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Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain views
Views from Bear mountain
Views of Sedona red rocks from Bear Mountain
Views of Doe mountain from Bear Mountain
Lizard hanging out on the trail to Bear Mountain
Views from Bear Mountain
Hiker on the Bear Mountain trail
Big views on Bear Mountain
map: Bear Mountain trail
Elevation plot: Bear Mountain


How to Get There
This hike is located near Sedona, AZ.

From the Phoenix area, take I-17 North to exit 298 to HWY 179 West into Sedona. Follow the signs to 89A West. Turn right 3.1 miles after the junction on Dry Creek Road. When you reach the intersection of 152C, turn left and go another 1.6 miles. At Boynton Pass road, turn left and go the final 1.2 miles to a parking area on your right. There is a restroom here but no water. The signed Bear Mountain trailhead starts on the other side of the road.

Hike details

6.00 [Miles] Total
3.50 [Hours]
It took me three and a half hours with a 20 minute stop at the top for lunch.
Elevation Change
1,900 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Gain
1,900 Total Elevation Gain [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 1900 ft ascent to the top
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • April
  • May
  • September
  • October
Date Hike completed
April 28, 2013


Solitude Details
This is a popular hike and the parking lot will be crowded. Unfortunately, this parking lot is shared with the also popular Doe Mountain trail. Luckily this trail is more difficult (and also less crowded) than that one. Expect to meet 15-30 people on this hike during a weekend.


Difficulty Rating
Moderately Strenuous
difficulty detail
Sustained climbing with great views at the top. This is a Moderately strenuous hike. The climb will get your heart going and keep it there.


Permit Info
Red Rocks pass required. As of April 2013, this was $5.
Be Aware of
Some minimal route finding. A little bit of scrambling. A fee is required to park

Hike to the top of Bear Mountain near Sedona, Arizona.

Sedona has recently instituted a "Red Rock Pass", which is a fancy way of saying you need to pay to play. As of April 2013, the fee is $5 per day per vehicle. There are plenty of places in and around Sedona to pay this fee and get the receipt, which you need to put on your vehicle dash to keep from being towed.

The trail is well marked at the start, as it crosses some washes. The trail then starts climbing up the first of four steps. At each of the steps, there are views a plenty, so be sure to stop and enjoy them. There is a good bit of hiking on slick rock here, so the trails are marked by cairns. The cairns are pretty well placed, so it isn't too tough to stay on trail. As you near the top, you can see the town of Sedona, Boynton Canyon, Fay Canyon, Doe mountain, the Cockscomb, and several other Sedona landmarks. Once you reach the top, a nice view of the San Francisco peaks and the Secret Mountain wilderness become visible.

After lunch and a break, return the way you came. Enjoy!


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