Bear Mountain is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Seward, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,637 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
2 months ago

It was a rainy day, but I had to get out of the apartment! Bear Mountain is a nice trail! At first I didn't see the start of the trail, but it's off to the left of the driveway of a blue house when you reach the corner. I actually parked in the marathon trail area, and just walked down the road. it's got tall grass and growth shrouding the trail. It was muddy of course, but I managed not to fall, there were an abundance of roots to grab on the way up or anchor on the way down if you don't have cleats...not a lot of scrambling. Once above the timberline the wind really picked up. It takes casual effort, just have fun and enjoy it, there are sights of Marathon, some cascading falls down below, wild blueberries...it's a pleasant hike. The grass and various vegetation throughout the climb is thick. the trail is still pretty easy to navigate, but the footing is obscured. The views will be much better on a clear day, because most of the peaks were invisible during my hike. The rainy day hike is occasionally necessary, and this was a good trail to pick for it. Seward gives off that harbor-port town vibe perfectly on a foggy day as well.

hiking
2 months ago

Saturday, August 27, 2016