Bear Mountain Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,912' 583 m
Descent: -88' -27 m
High: 6,448' 1,965 m
Low: 4,586' 1,398 m
GradeAvg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 53% (28°)
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“A strenuous hike that will reward you with great views.”— Condor77 77
The trail narrows and begins a 450-foot switchback that is steep and rocky in places. It levels out following a narrow plateau area and then begins a steep, rocky, 500-foot climb in a narrow side canyon to a broad plateau. It crosses the plateau, gradually ascending, dips down, and then climbs another 400 feet to a false summit. Fay Canyon views are to the right (northeast).
The trail continues a moderate climb to the true summit. There are great panoramic views here. Continue over level ground another 200 yards to the Red Canyon overlook and a view of the San Francisco Peaks in the distance to the north. Return by the same route. Do not attempt this hike when there is significant snow on the mountain.
Land Manager: USFS - Coconino National Forest Office
Jun 8, 2019: Drone incursion halts Coldwater Fire air operations
Jun 6, 2019: Travel, smoke impacts expected from Coldwater Fire