Bear Mountain Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Some pretty amazing views on this hike. Be warned this hike is hot, not a lot of shade or wind so even on a 78 degree day this hike was a ball buster. Make sure you wear sunscreen and have plenty of water. At times this trail is also like a choose your own adventure where you go a while without seeing a trail marker then all of a sudden you see 10 in a row. All this aside the views are worth the pain you will feel on bear mountain trail
This is a difficult hike. I did it a couple times but made it to the top only once about a month ago. The trail can be hard to follow in places, especially once you're on the rocks. It is very steep the entire way with very little shade so bring enough water! The views are incredible as you get higher, and there is a false summit that affords the best views. So if you wanted to turn around after hitting the false summit, you aren't missing anything. Don't do this hike in hot weather and preferably start it in the early morning to avoid any heat or direct sun.
Awsome trail, the trail is kinda hard for a beginner like me but the view and experience are worth to try. Remember to bring lots of water.
Great hike, but be ready for an all uphill climb. Trail starts by walking a path across a grassy area and rises steeply from here. We have hiked this trail twice and enjoyed it both times. Be sure to allow plenty of time for scenic views at the top. We started our 3rd hike up Bear on 9/22/16 and were about 1/2 way up when the rain started and the fog came in. We made it down just in time before it rained harder. This trail is not for the novice, but is definitely worth the effort.
It's not a hike if it's not challenging! Great challenging hike. Up and down in about 3.75 hours (took half an hour lunch break). The view from the false summit is almost better than the actual summit. Trees obstruct your view to the north at the top.
Just Wow... one of the best hiking experience ever!
It was more like a inception.. once you reach top of a peak.. you will see another taller than that standing next ... like that you got to hike almost more than 10 peaks to reach the end of trail !!
All the routes are marked and guides you right to the top .
It takes 5 hours to complete this trail!
Definitely challenging. Beautiful views.
Love this hike! The views at the top are well worth the huffing and puffing!
Great hike! Nice change of scenery! Bring lot of water and sunblock. Barely any shade.
Trail starts across the street from the parking lot. Pay meter costs $5.
Follow the white elongated hexagon shapes to stay on the trail. A little difficult to follow on the initial ascent, but good for the most part. We brought 5L of water, drank 4, and gobbled down some energy bars. Weather was sunny, appx 90F and windy
My girlfriend and I are in good physical shape and were up and down in a little under 4 hours. We took some picture, snack, water breaks and hung out at the summit/ other cool places for a while.
There are a couple of nice shady spots to rest towards the summit, other than that mostly direct sunlight.
I would definitely do this hike again, absolutely beautiful views the entire way up.
I have lived in Sedona for the past 16 years and this is by far my favorite hike. There are various different terrains, it is an incredible workout, and the views are absolutely spectacular. This trail is also not heavily travelled so you aren't bogged down by slower hikers. It's defiantly a challenge but it is well worth the hike. There are 5 stages along this hike and I would say they are all special and unique but the views don't get better past stage 4 (the view you see in the pic). However, if you do summit you can see the San Fransisco peaks if you look in the direction of Flagstaff.
Much more difficult than expected but worth it. Trail occasionally difficult to follow. Several steep sections with some scrambling. Views amazing with varied terrain. Took longer than I expected.