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Bear Canyon Loop Trail in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness

Updated on March 19, 2020
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I am very outdoorsy, and always looking for new hiking partners.

The forest needs our help, always.
The forest needs our help, always. | Source

The Forest Could Always Use Your Help

Those of us who absolutely love nature, and being able to have the privilege of traversing through it in all its beauty, I ask today that you take some time to find out what is happening in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. Nature needs our help just as much as we need help from nature, so please take the time out of your day to see how you can help save our forests.

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Bear Canyon Trailhead

This is the entrance to the 6.1 mile trail that is Bear Canyon Loop, and I highly advise that if you are ever visiting SoCal you pick up your recreation pass and make your way out to this splendid hiking spot. Though I've never completed it due to not having a proper partner to go hiking with, I reckon it would take me somewhere around three or four hours to complete. The difficulty is moderate, and for most that is an understatement so be careful if you are new to hiking and you do decide to head out.

Make sure you always sign in! It is for your safety!
Make sure you always sign in! It is for your safety! | Source

Sign In!

A lot of people are willing to take the risk of not signing in right after passing the trailhead, and I would like to inform you that those people do not have their best interests in mind. It is always in your best interests to sign in on the provided list so that if you go missing while on your hike, the rangers will know exactly how many were in your group and where you planned to go that day. If you do not sign in to the trail list, state where you are heading, and instead head straight on out then I hope you brought a satellite GPS with you and that it just happens to be working.

Never take unnecessary risks with your life, that irritating little box with all the broken pencils just might save your life one day.

Gorgeous views.
Gorgeous views. | Source

Some of the Best Views

I know I mentioned not having made it to the end of the trail yet, and one day I hope to find a partner to make it with me, but even the beginning of the trail has some of the most beautiful views I've ever seen. The higher you go up the trail, which boasts an increase in elevation of 1,112 feet, the more beautiful everything becomes. The best time to go is after a very light rain, because smog is always a factor out here in California, and after a light rain you get the clearest blue skies and best visibility.

A beautiful forest.
A beautiful forest. | Source

My Favorite Spot

About a mile in, perhaps a bit more, there is a dense wooded area that is one of my favorite spots for pictures. If you ever get the chance to come out, this would be a great place for a photo shoot, especially if you are brave enough to go slightly off trail. There are plenty of different varieties of plants around the area, and societal noise pollution is nearly non-existent. You can really lose yourself in this little forest, just sit down on a stump and drift away with the beauty and sounds of nature.

Make It a Priority to Visit!

You cannot come to SoCal and pass this gem of a trail up, and if it does not suit your fancy there are plenty more in the immediate area to choose from. As I stated earlier make sure you pick up your recreation pass, because the official parking lot requires to you have one in order to park. If you do not have a pass then there is always unreliable highway parking, which I do not advise despite the vast amount of people who utilize it. I've seen rangers out posting tickets on some of the cars that park on the turnouts on the highway.

I hope to see you out on the trail some time soon!

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    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      5 days ago from Corona, CA

      Make sure to bring lots of water!

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      Mitara N 

      5 days ago from South Africa

      Lovely article, if ever we travel to your parts of the world, will add these to my list. Beautiful views, so tranquil. I would definitely appreciate the experience

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      8 days ago from Corona, CA

      Southern California is one of the most rugged regions, basically just a mountainous tropical desert. I love it!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 days ago from England

      Looks like a great place to visit. Being over here in the UK we have lovely walks but not so rugged as the U.S.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      8 days ago from Corona, CA

      @AL: You can rest assured I'll be remembering all your survival tips and using them if ever they become relevant on my nature excursions. About the little man, we are attached at the hip so where I go he goes, hahaha!

      @Zulma: Thank you so much, Zulma!

      @Shauna: I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the few pictures I provided, we go lots of places and take lots of pictures so I'll be doing more articles like this soon.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 days ago from Central Florida

      Kyler, I'm way on the other side of the country so I doubt I'll make it to SoCal, but I sure enjoyed the sights you provided in this article. I'd love to see more!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      8 days ago from United Kingdom

      This place looks amazing. I love wandering through nature. It's so calming. I doubt I'll ever go here, but there are plenty of places here in England where I can indulge myself.

      You little guy is adorable, by the way.

      Have a great weekend.

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      AL 

      8 days ago from South Equator, East Pacific

      I envy those aesthetic views Kyler, I am a big fan of the outdoors. It's a pity my locality has mushrooming concrete structures that are replacing the greens. I have to travel long distances if I intend to be one with nature.

      It's great you carry the little man along, he will also be carrying +1 soon enough.

      In case you run out of water, remember my tips.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      8 days ago from Corona, CA

      Thank you, Peggy, and yes it is a very strenuous hike for most. Definitely worth the strain on the body, though, absolutely gorgeous area.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 days ago from Houston, Texas

      This trail sounds fabulous! I may not make it out there to ever take that trail, but it is fun knowing about it. That elevation change would make for some serious hiking for a person like me used to being closer to sea level. I enjoyed your photos.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      8 days ago from Corona, CA

      Thank you, Pamela, if you ever do visit then I suggest the drive itself just for all the scenic views and photo opportunities. It is just one long, beautiful stretch of highway through the rolling hills and mountains with plenty of camp sites and turn outs for you to take a very light stroll.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 days ago from Sunny Florida

      This looks a great place to hike through some beautiful scenery. I wish I was able to hike like that but those days are in the past for me. Regardless, I found this to be an interesting article.

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