Started from FR 300G and dropped into East Bear Canyon via a super steep, slippery route. We were immediately treated with fall colors as soon as we got down to the bottom, so that was nice! Navigating through this canyon is a bit tricky as there are TONS of huge downed trees you need to maneuver over/around. It was mostly dry in the creek bed so rock hopping is an option if it’s too thick on the sides. I had read you need patience and route finding skills for this one and I can definitely see where the patience part came from. It was really nice seeing foliage plus canyon walls though! We stopped at the recommended lunch spot and it was very peaceful. At this point we needed to choose whether to continue and loop towards west bear canyon or if we were going to choose the shorter path. We couldn’t see any color towards the west side so we opted for the steep exit back to the road. There were some very faint path type things to follow, but it essentially just goes straight up on slippery terrain and it was not my favorite exit We finally reached the road and were moving much quicker. However, there were alluring pockets of red in the little canyons off to the side of the road, so we were distracted a few times wandering around and breaking up a boring road walk. Sadly, we did not see any bears in bear canyon. And that’s a wrap on rim leaf peeping. Saw zero people this whole hike!