Bear Mtn

Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area, Arizona

Distance1.3mi
Elevation Gain1,747ft
Trailhead Elevation5,349ft
Top6,473ft
Elevation Min/Max5349/6473ft
Elevation Start/End5349/5349ft

Bear Mtn

Bear Mtn is a hiking and horse trail in Yavapai County, Arizona. It is within Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 5,349 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,747 feet. This trail connects with the following: Bear Mountain.

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6/24/2010
Bear Mountain trail is a 4hr/5 mile hike that is best to undertake in the early morning. I began hiking the trail at 6:45am and was the first person to reach the summit. On the walk back down I passed a few other hikers; however, it appeared that not all of them planned on reaching the peak. The trail first winds through a meadow and then climbs two ridges at the lower red rock level. The climb then makes its way up the white rock level which is a bit more difficult. The views of Sedona and Fay Canyon are great from many points along the trail. I felt that the trail was marked "ok" but there are a few areas where one may become confused for a minute or two. Overall it was a great hike which involved a moderate amount of difficulty that anybody in good physical shape can do...with lots of water and before the day becomes too hot in the summer
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3/15/2010
One of the most magnificent trails in the Sedona area. That being said, be prepared for some fairly steep climbs and several false summits. Once you finally reach to top it is all worth it. The views are spectacular
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3/29/2008
This is a great and challenging day hike with wonderful views of Red Rock country. The road to the trailhead is now paved and the parking lot filled-up by mid-morning on the Saturday we hiked. The parking area is used for both the shorter Doe Mountain trail as well as the Bear Mountain trail. While we met several people who had become lost, the trail isn’t too hard to follow if you pay attention. Sticking to the trail for 1800 feet of elevation gain over roughly 2.5 miles, some of which required scrambling up a series of rather steep chutes will reward you with almost constant views of the surrounding country along with great views into Fay Canyon. Once you reach the summit you’ll be able to see the snow-capped San Francisco Peaks to the north. Strongly recommend this hike if you’re in the Sedona area.
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12/24/2007
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9/25/2006
Great hike with excellent views of the surrounding area. I was at the trail head within 20 minutes from my downtown Sedona hotel. Yet on the trail (I started at 7:30 AM) I didn't see anyone on the way up except for a volunteer Forest Service ranger with which I had an excellent conversation about hiking in the area. On the way back I passed three groups of two hikers each. Great hike to stretch you legs and see the sights without taking all day to do it. I was back at the hotel by 11 AM.
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6/6/2006
Definitely not boring. Plan on some challenging slops and very little flat surface hiking. I took my 16 and 10 yr old boys and camp on the top overnight. Morning views are spectacular!! very little traffic and lots of views and lizards for all. Resting 10 min/hour of hike is advisable so your legs won't get the shakes if going up and down in one day. CURRENT CONSTRUCTION ON DIRT ROAD LEADING TO TRAILHEAD, WATCH FOR PARKING LOT ON THE LEFT-ONLY ONE ON OFF THE DIRT ROAD AND IS ACROSS FROM TRAIL HEAD.
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10/12/2005
Huff and Puff for views!!! Great trail- real workout-- trail well-marked and plenty of overlooks! Red rocks, white rocks, interesting rocks-- my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this challenging climb.Saw 10 other hikers over the 5 hours we were on trail, parking lot gets full because doe Mt. hikers use it also. Ben
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8/1/2005
This hike up Bear Mountain is steep and rugged; a geology lesson of Coconino sandstone and mixed Sedona red rock, and is absoutely one of the best hikes for views in Red Rock Country. Beginning from the trailhead, the hike takes you across a seemingly flat plain which is actually a few up and down jaunts into deep ditch erosion. At the base of the mountain, the trail winds steep into a thighbusting 350 foot climb, past gnarly pinyons and thick manzanita forests. As the trail begins to bleed into the red rock, cairns show the way. These cairns are a blessing, and have been very well maintained. Swirls of sandstone and overwhelming views of Red Canyon on one side and Boyton on the other offer inspiration for the continued trek over slickrock. Some of the most healthy prickly pear line the path in some places. There are two false peaks; continue on the trail to the furthest point north/northeast (consult your topo religiously here!) for the actual summit, which is a long mesa of thick Ponderosa, Pinyon, manzanita and other such brush. The views on the summit are vast- Sycamore Canyon and the San Fran peaks can be seen to the north. Awe inspiring and wonderfully sternous hike- a must do for anyone who wants to become more intimate with the Red Rock Country which surrounds Sedona. Michael Rossi- 7/31/05
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3/10/2005
A great, quiet hike. I found it a bit strenuous for my first day out, but the views were well worth it. Remnants of waterfalls were still flowing. Plenty of cairns to mark the way, and view of San Francisco Peaks at the top - awesome.
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3/16/2003
I write this review to help the beginner to moderate ability hiker. The Bear Mountain Trail is phenomenal. The trail, although short in length, is not short on spectacular views. Bring a camera and/or camcorder if possible. At first start it doesn't seem tough as the first 1/2 mile is across a grassy valley with huge washes. Once you hit the first incline this should be your clue as to the level of difficulty in terrain. If you are a beginner or stop often to look at the view plan for a round trip hike of 6 hours. The six hours will get you to the top of Bear Mountain and back. The trail is mostly marked well with cairns and navigable without GPS. It would be wise to have a topo map with you however. I have seen ratings of difficulty of 3.5 and comparisons of this trail to the Black Mesa Trail in the Superstitions as equal. As an average male in my late thirties and average fitness level I would like to recommend a rating of 4-4.5. My parents, who are sixty, would rate it a 4.5. They are also average in fitness and physical ability. The effort is totally worth the hike and I would highly recommend this trail. The top offers views that only those who fly might see. The elevation of approx. 6450 ft. still saw snow on the northeast side and chilly winds. Bear Mtn. is like a plateau that you can hike around and view 360 degrees. Right before the final push to the top there is a great area to picnic. As always, bring your water and start this trail by 9am to be on the safe side.
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Trail Information

Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area
Parks
Moderate
Skill Level
Sedona Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Wilson Mountain, Loy Butte; Coconino National Forest
Local Maps

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