Bear Mountain Trail

HARD 343 reviews
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Bear Mountain Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona 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.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1994 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

From the "Y" roundabout (the intersection of Highway 179 and Highway 89A), drive west on Highway 89A about 3 miles. Turn right on Dry Creek Road. Stay on Dry Creek Road about 3 miles to the end and a stop sign. Turn left on Boynton Pass Road and proceed about 1 1/2 miles to a stop sign. Turn left, continuing on Boynton Pass Road. The trailhead is the second trailhead on the left side, about 1 3/4 miles from the stop sign. The trailhead is across the road from the parking area

hiking
4 days ago

Pretty tough trail. I recommend bringing lots of snacks and water. Also we went in a windy day extra jackets helped. Views all the way up and down were stunning! The hike is definitely worth it

12 days ago

It was a great hike and has several “false summits” for first timers

hiking
14 days ago

I am reasonable fit and it was 2hrs up and 1.30hrs back down with a few photo stops and a quick 10 min lunch.

It’s not too difficult for regular, reasonably fit hikers.

Beautiful views.

14 days ago

Best day hike you can find! Great bang for your effort. Gorgeous views. I trail ran this last March. 1hour to top,50 mins down. Total time 1 hour 50 mins. Returning again this weekend with my wife, I’ve been longing to do it again.

hiking
18 days ago

One of my favorite hikes. A good ass kicker with some great views, plenty of great photo opportunities. We had perfect weather (despite that it was December 30th).

hiking
20 days ago

As others have said this hike is HARD! It took us a little over four hours with a few stops and we are experienced hikers. Bring water and don’t do anything stupid, and you will be just fine.

21 days ago

kick butt trail....quite the climb up..and down....lots of rock climbing took my dog he did good but hes big not for small dogs. 3 1/2 to 4 hrs.... for tough experienced hikers have fun

23 days ago

Great hike. If you’re an experienced hiker, this should be a breeze. Incredible views! Decently marked with white painted arrows- just keep an eye out! It’s January and the weather was perfect. Any later in the year would be hot, as you’re in the sun most of the time. Took about 4 hours at a quick pace.

hiking
23 days ago

What a great challenging hike! We enjoyed all the rock grappling. Well marked with white arrows. Views are awesome. It took us 5 hours total. You will definitely be sore the next day.

hiking
29 days ago

Got started @ 9 am and even though it was January this trail can be quite hot as it is fully exposed for its duration. This trail is all about the challenge and the views, though you have to stop to take them in as the trail does take all your concentration. It is steep and very rocky and can fool you into thinking you are almost there. Well worth the effort.

29 days ago

Super well marked trail, white arrows painted on the rocks the whole way, just keep your eye out for them. Definitely a more difficult trail, didn't think it would be as hard as the reviews on here suggested...it was though. Really fun trail with cool rocks to climb on along the way, great views and it wasn't crowded.

trail running
1 month ago

Came back to Arizona and had to do this trail. Hard trail for those inexperienced, but as a trail runner, this is the greatest trail I’ve ever descended. Technical, but fast. I’ll be back next time I’m in town.

1 month ago

Really enjoyed this trail. It is definitely not for the faint of heart. As an experienced hiker, it was challenging and rewarding. Nothing technical that would keep inexperienced hikers from doing it, but I would agree with previous reviews that if you are inexperienced, be prepared for 5-6 hours and bring lots of water. It was about 65 degrees when we were hiking and it was warm. There is little to no shade on the trail so I would not recommend this on a hot day, and bring plenty of water. The views were absolutely worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

If you're inexperienced, PLEASE understand that this is a steep hike, and the winds are strong this time of year...So grippy hiking shoes/boots for sure. And make sure to bring snacks.
If you're experienced it only took me 2 &1/2 hours minus some hangout time.
But the scenery is SO worth the hamstring workout

1 month ago

We loved Bear! We like to hike pretty quick, took around 3.5 hours including picnic stop . $5 to park. Wear grippy hikers, the, sandstone is a bit slippery/sandy. Didn’t disappoint, a new favourite and would highly recommend it.

trail running
1 month ago

If you’re an INEXPERIENCED HIKER this trail will take you 4-6 hours! it will be VERY HARD. Take plenty of water and calories.

Did this yesterday. This is a hard trail, but not difficult. As an EXPERIENCED hiker/trail runner used to gaining/losing elevation, this trail is exactly what you think it would be: about 2.3 miles to the top with about 2,000ft elevation gain. You’ll be able to power up ascents and run the descents (and it’s a TON of fun). Absolutely loved the view and the technical trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Not an easy hike but incredibly beautiful views. We had to turn back due to snow and icy trail conditions January 2017 but returned December 2017 and was able to complete the trail in T-shirts. Well worth the effort if you are in moderate shape.

1 month ago

Breathtaking!! So incredible and very happy to have done this hike. The views are amazing the entire way. It's difficult, but I think a lot of people can do this because it is so short (yet it is very steep - take your time, plan well and know your limits). Bring a lot of water. Go very early or go later in the afternoon for great dusk lighting.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike is essentially a steep 2.2 mile climb with 3 false peeks. A definite character builder with incredible views as a reward. A must do for adventurous hikers.

1 month ago

This hike is one of the most difficult I’ve done and I’ve done a lot but totally worth the views.

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