Ortega Oaks Candy Store off of Ortega Hwy. The trailhead to hike the Bear Canyon Loop in the Cleveland National Forest is located right behind the Ortega Oaks Candy store. A map of the area can be found below in the Google map. You will need a Forest Adventure Pass to park at the Bear Canyon Loop Trailhead. One can be purchased at the Ortega Oaks Candy Store across Ortega Highway.
On this hike we also saw a tarantula as well as other wildlife like hawks and turkey vultures. The wildflowers were in full bloom when we did this hike. It is a great hike to do if you are looking to see wildflowers after a good rainy season.
Rating: Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft. (Moderate), Distance: 6.8 Miles Roundtrip (Moderate).
Time to Complete Hike: 2.5 - 4 hours.
MORE TRAIL WRITE-UPS ON THE BEAR CANYON LOOP
August 4, 2010 (This Post)
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