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

  Bear Creek

  John Muir Wilderness

Rosemarie Meadow

Bear Creek Diversion Dam Trailhead

photo of sign pointing to Bear Creek Diversion Dam, John Muir Wilderness, CA

Turnoff to Bear Creek Diversion Dam Trailhead

The Bear Creek Diversion Dam trailhead for the Bear Creek Trail is 51 miles east of Prather on Highway 168. The last 18 miles are over narrow and steep Kaiser Pass Road. Plan extra time for this part of the trip. The final 2.3 miles to the trailhead require a 4-wheel drive vehicle with good clearance. Options include hiking the 4-wheel road or departing from an alternate trail near Lake Edison.


Parking: Park on glaciated granite at the trailhead. There are no facilities.

photo of Lake Thomas A. Edison, John Muir Wilderness, CA

Lake Thomas A. Edison

Alternate Trails

An alternate trail begins near the dam at Lake Thomas A. Edison. This 5-mile trail traverses the hillside south of the lake, eventually crossing over the ridge at 9,500 feet and descending to meet the John Muir Trail. Another trail crosses the ridge to the Bear Creek Trail from a trailhead south of the dam.

Nearby Camping and Lodging

Good campgrounds around Lake Edison and at Florence Lake. Lodging is available at Vermilion Valley Resort at Lake Edison and also at nearby Mono Hot Springs. Both resorts have small stores.