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“Trail lives up to it's name”

Bear Mountain Trail
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Sedona Red Rocks Jeep Adventure
Ranked #30 of 156 things to do in Sedona
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Trail lives up to it's name”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Bear Mountain Trail was incredible and very physically challenging. I recommend getting a map and trail description because the trail can be very difficult to follow but well worth it. Most people don't finish the hike because of the multiple stages you need to complete to get to the top. Bring lots of water and leave early, if you start this trail after 2:00 you risk not making it back. If you want a memroble challenge face the Bear it is well worth it.

Visited April 2012
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Trumbull, CT
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“The real deal for a hike in Sedona”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Great hike in outskirts of Sedona to one of the highest points in town, visible from all points. Various guides put it at 2.4 miles one-way with 1,600 to 1,800 vertical rise. It's all of that. 4 false peaks on way up, mix of valley and steep drop offs, slick rock, etc. Took 2 hours to get to "summit" at a moderate pace and 1.5 to return. Flat area on summit great for picnicking, awesome views of San Francisco peaks in Flagstaff. Bring water and snacks and be patient, it's worth the trip to the top!

Visited April 2012
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“A great hike-Must do in Sedona”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

This is a moderate-strenuous trail west of Sedona. From Sedona, drive 89A west about 5 km and take Dry Creek Road on the right. Go 4.5 km to a crossroad and turn left on Boynton Pass Road. Go 2.5 km to another crossroad and turn left onto FR 152C. Continue for 2 km to the trailhead parking area on the left. Also, Doe Mountain Trail starts from the same parking area. There’s also a vending machine to get your Red Rock Pass (5$ per day).

The first 1 km of Bear Mountain Trail is easy; the trail crosses through deep-ditch-erosion washes and then starts a gradual ascent up to the mountain. We did this trail in March and it was really great in a pleasant, sunny +20 C weather, not too hot and very few people on the trail. The hike is total 8 km round trip and takes 3-5 hours, depending on the weather and your condition. Naturally, you can also do a shorter hike because the return is by the same route. Take a lot of water, sunscreen and a good hat. There are some strenuous and steep climbing sections along the trail but generally the trail is well marked and nice to walk. The views are great all the time and you can learn a lot of the local geology with red Schnebly Hill sandstone, orange Coconino sandstone and Kaibab limestone layers and formations. Once you reach the upper plateau with Arizona cypress and Manzanita bushes check the deep ravines near the outer edge, the views are breath taking. We highly recommend this great trail in Sedona!

Visited March 2012
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