“Toughest, but best hike in Sedona” – older gentleman on the trail

Peak Summited2020 Bear Mountain
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadBear Mt by Doe Mt parking lot
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

There is something special about this hike. It is unique in every sense of the definition. It seems to scream at you when your lungs are pounding in your ears, “you don’t belong here, turn around.” And when you do turn around, the views are simply astounding and push you to climb farther past the infinite false summits.

Starting this trail you exit the Doe mountain parking lot and cross the street (look both ways, or one of the many off road vehicles might run you over before you even start). Crossing a very brief grassy, red sand filled prairie, you start the climb upwards. The many lizards, flowering cacti, and bright red rock greet you with your ascension, which most of the trail you feel you are heading straight up. Follow the white hourglass pointers that, if you’ve hiked in Sedona before you will know, can be hard to track. There’s more than one way to fry this fish of trail but I wouldn’t recommend getting off trail too far. When you get to the top, do yourself a favor and acknowledge you’re a badass cause that’s a tough one, and enjoy the nearly 360 views and distant view of Humphreys (I’m coming to get you in a few weeks you sexy beast).

I’ve always loved heading down after reaching the top but this trail offers some very great views and is thoroughly enjoyable. Great trail, one of the many many many reasons I find myself coming back to Sedona. 10/10.

FYI the site kept glitching out when I tried posting my photos… but if you want them just message me! Enjoy!

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