Bear Mountain Trail

Bear Mountain Trail, Sedona: Address, Phone Number, Bear Mountain Trail Reviews: 5/5

Bear Mountain Trail
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That Hiking Guy
Sedona, AZ6 contributions
Don't be overBEARing
Jan 2021
BEAR this in mind. There are over 135 US Forest Service trails in Sedona , and the vast majority are built for the " 12 oz. bottled water crowd", meaning there are gobs and gobs of tourists.
They take a candy bar , a small bottle of water , wear flat tennis shoes , are never realistically prepared, and usually the ones who get rescued a half mile from their car. They refer to ACTUAL U.S FOREST SERVICE TRAILS by their hilariously incorrect online fake names or VORTEXES.
They are who make experienced locals or visitors cringe , as they refuse to understand how quickly minimal water, no map, no sun block or hat, and high temperatures causes heat stroke or worse.
Their friends are the people who don't grasp renting and running all over the place in an off roader with the radio obnoxiously BLARING is EXTREMELY OBTRUSIVE. Their friends are the ones who drive up from Phoenix , park alongside 89A and take a short 10 minute walk down to the creek , ignorantly littering the entire area with trash. They are the people who show no respect for nature or their surroundings.

Don't be any of these people. Don't rely on unreliable sources , but instead buy a real map. Take twice as much water as you normally would , high protein bars , not sugar , and some kind of electrolyte replacement. Stay on trail. Don't wear skintight yoga pants or jeans ,as they do not breathe. Wear shoes with deep lugs for traction or hiking boots ONLY. Use sporadic tree shade to rest. Don't be a statistic.

If you want to distance yourself ( no pun intended ) , there are not that many trails for the experienced hiker. GOOGLE high elevation , long distance , difficult trails and you will enjoy peace and serenity. If you add trails together you will get longer distances.
BEAR Mtn. and WILSON Mtn. are two of the higher elevation trails here. Bear goes up instantly , WILSON is a bit more gradual. Both offer long distance views on top. I have done both dozens of times. I prefer WILSON , since the trail splits on top. Staying to the right takes you further 30 minutes to a few rocky outcroppings to look North toward Flagstaff.
Written August 21, 2021
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Mblawlor
Plymouth, MA6 contributions
Fun and challenging but not overly difficult.
Aug 2021 • Couples
Fun hike! Challenging but definitely doable if you are a regular hiker. Most of the incline is moderate with just a few steep sections. It’s in direct sun and it is all uphill for the first half, so definitely bring lots of water. Really amazing views at the top and along the way. We made it up and down in about 3 hours and I didn’t feel overly exhausted by the end. I would definitely do this one again.
Written August 13, 2021
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David S
11 contributions
Challenging Hike!
Jun 2021
By far the most challenging hike we did in Sedona. Views from the top are amazing and well worth the struggle. Many false peaks can leave you somewhat discouraged as you climb but don't worry...the payoff at the top is incredible! There are white directional markers painted on rocks to help you stay on the correct trail...they helped us tremendously. We plan to return to Sedona in February and will definitely climb this "mountain" again!
Written June 24, 2021
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Rachel W
27 contributions
Wonderful hike
Mar 2021
Love this hike. It's definitely difficult, with steep sections that require trail runners or hiking boots to do safely. Hiked in spring and recommend carrying 3.5L water because most of the trail is exposed. Views are stunning and worth the effort!
Written April 21, 2021
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eljuno
Fort Lauderdale, FL30 contributions
Tough but, worth it!
Nov 2020
There's no other way around it, the mother is tough. We made the mistake to warm up on the mountain across the street...not need! If you want to enjoy it to the fullest, (no matter the shape you are in) take 5-6 hrs so you can enjoy it and not attack it to finish it like we did. We only had 10 minutes at the top. Take more water than you think you'll need...summer or winter! :) Now, don't go home without it! Enjoy :)
Written November 17, 2020
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abrown102
Richmond, VA357 contributions
TOUGH but 100% worth it!
Oct 2020
We're not experienced hikers but we are runners, so in pretty good shape. This trail took about 4 hours out-and-back including when we stopped for photos along the way & stopped for snacks. Real walking time was probably about 3 hours out-and-back total. We didn't know too much about the trail except the 360 views at the top and 5 miles RT. There were so many peaks, we kept getting excited until we got to the top and saw another one. Lots of GREAT views along the way if you can't make it to the top. Your calves will probably be burning by the end. 100% worth it for the fabulous photos you'll get!
Written October 26, 2020
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Jeanne B
Santa Fe, NM15 contributions
Bear Down for Bear Mountain
Mar 2020
(I'm the husband of the sharp gal in this member photo) - This is my favorite hike in Sedona, the toughest trail right in town. I'm an aggressive hiker and pounded this baby out most recently in 2:26 on a cool March morning between rain showers.
Great red rock country views, steep with huge sandstone steps in some narrow spots, also includes some not-to-close exposure and cliffs with stunning views from a 'saddle' approaching one of the false summits. This is an absolutely fantastic hike and the bold red rock views remind me of some the bigger hikes in Zion NP, for example Observation Point as well as the West Rim Trail.
Written March 16, 2020
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Froxy54
London, Canada26 contributions
Up and Up and Up
Jan 2020
This was a great trail, but be prepared for doing a lot of climbing up, beautiful views as you go up, you can see clearly beyond red rocks. Would not want to do this trail in hot weather.
Written February 8, 2020
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RemoScottsdale
scottsdale8 contributions
Great Hike
Nov 2019
Tough hike but the views are amazing, is only 2 and a half miles and same back but it is a straight up hike, some difficulties on top to find the trail, just follow the signs.
Written November 21, 2019
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MountainDon
Durango, CO78 contributions
A little more strenuous / A little less traveled
Nov 2019 • Couples
Sedona is a GREAT place for hiking and views BUT tons of people. This one is somewhat different. It shares a parking lot with Doe Mtn (easy hike / great views). So, you have to get to parking lot early but it appears to allow parking at various points on road (with no tickets - unlike Cathedral Rock). Paid parking but you can use a National Parks Pass.

A few things make this hike worthwhile.... No bikes (BTW - I bike too), no horses (= no horse poop) and most IMPORTANTLY NO PINK JEEPS. Once you get back towards mountain, gets steep & deep which thins the herd (somewhat) of number of people you'll see. Close to low grade rock scrambling. Views and sense of accomplishment are great once you get to top. You will have more than a few false summits. Peak in picture is the lighter color one in middle and in back - much higher than red rock peak in foreground.

If you want easier and shorter, stick to Doe Mtn - easy and great views.

After your hike, go up Doe and look across to Bear (see picture) to get a sense of what you accomplished.
Written November 15, 2019
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