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blueBlack Bear Mountain Trail

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Trail

2.3 mile 3.7 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,912' 583 m
Descent: -88' -27 m
High: 6,448' 1,965 m
Low: 4,586' 1,398 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 53% (28°)

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A strenuous hike that will reward you with great views.

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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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May 18, 2019
Rachel H
Apr 14, 2019
Lisa Delfiner Parsons
The red rock mountain you can see from the parking lot isn't the summit. The real summit is way beyond it. Views are not as good as along the trail 4.6mi
Jan 31, 2019
Erick Gillstrom
Jan 26, 2019
Alaina Roberts
2.7 miles one way 1200 feet elevation gain 5.4mi
Jan 19, 2019
Mike Bernknopf
Hardest but best trail in Sedona. 2,000 ft elevation gain within 2 miles, with ridiculous 360 degrees view of the entire valley. Highly recommend! 5mi
Jan 8, 2019
Noah Meyers
Icy on the cold side, one heluva view 4.6mi
Dec 27, 2018
Shang Shi
Best trail in Sedona! 7.5mi
Dec 27, 2018
Xinning Nina HU
4.6mi

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in Arizona

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