Bear Sign

Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area, Arizona

Distance2.8mi
Elevation Gain996ft
Trailhead Elevation5,282ft
Top5,625ft
Elevation Min/Max4882/5625ft
Elevation Start/End5282/5279ft

Bear Sign

Bear Sign is a hiking and horse trail in Yavapai County, Arizona. It is within Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 5,282 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 996 feet. This trail connects with the following: David Miller and Dry Creek Road.

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"This is a very easy hike into a red rock canyon in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness.

Two trails begin at this trailhead. The Dry Creek Trail goes north, and the Vultee Arch Trail goes east. Start out on the Dry Creek Trail, hike 0.6 mile north, and then turn left (northwest) at Bear Sign Canyon, the first side canyon on the left. The trail continues about a mile up Bear Sign Canyon before fading out. It is possible to go farther, but the canyon becomes much rougher. There are great views of the cliffs of the Mogollon Rim, and after wet periods the creek will be running. The vegetation is the usual but still delightful mix of Arizona cypress, pinyon pine, juniper trees, and chaparral brush."

"This is an easy loop through the Red Rock–Secret Mountain country, using the Bear Sign Canyon Trail to ascend Bear Sign Canyon to a saddle and then following Secret Canyon Trail for the return. Attractions include rare Arizona cypress stands in the cool depths of Bear Sign Canyon and an optional side trip to the hidden recesses of Secret Canyon. A Red Rock Pass, obtainable at the Red Rock Ranger Station in Sedona, is required for parking at the trailhead.

Start off on the Dry Creek Trail, which follows the normally dry creek north through fine stands of Arizona cypress, mixed with pinyon pine and juniper trees. After 0.7 mile, turn left on the Bear Sign Canyon Trail, which heads generally northwest as it follows the twists and turns of the canyon. The high, forested cliffs of the Mogollon Rim form the backdrop, and red rock buttes, fins, and pinnacles create a dramatic foreground."

"This is a very easy hike into a red-rock canyon in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness.

Start out on the Dry Creek Trail. (There are two trails that begin at this trailhead. The Dry Creek Trail goes north, and the Vultee Arch Trail goes east.) Hike 0.6 mile north, and then turn left (northwest) at Bear Sign Canyon, the first side canyon on the left. The trail continues about a mile up Bear Sign Canyon before fading out. It is possible to go farther, but the canyon becomes much rougher. There are great views of the cliffs of the Mogollon Rim, and after wet periods the creek will be running. The vegetation is the usual, but still delightful, mix of Arizona cypress, pinyon pine, juniper trees, and chaparral brush."

"This is a very easy hike into a redrock canyon in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness.

Start out on the Dry Creek Trail. There are two trails that begin at this trailhead. The Dry Creek Trail goes north, and the Vultee Arch Trail goes east. Hike 0.6 mile north and turn left (northwest) at Bear Sign Canyon, the first side canyon on the left. The trail continues about a mile up Bear Sign Canyon before fading out. It is possible to go further, but the canyon becomes much rougher. There are great views of the cliffs of the Mogollon Rim, and after wet periods the creek will be running. The vegetation is the usual, but still delightful, mix of Arizona cypress, pinyon pine, juniper trees, and chaparral brush."

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Trail Information

Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area
Parks
Coconino National Forest
Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Ranger District
Sedona Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Wilson Mountain
USGS Wilson Mountain; Coconino National Forest
Wilson Mountain USGS quad
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Oct 2018