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    Crabtree Trail to Bear Lake

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    13.4 km
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    295 m
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    The Crabtree Trail to Bear Lake is a beautiful hike within the bounds of the Stanislaus National Forest. This scenic path travels through meadowlands dotted with cattle and through lush woodlands before opening to the alpine lake bound by granite bluffs. We love this hike, and you will too.

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    Route Description for Crabtree Trail to Bear Lake

    Hiking the Crabtree Trail to Bear Lake makes for an incredible day of trekking. Enjoy the alpine scenery as you wander through the High Country, and if you have the gear, camp overnight alongside the shimmering lake. Note that the terrain is rocky and uneven, so a sturdy pair of footwear will make a difference. Additionally, when walking in the warmer weather, bring some bug spray!

    Setting out from the Crabtree Trailhead, the Crabtree Trail to Bear Lake Hike follows the Crab Tree Trail. The initial segment of the trek travels south, steeply climbing through the thinning forestlands and over a snowmelt stream. Don’t let the intensity deter you; the path will soon plateau. The route will divert you east, and the incline will become more gradual. Passing Camp Lake, you will confront an intersection. At this point, you will want to veer left onto the Bear Lake Trail. Wander this path northeast up to Bear Lake.

    Marvel in the beauty of the crystalline lake bounded by granite bluffs and verdant conifers. After admiring the postcard-perfect scenery, retrace your footing along the route back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Crabtree Trail to Bear Lake Trailhead

    The Crabtree Trail to Bear Lake departs from the Crabtree Trailhead off Crabtree Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Backcountry Camping, wilderness permit required.

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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