Thanks much to Tom Morgan for his photo contributions!


  • Distance:                                 8.8 miles                  

  • Beginning elevation:             802'

  • Ending elevation:                 5,754'

  • Elevation gained:                 3'874'

  • Average Grade:                    11.2%

  • Fiets Index:                             16.41
  • Location:  Climb begins at the intersection of Hwy 223 (E. Bear Mountain Blvd) and Deer Trail Drive by climbing up Dear Trail.  Climb begins 5 miles west of Arvin, CA,, 26 miles southeast of Bakersfield and 113 miles north of LAX at 35.211944, -118.73902 latitude/longitude.

​Cycling and Climbing California 

The Bear 

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Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the The Bear RideWithGPS page.  Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub-segment for this climb.  Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the mouse at the end point.  This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page:  (a) distance, (b) Elevation gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.

Each elevation segment is ~ 1/6th of a mile.

Hover cursor over segment slices, below, for exact  grade of a particular segment. Map route (bottom) colors correlate with elevation legend colors.

Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.

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