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Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking7.70 Miles 2,579 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   6 Hrs      1.28 mph
2,579 ft AEG
 
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I wanted to do another hike in Sedona. I asked Andy if he was interested and he said yes. He suggested Bear Mountain. I had never done that, so I was game for that one. It's a pretty short hike for a long drive, so I suggested we add Doe Mountain as well, and maybe even a 4 mile loop of the Cockscomb Trail around Doe Mountain. Andy recently got a new hiking vehicle and even graciously offered to drive, which I gladly accepted.

While Bear Mountain is a short hike, it has a lot of elevation gain and is pretty steep. There are also a lot of high steps that have to be taken to get up the trail. Good workout and as usual, amazing views all around Sedona. It was chilly in the morning, and windy, but the heat of exertion and the sun was warmth enough. The views at the top of the other side of the mountain were great, as well as a nice view of the San Francisco Peaks with snow and some wispy clouds around the peaks. The lighting was better on the way back down the mountain, so I had better pictures of that. Not many hikers on the way up, but quite a few on the way down.

Once we got back to the trailhead, the lot was full (as usual), and cars were parked along the road. Andy and Mike were spent from the ascent up Bear Mountain, so it was just Wally and I doing Doe Mountain. By the time I got to the top of Doe Mountain, Wally was already on his way down. He took the trail to where the last marker is and turned back. I decided to follow the loop around the top of the mountain, which is fairly faint and not maintained as an official trail. This took about an extra half hour or so, but the views along all the edges were really nice.

I got back to the trailhead a little after 2pm. Wally had just started to hike back up the trail to see if something happened to me since he wasn't aware of the loop at the top. I suggested the 4 mile loop around the mountain, but was quickly shot down in flames.

My AEG that RS measured for this hike was not even 2600'. Joe and Bruce did this same hike previously and their routes show over 3600'. This definitely felt closer to 3600 that under 2600, so I'm going with that as my stat for this hike. I've noticed lately that it seems Route Scout might be underestimating my AEG. Definitely noticed some kind of issue on my hike last week.

The ride back on I-17 was very nice. Not the crazy Sunday return traffic to Phoenix. It looks very different now with all the green along the highway and the surrounding mountains. Thanks to Andy for driving and choosing a nice hike.
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