ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bear Canyon Loop Trail in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness

Updated on March 19, 2020
Kyler J Falk profile image

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.


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!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)