Bear Mountain Trail

HARD 214 reviews
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Bear Mountain Trail is a 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
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2155 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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
16 hours ago

Favorite hike in Sedona!

hiking
23 hours ago

2nd favorite hike in town. Short and sweet just the way I like it. I use a Fenix 5x and mileage is 4.6 miles from the trail sign, not sure why others are saying it's 7 miles. Did this hike solo today, trail was well marked but I could see how one could get easily lost in certain sections.

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4 days ago

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4 days ago

Very hard hike. Bring plenty of water. Probably 3 liters. Amazing views but for the experienced hiker. It tested my spirit a couple times. Truly an amazing experience and breath taking views at the top.

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14 days ago

One of the best hikes I've ever been on! Second only to Havasupai. Amazing views, best in Sedona. Truly incredible.

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1 month ago

Wonderful views of Sedona! This hike is closer to 7 miles - not the 4.6 it says it is. We went to the very tippy top and traipsed around a bit to explore the flat area at the top. Lots of spiky bushes and agave plants up there! Beautiful 360* views and it was fun to hear your voice echo across the rocks if you decide to let out an enthusiastic 'WOOO!'. Hike was steep and hard - but worth it. I would definitely suggest hiking shoes with a good grip and a hiking pole for the way down to take stress off your knees, if weak knees are an issue. We started this hike around 9:30 am and took our sweet time pausing to take in the views and sitting around and talking. We left in the early afternoon as the clouds started to roll in for some afternoon convection. Beautiful views and lots of pretty cacti! Also, hardly anyone was on the trail. Pretty remote for Sedona.

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1 month ago

Long hike, started later in the day. Had to hurry, and still got back after the sun had set. Luckily we camped near by. We thought we reached the summit several times, but eventually made it to the top. Gorgeous views of Sedona and an exciting hike in general.

1 month ago

Well we did the hike thinking it would only take 4.6 miles and that definitely wasn't the case. We had some local Sedonians tell us it's actually 7 miles in and out. The extra 2.4 miles really makes a difference because you feel like you're dying at 2.3 and think you're nearly to the summit and you're not so THIS HIKE IS SEVEN TOTAL MILES. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THIS. It was a great hike just be prepared to go further than you think because of the false summits and inaccurate mileage.

1 month ago

Amazing hikes with some of the best views I have seen of Sedona. However, the hike is much longer than 4.6 miles round trip! Closer to 7 to 7.5 miles. Worth it though.