Bear Creek

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.51 out of 5
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Intermediate
10
miles

Singletrack
↑ 5,800 ft
↓ 6,600 ft
2,843
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Blue Ridge Mountain singletrack at its finest. This out-n-back trail weaves its way upwards through shaded valleys and semi-steep hills. The trail is an equal mix of narrow singletrack and old fireroad doubletrack. The climb to the overlook is rewarded with a wicked downhill spin that brings you back to your starting point. The lower points of this trail are nearly always a little bit damp and tacky, but the trail is rideable nearly year-round because it drains so well into Bear Creek. There are several creek crossings and switchbacks to make things fun. Stop and take a picture at the Gannet Poplar, a very old and massive tree along the trail. Numerous trailheads are in the area, but the preferred route is to park on Gates Chapel Rd and ride up FS 90 to the small parking area where the singletrack starts.


From the parking area, ride up the gravel road, bearing left at the sign for the Bear Creek trail approx. 1 1/2 miles to the trailhead (there is a small parking area at the trailhead, but we always ride the gravel road as a warm-up). There are two trails here, but take the one beside the information kiosk. The other way is not meant for humans. After crossing a small, rocky creek, stay left at the sign for the Bear Creek Loop trail. After climbing two short whoops right beside the creek, follow the hard left switchback uphill (do NOT cross the logs and continue straight). Continue up the singletrack to the forest service gate. At the grassy clearing, continue to the LEFT, uphill on the doubletrack. After crossing through a wide but shallow creek, go left downhill to the gate and onto the gravel road. Turn right on the gravel road and continue up approx. 1/2 mile to the overlook. Enjoy the view! Continue to ride up the gravel road another couple hundred yards to the sign for the upper parking lot. Turn into the lot and follow the singletrack trail downhill. There are several hard switchbacks and the trail will dump you out back at the wide shallow creek. Continue the ride back downhill the same way you climbed up!
added by RebusDoubletrack January 1, 2003
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: Any recommendations on cabins to rent close to Bear Creek Trail? Must be pet-friendly and have Internet (working vacation). -ASK_1969

A: For close access to the trail head, you can book this cabin which has amazing views and can accommodate larger groups as well. Cheers. www.airbnb.com/rooms/7395852?s=78ey

MountainBear answered on January 5, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Q: where is the real located -trecfuel80

A: There is also Mulberry Gap where you can camp. Awesome place !!!

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Granny Gear

July 12, 2016
 
Review: As many others have said, great trail, Justin bracket ready to climb. Great workout and a ton of fun on the way down!

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Gramcounter

June 20, 2016
 
Review: Lots of climbing, bring your legs. Too much of the trail is in fire road and I would go to Jake Mountain anytime before coming here.

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Bunny Hop

June 15, 2016
themanro Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Photo essay with a review of Bear Creek and other near by trails: http://journal.rusinov.ro/90-percent-chance-of-rain/

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Granny Gear

June 5, 2016
joevdenne Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great trail with nice long climb and fun ride back down. Seems like a very safe trail up and down but, also a great workout.

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Gramcounter


June 4, 2016
cc2012 Gramcounter  
 
Review: The Bear Creek Loop is a special ride. Contrary to the trail description, you can ride it counter clockwise (the not for humans part). Mere mortals (of which I am) cannot ride the first mile. It is brutal and a hike not a bike. No question that part is a SOB. But after that the remaining 3 mile climb to the gate is reasonable. From there you can climb the 1.5 miles to the amazing overlook through the shallow wide creek as described and theN it is a 4 mile bomb down. Or you can skip the overlook and hit the downhill. Truly a great loop l with a little hiking. If you park at the bear creek traihead, the first half is the climb up to the overlook. It took me 1 hr to climb. The decent back by the Gennett Poplar (larger thing in GA - take a pic) is a memorable, amazing and special ride. All in, the loop is just under 10 miles. The only part that is out back is the top 1.5 mile climb to the overlook. The trail description for the out/back experience is spot on. But if you want the loop, deal with the first mile and then you are good.

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Bunny Hop

November 25, 2015
spike07 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This is by far the best trail I have ridden to date. The app direction do not take you to the main bear creek trail head but to the bear creek spur trail head. take Hwy 52 west to mile marker 8 (on left side of the road); turn right onto Gates Chapel; go 5.4 miles to small bridge; park on the side of the road. (Please do not use the side of the road as an outhouse or changing facility! Our local neighbors don't appreciate the sights!) ^^^ That might help!

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Gramcounter

November 22, 2015
jezones Gramcounter  
 
Review: It's a great trail in both directions, it's a great climb to the top and a even more fun to bomb down to the bottom. Lots of creek crossing and rocks and jumps. Pretty much everything a mountain biker could want.

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Gnarly


November 14, 2015
Autocrat9 Gnarly  
 
Review: Beautiful place....with some serious climbing. But you know what they say what goes up must come down.....and once you get to the overlook.....it's all downhill from there. whew!

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Bunny Hop

October 10, 2015
scotkrzy Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I finally made it out of Florida to ride, the climb to the overlook taught me a few lessons about long grade climbs but well worth it, going down was excellent! As a Florida boy it was white knuckle for me, loved it!!! We did Bear creek & Pinhoti 1. Was really fun. We stayed at Ft Mountain State Park. Good trails there too.

Similar Trail: None in Florida lol

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Granny Gear

September 19, 2015
Gravitt Granny Gear  
 
Review: Loved the constant incline. Awesome trail.

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Bear Creek MTB Trail 4.51 out of 5 based on 98 ratings. 98 user reviews.
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