Upper Bear Creek Trail, Smith Mountain

  • February 16, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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12 Miles, 3500 Feet Elevation Gain. This hike will climb to Smith Saddle then to Smith Mountain. Then down to Bear Creek for some exploration, a waterfall that was prominent years ago seems to have been swollowed up by trees and plants. Hoping to locate it and clear a path of sorts. Then back up and over Smith Saddle back to the trail head on Hwy. 39.

From Interstate 210 in Azusa, take Azusa Avenue (Hwy. 39) north about 12 miles to the junction at East Fork Road (8.6 miles from the forest station at the mouth of the canyon). Continue straight on Hwy. 39 and drive another 6.2 miles to the parking area along the left side of the road (a quarter mile short of Coldbrook Campground). There is a vehicle gate at this location, and as of the date of the last page update, it is locked and the road is closed beyond. At the trailhead is a pit toilet, a San Gabriel Wilderness display sign, a forest service information sign, and a trail sign: "Bear Creek Tr. No.239W10." A National Forest Adventure Pass is required.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The hike was great as was the fellow hikers. Enjoyed the views from Smith Mt. and lunch at Bear creek. Although I was tired at the end still managed to take the wife out to dinner and catch a movie.

    2 · February 18, 2013

  • Jeff M

    What a great hike on a perfect day. Andrew did an excellent job of hike selection and leading, we had a great group, and the hike offered the perfect balance of challenge and scenery. I look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great workout for me as I took a long winter break. Beautiful location. Panoramic view atop Smith Mountain. Very enjoyable company including Dex the dog. Andrew is the best kind of hike leader in that he cares about the ppl who join his hikes. Plus he shares some amazing places for us to partake. And that I will, more and more. Thank you!

    February 16, 2013

  • Jim A

    Hello, great meeting all of you. Regret having to drop out, but realized quickly I wasn't up for it today. Pics are great!! Look forward to doing it another time.

    February 16, 2013

  • Tony Z.

    Thanks Andrew... can't beat a peak and waterfall on one hike....

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A nice maintained trail, the smith mountain is a little bit steep, which is fine

    February 16, 2013

  • Andrew

    This hike was fun, weather was spectacular making for great views in all directions. Plus we found the lost water fall.....how can ya bet that! Thanks to everyone who came.

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Andrew for letting me hike with you guys. It was nice to meet you all.

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • Dave B.

    smith mountain is pretty nice, i'm sorry i turned back, b/c my back is fine now. oh well. i got two ticks and dex got one (that i've found so far...), so check yourselves... once again i wonder if i should just take ticks prevention meds (spinosad), like dex does.

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • Phillip G.

    Sorry I can't make it. Something came up. Have a nice hike.

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Andrew. Yes I can meet in Azusa. Please let me know where and when, and I will be on time.

    February 15, 2013

    • Andrew

      Mylene I sent you an email.

      February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a Carpool? I'm in the San Fernando Valley.

    February 14, 2013

    • Andrew

      Mylene, your welcome to ride with me up the mountain if you can get to Azusa.

      February 15, 2013

  • Andrew

    Supposed to be a nice warm day tomorrow. Some winds possible. Morning will be chilly though. Really looking forward to the hike! See you there.

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Some friends did the loop last year. Found Upper Bear Cyn choked with trees and lots of poison ivy. I would suggest you dress accordingly.

    January 7, 2013

    • Ledyʕ•ﻌ•ʔ

      Andrew, you lost a waterfall? ;o)

      February 4, 2013

    • Andrew

      Yes, and I just had the damn thing....now where did I put it?

      1 · February 5, 2013

  • Andrew

    I got a machete for Christmas....will be bringing it!!

    January 10, 2013

  • "BERNIE"

    don't get in my way when I'm clearing the trail!

    January 9, 2013

  • Cindy H.

    Sorry just realized I have a prior engagement for that weekend.

    January 7, 2013

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