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Bear Valley To Lake Alpine Trail

Average Rating:    (4.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Graded single track, fairly easy climbing through beautiful alpine forest topping out on a volcanic ridge. Best connection from Bear Valley to the Lake Alpine and Mt. Reba single track trail system. A guide book detailing this and 19 other rides in Bear valley is available from the local bike shop - Bear Valley Adventure Company for $4.95 (209)753-2834. Call the shop for current conditions and weather.
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Latitude
38.46108279838096
Longitude
-120.03739356994629
Trail Directions
From the West (central valley, Bay Area) state highway 4 East 50 miles past Angels Camp to the village of Bear Valley. Park at the Bear Valley Adventure Company or nearby parking lots. Trail begins about 1/2 mile east of Bear Valley on Hwy 4 the right side.
Trail Length
3 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Bear Valley
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 25, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Eric ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode from Bear Valley Adventure Center up to lake Alpine and several rides around the lake. This is a perfect intermediate ride. I rode this on Saturday for the first time and then Sunday. For those from the Bay area like myself and not used to loose rock gardens it took a day to get used too before I was powering through them. I also recommend spending at least 2 days here, it takes one day of riding just to acclimate to the elevation. Single track trails consist of soft dirt, hard pack, small rocks, and large granite slabs. The book is no longer sold at the bike shop they now sell a map which worked well. Also the guys at the bike shop are super nice and provide alot of help.

Recommended Route:
Rode the trail from Bear Valley towards Lake Alpine, made a left past the campground and headed back across 4 and up through some more awesome single track. This trail dumps you back onto 4 where you cross and head around the lake to the jeep trail. Take the jeep trail and then turn left on a trail that is kind of paved through the campground and onto 4. Rode 4 and then made a right on 207, on the left side is a sweat single track(sign is in the weeds just before a guardrail) rode this back to the bear valley adventure center. Sorry for no trail names my buddy has the map but the guys at the bear valley adventure center will help you out with a recommended route.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
These are the only ones that were ride able per the bike shop when we were up.



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Review Date
October 12, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: shikoku ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode the trail from Bear Valley towards Lake Alpine, then the Granite trail up to the jeep road, down the jeep road to the Alpine lake trail and around the lake. All the trails were beautiful and challenging with rocks, logs, soft dust and places you had to walk your bike.

Rode back to Bear Valley via the ski area access highway and turned of downhill on a steep singletrack. This trail is difficult but very enjoyable. It is steep in places, is always narrow and twisty, is across some slickrock and has several drop offs.

Recommended Route:
Describe your ability and interest to the people at the sports shop in Bear Valley. The will give you very nice directions. Buy the map guidebook if you are going to ride more than once.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
It would take several days to ride all of the singletrack around Bear Valley.
The high altitude makes these trails tough. Spend time to acclimate before riding.



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Review Date
September 2, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JasonEDH ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail starts just east of the Bear Valley Adventure Company. I highly recommend starting out there, and asking the friendly shop personnel about the local rides. This is the trail they recommend to most newbies to the area. I told them I was looking for a 10-15 mile ride of moderately technical singletrack. This one was perfect for me and my riding buddy. It was 9 miles, but at 7,000ft...it was a great distance with a nice balance of climbing.

The first half of the ride was my favorite. You climb up from the BV Adventure Center to Lake Alpine.

Beware, there are several sections that do have moderately difficult rock gardens...especially on the second half of the trail where they become VERY difficult, and more me...unrideable.

The views on this ride are incredible.

Recommended Route:
Buy the trail booklet from the bike shop and ask the shop personnel for advise on where to start. We started just east of the tennis courts which are located east of the BV Adventure Company and on the south side of Hwy 4. From there the trail climbs up to a campground, and you cross to the north side of Hwy 4. This will take you to the top of the climb and to the east shore of Lake Alpine. From here you cross Hwy 4 to the south side and start back. We took Emmigrant Gap trail, which is the more difficult track back.



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Review Date
October 30, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
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Reviewed by: Chris , from Fortuna, CA

Summary:
Singe track trails are easy climbing, moderatey technical, but relatively short. I recommend the Bear Trap Basin ride first as a warm-up (8-miles) and then finish up with the shorter rides surrounding Lake Alpine and Bear Valley. All of the rides in the Bear Valley area are really scenic and I was alone on the trails late in October.

Recommended Route:
Trail head across Highway 4 from Bear Valley bike and ski shop. Check out their bike trails guidebook and spend some $ in their store.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bear trap basin, immigrant trail



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Review Date
November 28, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Special K , from Menlo Park

Summary:
Challenging Climb. If you're from the bay area, beware.. the elevation is 7000 feet and will take a day or two to get used, so don't go first thing after the 4 hour drive. I used to work at Bear Valley Ski Resort and let me tell you, the 4 hour drive is not all that bad. In the Summer you also might want to check out the resort for things happening around the mountain. 99 they held the knobular world cup series that also took place in Sqwua. Oh, and another thing.. Trail not open in winter unless you feel like snow biking.

Recommended Route:
Take Side trails, they are the most fun. If you're looking for paved easy-stuff, you can stick to the new paved trail around most of lake alpine. Otherwise, prepare to get lost :)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
oops, see above.



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