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Bear Mountain Trail

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 4.7 (39) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A strenuous hike that will reward you with great views.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

Out and Back

6,445' 1,965 m

High

4,587' 1,398 m

Low

1,932' 589 m

Up

1,932' 589 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

53%

Max Grade (28°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildlife

Overview

A steep hike through the wilderness to reach the summit of Bear Peak and some outstanding views.

Description

The trail to the top of the mountain is mostly unshaded, steep and difficult in places. Great views the whole way. The trail begins at a broad path from the parking area, crosses two washes and then starts a gradual ascent 1/4 mile to the wilderness boundary at the base of the mountain.

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.

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Condor77 77 with improvements by Liz

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  4.7 from 39 votes

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Bear Mountain Trail is certainly a trail with a view!
Mar 7, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
The Bear Mountain Trail starts off in a pleasant wash before climbing steeply into the hills.
Mar 7, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
Two rocky heads stand alongside the Bear Mountain Trail.
Mar 7, 2017 near West Se…, AZ

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Jul 7, 2020
Jordan Mcgaughey
Much harder than we thought. But beautiful! Bring lots of water! 5mi — 4h 00m
Jun 6, 2020
C Watke
Apr 5, 2020
Maximus Iva
4h 10m
Jan 13, 2020
Rowdy Larson
Bit of snow at the top — 1h 57m
Nov 8, 2019
Susan Chaytor
Oct 23, 2019
Lucas Gags
Challenging hike but beautiful views and limited people 5.1mi — 3h 18m
Oct 11, 2019
Guy Dar
5.2mi
Sep 29, 2019
Ale Grajal
5mi