Bell Bluff Hike

Bell Bluff Hike

Bell Bluff is one of several prominent peaks located around the town of Alpine, Ca. The trail leading to Bell Bluff starts in a quiet neighborhood where it crosses the Sweetwater River before leading you up and out of the canyon. The hike to Bell Bluff is relatively easy and the trail is well-traveled and good for hiking and trail running.

The summit of Bell Bluff is accessed by way of a small trail that leads you up the western face of the peak. Getting to the top will require a steel will, some good hiking shoes and a willingness to do some light bushwhacking and rock scrambling. Take care when attempting to summit, however, because you are exposed in some areas of the climb. A fall could be serious, and this hike should not be attempted by people who are inexperienced, improperly prepared, or not physically fit.

Bell Bluff Hike trail info.

  • Distance: 7.2 miles (one way)
  • Hiking time: 4-5 hours
  • Type: Out and back
  • Elevation gain: 1835’
  • Difficulty: 7/10 (bushwhacking, distance, off-trail navigation, scrambling)
  • Elevation: 3409’
  • Rank on 100 peaks list: 67/100
  • Usage: Hiking, Trail running, Dogs allowed
  • When to go: Spring, Fall, Winter
  • Agency: Cleveland National Forest

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