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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 difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,637 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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bird watching

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views

wild flowers

hiking
muddy
16 days ago

It took us a while to find the trail head. You feel like you’re going in someone’s driveway, but the trail is just to the left of it. The views are INCREDIBLE. Just like most Alaskan trails it’s mostly straight up. I was surprised by how many sections were flat and made it easier. The trails is muddy and seems to be all year. I slipped in the mud a lot coming down. That’s why I gave it four stars. But the views are AMAZING. It was fun to switch it up from Mt. Marathon which is next to it.

hiking
21 days ago

This was a really fun hike! Straight up at the beginning, and then it levels out, then straight up again, all the way to the top. But worth the views!

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
snow
1 month ago

hiking
9 months ago

Little bear Locals call this little bear because the actual summit is over 4,000. Locals call that big bear, or more accurately ‘bear’ I descended down Lowell canyon

hiking
10 months ago

Find a walking stick. Pretty steep and muddy in the beginning of the trail. Views are very rewarding at the top. I will be back with gear to hike all the way to beak mountain peak. And maybe beyond. Loved the views.

hiking
over grown
rocky
11 months ago

We loved the trail overall. I think the moderate rating is misleading though. We have done some moderate trails that are like a walk in the park, this was challenging. Know that this is definitely not consistent with what I consider moderate! The first portion of the trail is loose dirt but trees are helpful getting up. The middle section is dense with growth. The trail is very hard to see at times. Past the shoulder high grass and ferns lead to some pretty steep and slippery inclines. The reward is at the top and well worth the effort.

hiking
bugs
over grown
scramble
11 months ago

Pretty awesome hike, the only reason I don’t give this a 5 star review is because it was overgrown like crazy. To be honest though, that sort of adds to the fun and it was a real adventure if you like that. A bit of scrambling here and there as well to keep things interesting. The view from the top is absolutely incredible all around.

hiking
off trail
over grown
scramble
11 months ago

hiking
Fri Jun 28 2019

Great hike. Beautiful views.Thoroughly enjoyed.

Sun Jun 02 2019

Take the trail less traveled. didn't make it to the top, but fun and challenging trail, both up and down. Read the other reviews as they are right on point. Great views and not a lot of traffic.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
Wed May 29 2019

It’s easy to see how the mountain gets its name. It seems necessary to bear crawl for the first 30 minutes or so. The trail is very steep, narrow, and not well kept at all. However, once you get past the tree line, the views of Seward and of Resurrection Bay are amazing! There was still quite a bit of snow and ice present at higher elevations even toward the end of May. I Made it to about 2,100 feet when another in my hiking party needed to turn around. It took longer than expected, the elevation was steeper than expected, and overall, the hike was harder than expected. Be prepared for steep climbs, muddy trails, and sore legs.

hiking
blowdown
Sat May 25 2019

hiking
Wed Aug 29 2018

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 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

recorded Little Bear

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Sat Jun 15 2019

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