Bear Creek

Old pack trail that is used by bikers and hardrock 100 racers occasionally. Highly recommended to start from the CT and go down. Top part is pretty overgrown with alpine willow. A bit of traversing and climbing takes you to a hunting camp in the beautiful putnam basin. Awesome riding above treeline to your west. Past the camp is probably to best section of downhill into the woods. Then its a lot of scree traversing thru seemingly endless rock gardens. Some old mining roads mark the end as you drop into mineral creek. Water level could be too high in early summer or after rains. Rumor has it the trail will be officially maintained and rerouted to finish at a bridge. Support the silverton singletrack society and make it happen

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