Bear Mountain Trail

HARD 63 reviews
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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.

4.6 miles 2092 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=55222&actid=50

hiking
9 days ago

1800ft of elevation amazing veiws

11 days ago

Love the hike and views are Amaizing!

hiking
13 days ago

Difficult but doable, had my 2yr old strapped to by back and still made it.

hiking
30 days ago

This Is one of the best and challenging hike I have done. Plenty of spots to take great photos also try to fallow the white spots I got lost for a minute since I miss some of them but got back in trail and made it to the top. I recommend this hike bring plenty of water and snacks. Also don't expect nothing else then "End of trail " when you get to the top. Lol

hiking
1 month ago

Wow! Definitely strenuous but so worth the effort. You really do need to watch your white trail markers as we did mistakenly take a wrong turn at one point. We realized after a bit we were not on the trail and made our way back down where with the help of another hiker we picked up the correct trail. No problems after that. It's hard but doable and worth it for the views!

1 month ago

Outstanding! Not nearly as daunting as described here. A few "hard" spots, but mostly moderate for this 68 yr old Alaskan female! Many easy areas to recover from the steep and even a couple of short downhills! Happy I had my poles and starting at 8 AM allowed me to be alone all the way to the summit. If you're a serious hiker, this is very enjoyable.

hiking
1 month ago

From our standpoint, "strenuous" was a cruel understatement. The views were incredible, and worth the exertion, but Bear Mountain is no leisurely stroll through Red Rocks. The entire ascent is stair stepped up the rocky incline. Virtually no flat trails on the entire approach. Upon completing the first challenging trek, we were completely psyched out realizing that we weren't even halfway there. All totaled, we took a full five hours to complete, but the accomplishment and scenery were well worth it! (As a qualifier, we are avid hikers, and have completed a 14'er in Colorado - Quandary Peak - so use that as a reference for difficulty)

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2 months ago

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

2 months ago

kick ass

2 months ago

2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Awsome trail, it has great views. The first climbing is hard, rocky and steep; but once you finish it, things get easier.

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely challenging. Beautiful views.

hiking
2 months ago

4 months ago

Love this hike! The views at the top are well worth the huffing and puffing!