Bear Mountain Trail

HARD 265 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

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
1 day ago

What a beautiful hike that is! Hard! But with a good paste and enjoying the view,it’s rewarding

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6 days ago

No wonder they named this Bear. This has been the hardest hike I have done yet in Sedona. For me, it wasn't really that enjoyable, honestly. The bragging rights are probably the best thing about completing the Bear Mountain hike LOL. It took 4 hours and 40 minutes, stopping only a few times to rest for 5 minutes. I do not recommend this in the summer, as it is exposed with very little shade. Also bring 2 or 3 L of water if you do it in the summer, you will think you are going to die. if I attempt this hike again it certainly will not be in this summer, lesson learned.

That said, the views are nice, it is not crowded whatsoever due to the difficulty, it is a lot of scrambling up and over rocks, an intense cardio and strength workout. In fact, Bear makes leg day at the gym look like a cakewalk. My quads were in agony the following two days after this hike (and I work out regularly). See my pics of this trail.

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6 days ago

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12 days ago

This is NOT a hard tail - moderate maybe. There is a significant gain, but the trail is short. We completed it in 2:15 including a break at the top. Anyhow, it was a nice hike to complement our day. If you only have time for one hike, I wouldn't suggest this one. If you feel that such elevation gain is tireing, do another one. Because the view is nice, but there are plenty of hikes around Sedona that are easier and have more varied views. This one you have the view to the right which is nice as you go up, and finally the summit.

Still, if you look for an extra 2-3hours of hiking, that's great.

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12 days ago

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14 days ago

Really great hike with amazing views along the way and up at the top. It took us all day with all the stops and picture taking... about 5 hours in and out. Bring water and snacks, especially oranges! Don’t forget to bring your trash out!

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15 days ago

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18 days ago

great hike, incredible views from start to finish.

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20 days ago

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21 days ago

Gorgeous views! A challenging hike and a great workout. Take in all the scenery! Stunning!

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23 days ago

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28 days ago

Solid hike with vast views at the summit. A few scrambles on the way but nothing technical (could make for a fun trail run). If you are quick and pressed for time, you could do it in 2 hours or so but I'd allow 3.5-5; it would be a hard trail to follow in the dark.

First Sedona hike so I have nothing to compare it to but definitely worth it. 1.5L of water on a cool day.