Hike Log

Bear Naked


Bear Mountain TH

Type of Hike:

Day hike

Trail Conditions:

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Snow free


Another great hike, though getting there was an experience. As we made our way from the valley we hit some very heavy rain and hail just as we started the decent on I17 into the Camp Verde area. We thought it was over by the time we exited onto 260 then within a few miles hit even more severe hail. It pounded us for a good 15 minutes at least as we waited it out in a parking lot. By the time it was over there was a couple of inches of hail covering everything.

Once the hail really stopped, we continued our way towards Bear mountain TH and then sat out one last brief downpour of rain before the skies cleared enough to venture up Bear mountain. The rain had not been as severe on the trail so the ground was just a bit damp, enough to squelch any dust and provide a nice soft footing. We made our way up a nearly empty trail with the exception of the lone bare naked hiker we encountered about a half mile from the trail end. We chuckled that perhaps there is another challenge out there to hike Bear Mountain Bare Naked.

Once at the summit we cooked up some late afternoon lunch then worked our way back down to a great section of rock where we sat, ate and took in some great views of the late afternoon sun hitting peaks to our east. I found the hike down to be much more visually enjoyable as the views are constantly present as you are almost always looking out to the open space.

All in all a very satisfying hike with great views of the red rocks.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

AZ Winter 20% off early-bird rate ends in