Bear Creek and Traverse Creek Falls – El Dorado National Forest

Bear Creek Falls

Bear Creek Falls and Traverse Creek Falls.  Probably the slowest 2.6 miles ever.  We made an attempt to avoid planting our faces against rocks and landing on our bums by taking our sweet time navigating through this hike.  Both of us managed to get ourselves wet.  At one point, I used my face as a third climbing point on a rock, saving me from a fall.  Spiffy.

I was wearing a pair of Ozark boots from Walmart, REI silk sock liners and DarnTough hiking socks.  Awesome combination.  Even with wet feet, I was still a happy hiker.  I managed to walk away from this hike without any rashes from Poison Oak, but both of us banged up our knees and shins.  The TAD Gear merino wool base layer was also great.  When wool gets wet, it still keeps you warm.

Lots of scrambling, crawling and jumping.  It was a good hike.

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6 Comments on “Bear Creek and Traverse Creek Falls – El Dorado National Forest”

  1. March 9, 2010 at 12:38 am #

    i went snowshoeing with a friend of mine a few weeks back. the first campsite was 2 miles away from the ranger station with a 1000ft elevation climb. it took a few hours hahah. that was long.

    • March 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

      Those climbs are rough. I don’t recall what the climb was at Horsetail Falls, but it was steep. I’m sure switchbacks were frequent.

  2. Kailyr perry
    March 3, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    Leave you post private me and others. Love are local spot and rather it stay a secret as you noticed there are no signs or markers I live 2 miles from the water fall and love that it’s so secluded

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