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Bear Diversion Dam Road

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:30 am
by aztecapiramide
We have been thinking of taking a 3 day backpacking trip to Bear Creek in Fresno County. Our only concern is the Bear Diversion Dam Road. On our research, many comments on that you need a 4x4 to be able to get to the creek. We currently own a 2008 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Pre-Runner 2wd with a 9” clearance. Any one have experience with this road? Any input would be appreciated.

Re: Bear Diversion Dam Road

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:57 am
by maverick

Re: Bear Diversion Dam Road

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:29 pm
by AaronRDavis
I have a 2014 Tacoma Prerunner (2wd) with stock clearance and had no issues on this road in 2014. Only challenge I seem to recall was one steep section that required some momentum to avoid losing traction.

Re: Bear Diversion Dam Road

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:45 pm
by wildhiker
I drove this road in 2003 in a Subaru Outback - about 7 inches clearance. No problem, except I parked before the last big climb up an exposed granite slab - just walked that part.
-Phil

Re: Bear Diversion Dam Road

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:17 pm
by SSSdave
I've been up the road several times in my 4wd Subarus. Generally the road surface is not flat because it is often uneven bedrock so not a road for low clearance in the dark. In some spots may need to get out and make a plan. From the parking spots a short distance in from the Edison road, the BDD road routes east a short ways then turns south. At these cross hairs is often where the road is damaged due to vehicles digging out the surface climbing up this first steep section. The road there is narrow up against a granite rock wall and there are dangerous spots in the surface a low clearance vehicle can smash the underside on if they don't roll up the section wisely. Until the road turns east, it is not too bad however not for the acrophobic as off to the right the slope drops off steeply, so go slow. After turning east are 2 hills to climb that sometimes are full of loose rocks plus holes in the road one needs to avoid.

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=37.33742,-119.00052&z=19&t=S


Oh yeah common to see rattlesnakes along the road and at the DD.

Re: Bear Diversion Dam Road

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:51 pm
by aztecapiramide
Thanks to all of you for the great info. We'll be taking the trip towards the end of July.

SSSdave - What a coincidence earlier on Tuesday during my research on Bear Creek I came across your website, great pictures and and great information on trips in the Eastern Sierra. Thank you.