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Green Lake Road
Bear Cove

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Bear Cove


Bear Cove is approximately 3.5 miles from Herring Cove along Green Lake Road. Public access along Green Lake Road is by foot or bicycle traffic only. The road follows the shoreline of Silver Bay affording views of the bay and the surrounding mountains. There is light vehicle traffic from both the hydroelectric facility and the Medvejie salmon hatchery at Bear Cove.

Distance and Time: 7 miles; 1-4 hours (round trip)

Allowing time for a break and a brief look around the hatchery, a person on bicycle may be able to do the round trip in one hour without difficulty. The walker going at a moderate but steady pace may take an hour or more each way.

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation Change: Slight

  • There are a couple of hills along the road that some bicylists may prefer to walk up. In particular, the last hill before Bear Cove can be a challenge, especially on the return trip. Walking the hills should not prove difficult for most people.
Route Finding: Easy

Trail Condition: Very Good

  • Although the road is not maintained for public access, it is maintained for regular vehicle access. The typical hybrid or mountain bike should have little trouble and the hiker even less.
  • In winter the road may be icy.
Seasonal Notes


  • Mountain peaks covered in a deep layer of snow dominate the views.
  • The herring spawn often brings an abundance of wildlife.

  • Wildflowers are abundant
  • Bear scat is often visible along the road. The bears are not seen as often proably due to frequent passing of people.
  • Mid to late summer brings the return of the salmon to Medvejie Hatchery.
  • Some species of song birds frequent the alders that grow thick along the roadside.
  • In some years there has been an active eagle nest easily sighted above the road.

  • Late fall often brings snow to the higher elevations surrounding Silver Bay. There is something special about the look of the first snow of the year on the mountain peaks.

  • Deer may walk along the road to avoid deeper snow.
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Medvejie Lake Trail

Comments (2)

© Matt Goff

Created: July 7, 2007
Last updated: July 18, 2007


  1. You have no directions on how to get to the Bear Mountain trail that goes up the front side of Bear Mountain? I know there is a trail up the front side as I climbed it many years ago but I cannot remember how to get to the trail head.

    Comment by Ron Baines — September 11, 2014 @ 6:15 pm

  2. I don’t have that one as a trail with a description, but you get started right at Pole 41 where there’s a (somewhat overgrown) path cut up through the power line clear cut. Then you make your way up the (at times very steep) hill – there’s a bit of a trail, but it’s not always easy to find/follow.

    Comment by Matt Goff — September 17, 2014 @ 8:16 am

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