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All reviews great hike lots of water san francisco peaks strenuous hike ft elevation gain fay canyon inexperienced hiker worth the effort trekking poles great workout hard hike hours total parking lot take your time rock scrambling coming down experienced hikers
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a butt kicker hike!! Wow!! We went in morning...about 9:30... Took us four hours total, went all the way to the top. Highly advise doing this hike early if it's a hot day as there is little shade. Bring LOTS of water...sunscreen...chapstick....snacks. views...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank mkkirk1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My 16 YO son hiked straight up this 1,800 foot elevation change with an awesome guide Trail Lovers Excursions. (contact Jason or Beau) What a great experience - challenging and memorable. This hike is classified as "hard" and is only for the very fit! Start...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank TravelingGirlnGuy
Reviewed April 13, 2019

We did this at the end of our trip to be sure we were in shape. It's not the hardest we've ever done, but the climbing is more difficult for someone with shorter legs - making you get on your hands and knees. There are...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Reviewed April 8, 2019

Seen from Helicopter Tour (Bear Wallow run) Beautiful view, you must do it once! Red Rocks of Sedona.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Rosemary B
Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

Be a smart hiker. Bring food, water and electrolytes. Do not hike in the heat of the day as the entire trail is exposed. This trail is steep and it's mostly rock scrambling. Telling poles would be helpful to save the knees. The views are...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kelly F
Reviewed March 19, 2019

This trail starts out as a peaceful stroll thru grassland then quickly elevates to a rock climb. Bring water! You'll need it. I'd rate this hike moderate/difficult if you are going all the way to the top.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank EllieMaze
Reviewed February 5, 2019

Yes, Bear Mountain trail hiking is aptly named, as it’s a Bear - requires a much higher level of both stamina and experience than is possessed by us flat landers. Views were magnificent but not worth the physical effort expended. Best to leave this hike...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank David B L
Reviewed February 3, 2019

Nice trail with stunning views. It is steep and not for the faint or heart. Not a good trail for dogs do to the steep terrain.

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank kachinaman2016
Reviewed December 21, 2018

A strenuous hike for two 70ish hikers and a dog but worth the effort especially in the upper half where views to the east and south are spectacular. It took us 2.5 hours up and 2 hours down for a total of just under 5...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank BismarckBob
Reviewed October 21, 2018

Not for the inexperienced hiker, this is a significant climb but the end result is completely worth it. The views are magnificent!!

Date of experience: October 2018
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February 4, 2018|
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Response from D H | Reviewed this property |
You can hike the trail without them. I used them on and off. They were helpful for the steeper parts of the trail. But when we were doing rock scrambling I put them back in my backpack since they were in the way.
Melissa B
January 8, 2017|
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Response from D H | Reviewed this property |
We hiked it Dec 29, 2017 and we were in our short sleeves! There was no ice or snow at all. You just need to watch the weather. The top of the mountain is only at 6000 feet.