photo of Rosemarie Meadow on the upper part of Bear Creek, John Muir Wilderness, CA

  Bear Creek

  John Muir Wilderness

Rosemarie Meadow

Camping along Bear Creek in the John Muir Wilderness

Lou Beverly Lake, John Muir Wilderness, CA

Lou Beverly Lake

Good campsites are scattered along Bear Creek from just a mile or two above the Bear Creek Diversion Dam trailhead all the way up the creek's headwaters near Selden Pass. Many hikers opt to take a side trail to one of the nearby lakes to camp. One of the most convenient is Lou Beverly Lake, less than a mile off the John Muir Trail (2 miles above the Hilgard Branch junction).


Fishing for brook trout is good along Bear Creek, especially along the first several miles above the diversion dam. In the higher country try alpine lakes such as Lou Beverly Lake, Sandpiper Lake, Three Island Lake, and Rose Lake.

photo of Rose Lake, John Muir Wilderness, CA

Rose Lake

Explore the Area

Consider an easy cross-country hike past Sandpiper Lake, Medley Lake, and up to Three Island Lake. A more adventurous trek is up the East Fork to Seven Gables Lakes and beyond to Vee Lake. A 5-mile trail leads up the Hilgard Branch to Lake Italy. Another easy side trip is up to 10500-foot Rose Lake.

Following the John Muir Trail south takes you through beautiful country that includes Rosemarie Meadow and Marie Lake.

Peak Bagging

13,075-foot Seven Gables is class 2 from the west slope. Read the details in Secor's The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, and Trails.