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Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2016
friendofThundergod
Hiking5.62 Miles 2,319 AEG
Hiking5.62 Miles
2,319 ft AEG
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I think I owe the Sedona area a mea culpa, there may be some decent hiking up there after all. I chose Bear Mountain for this rare excursion into Sedona and it did not disappoint. An excellent hike and destination.

I thought there might be a small chance that we would beat the crowds on a Friday, but no chance, every single trailhead on the way to Bear Mountain was overflowing down the roads, Bear and Doe Mountain TH were the same when we arrived. Turns out, there was no fee today at all trailheads, due to Veterans Day, so I can't really complain much, as that's a pretty nice gesture. We ended up getting lucky anyways and all the foot traffic must have been on Doe Mountain, as we did not really bump into that many people. Speaking of Doe Mountain, in an attempt to blend in with the tourist, we kicked off our hike by hiking two tenths of a mile up the Doe Mountain Trail before realizing it was not the trail up Bear Mountain.

Bear Mountain Trail and its terminus at the summit proved to be a very fun and rewarding little hike, with a worthy destination. The climb is a little bit of a smoker, but the scrambling and quick little climbs kept it fun and interesting. Jackie really liked the trail as well and despite cursing a few false summits, she mentioned appreciating the more aggressive trail and the little challenge it presented. Maybe not the most dog friendly trail, but they got up just fine. However, I would generally classify it as a not very dog friendly trail, especially, on a warm day. We spent a ton of time on the summit, watered the pups amply, explored the far edges of the summit (hard to beat some of those views, in particular, those of the peaks) and then headed back down. The hike down seemed to fly by, I gave Cup a couple of assist, we did run into a few groups, but nothing like what the full parking lot at the TH indicated.

After that, we braved the annoyances of Sedona traffic and got a burger. We opted for an exit north towards Flag, as the traffic through and out of town was backed up for miles. No worries though, hard to beat that drive and Jackie had never been through there anyways. We caught a little fall colors and Jackie gave the small detour two thumbs up.
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