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Bear Creek South Fork

Trail Details

Round Trip 7.1 miles
Starting Altitude 8,400ft
Highest Point 12,800/12,700ft
Elevation Gain 4,300/4,400ft
Round Trip 10-12 hours

This trail branches off the main trail just above the Yellow Jacket Mine where the main trail switchbacks to the left. Continue straight, following the sign indicating Engineer Pass. The trail rises gently to timberline, where the jeep road at Engineer Pass may be seen in the far distance. The trail follows the creek up the open tundra to a location where rock cairns indicate the route up a small rise. From the top of the rise, the trail is easily visible and provides a steady gradual climb to Engineer Pass.

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