NileGuide Expert Says:
Hikers looking for an extra challenge with great visual and experiential awards should not pass up the Bear Mountain Trail.
P.O. Box 300
Boynton pass Road, at the 8.9 mile point.
Sedona, AZ 86339-0330
tel: 520 282 4119
fax: 520 282 4119
This trail begins with a hike up and over red rock, which lays in the trail like a turtle the size of a large house. Large expanses of beautiful open land, west of Sedona, reveal the green trees surrounding the Verde Valley flowing beneath the Black Hills mountain range. It's a spectacular site. Once the trail begins to wind up Bear Mountain, the view of Sedona at a distance makes for post-card quality panoramic photos. Though the Bear Mountain Trail is rewarding, it is a strenuous hike with little shade. Bring plenty of water. At the junction of Routes 89A and 179, take 89A west 3.2 miles to Dry Creek Road on the right. Go. 2.9 miles to a "T" and turn left on Boynton Pass Road. Go 1.6 miles to another "T" and turn left onto FR 152C. Continue for 1.2 miles to the trailhead parking area on the left. Cross the street to the trailhead.