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Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass

Trinity Alps + Marble Mountain Wilderness, California

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  • Crossing the bridge along the Bear Basin Trail.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Hiking through the forest.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Ferns have turned golden brown during the fall.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Looking up a mossy pine.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Reflections of the trail in a puddle created by a small stream.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Two chipmunks hang out on a rock.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Walking along a massive meadow's edge.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Large bunches of ferns surround the trail in many places.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • The large meadow before Bear Basin.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Just entering the Bear Basin plain.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • One of the ridges surrounding Bear Basin.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • These interesting flowers seem to change colors in the fall.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Golden ferns with a background of changing fall colors.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • A shrub with bright red berries begins to change colors.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Wildflowers turning golden orange during the fall.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • One of the best views of the Trinity Alps.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Making another steep climb to 7-Up.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Siligo Peak standing proud above Deer Creek.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Walking along the precarious 7-Up Pass.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Looking down into the Deer Creek watershed from 7-Up.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • A dead and bleached tree leans over the mountain side.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
  • Heading back through Bear Basin.- Bear Basin + Seven Up Pass
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Stunning basin surrounded by peaks. Large meadows. Incredible views.
Cons: 
One very steep section.
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Region:
Trinity Alps + Marble Mountain Wilderness, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,500.00 ft (1,066.80 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
18.40 mi (29.61 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,060.00 ft (1,237.49 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Bear Basin is less visited than most destinations along Swift Creek likely because there are no lakes within the basin, but this only adds to the magical aura. For the first several miles the trail leads along Swift Creek, where waterfalls cascade over large boulders and through a steep canyon. Shortly after crossing Parker Creek at 3.6 miles, a trail junction takes adventurers off the Swift Creek Trail and onto the Bear Basin Trail. There are several campsites around this junction, so it is a good base camp area if you wish to make a day hike into Bear Basin instead of hauling a backpack all the way in. 

Along the Bear Basin Trail a sturdy wooden bridge crosses Swift Creek and heads up to Bear Basin. The first couple of miles are forested until they open up to an expansive meadow. Follow the trail along the meadow's edge before heading into more forest and crossing several small streams. A few miles later the trail almost immediately opens up into a huge plain surrounded by towering ridges of grey, tan, and red. This is Bear Basin, a seemingly untouched plain surrounded by several colliding rock types. Backpackers will find great areas to camp on the fringes of the basin along the creek.

From the Swift Creek Trailhead to the end of Bear Basin it is approximately 7.5 miles, leaving another 1.7 miles to the end of 7-Up pass. Continuing along the trail takes hikers up a steep trail leading out of the basin to a phenomenal viewpoint of the jagged Trinity Alps. From here visitors may want to return or continue on for more amazing views. Another steep trail winds around the red rock up to 7-Up Pass. From this pass hikers or backpackers can return to the Swift Creek Trailhead by following the adventure for Granite Lake.

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