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“Strenuous not treacherous even with kids”

Bear Mountain Trail
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

This is a long hike. We did it with three kids ages 8, 9, and 11. The guide stated it would take 5 hours and we did it in 4.75 hours. At no point in time were there drop offs that were dangerous and as long as you stuck with the trail things were safe. We had five people and five 24 ounce bottles of water with a gatorade. We hiked in March where the temperature was 65 degrees and we had just enough water. DEFINITELY BRING ALOT OF WATER. The path was mostly marked with white arrows and every 15 minutes we paused for thirty seconds to make sure we were still on the trail. I think it gets dangerous when you venture off the trail. The trail keeps going higher and higher and it's deceptive. Every time you think you're at the top your not and it keeps climbing. The only injury was my eight year old got a good scrape on her leg.
The views are absolutely SPECTACULAR and well worth the effort to the top.

4  Thank Spiro A
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

Great hike but it is a tough one so be prepared. Great views and would recommend the hike but you better be in shape!

Thank kgrotenhuis23
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

We hiked up to Bear Mountain on a deliciously cool day in early December. The trail is about 5 miles long and after the first, flat, quarter mile or so, it gains about 2800 feet as it proceeds ever upward. The hike is a real quad burner with lots of rocks to climb up and over, and it requires good leg strength and a fair amount of balance. We usually hike with one stick but on this one used two, and we were glad to have them. The trail passes through various rock layers and formations and provides many changes of scenery, direction, and atmosphere. This is not a hike for the unfit or for the occasional hiker, unless you're willing to take all day to do it. We've hiked many trails in Sedona and agree with several locals, who told us that this may not be the longest hike in the area, but it's definitely the toughest. The views from the peak are miraculous in every direction. We had over an hour to ourselves at the top, found some flat rocks overlooking the distant town, and gazed about with delight. The trip down is very steep-use your stick and watch your knees. Just a great hike through the red rocks of Sedona.

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Did this hike two years ago and will be doing it again this fall. There are two spots in it, including the very end, where the view is truly breath taking. Just be careful when you get to the first plateau, as the cairns are not obvious - I wasted over an hour, going on a wild goose chase. It was still worth it. It is not strenuous, just a little longer than others. This is a don't miss, along with Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and a couple others. But then this is Sedona - it is expected.

Thank Russ H
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Hard hike for the kids but once the made it, they had a great sense of accomplishment. This is a must do for the family.

Thank Michael C
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