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Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2014
mr14ner
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
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The planned hike for today was Bear Mountain trail near Sedona. Traveling up the highway from Cottonwood I was admiring the view and looking forward to the hike. Then just outside of Sedona I saw a big sign that said ‘Dry Creek Road closed 8:30 – 10:30 for Sedona Marathon’. WTF. Note to self, in the future, avoid this area on the first weekend in Feb. It was a little before 9 AM and I didn’t want to wait 1 ½ hours for the road to reopen, but backtracking to the west to access forest service road #525 was an option. Turns out a little detour got me to Dry Creek Road and there were other vehicles heading north so I followed. The road wasn’t actually closed, and the runners hadn’t gotten to it yet. It was slow going with the marathon vehicle traffic and activity around the numerous water stations along the road. But I think I got lucky. Was able to get to the trailhead parking lot where a water station was setup for the runners who were due to arrive in about 30 minutes. Paid the $5 Red Rock parking fee and hit the trial. Weather was sunny and cool, just about perfect for this hike. Later in the day the clouds would build and they even produced a few snowflakes. This was my first time on this trail and there were more rock steps than I anticipated, which made a good workout. The views were great. Humpreys Peak had a fresh layer of snow, which looked cool from the top of Bear Mtn. There were a fair number of people heading up as I headed back down. A few marathon runners were still on the road 5 ½ hours later when I got back to the parking area. Another great hike and another great day in Arizona.
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Manzanita bushes had flowers on, a couple of months too early.
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