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Bear and Doe Mountains - Sedona

Summary: A couple nice climbs to the tops of small mountains with views of the Sedona red rock.  Bear requires considerably more effort than Doe (which is quite easy), but worth it.
Directions: From the intersection of Highways 179 and 89A in Sedona, proceed west on Highway 89A.  After 3.1 miles turn right at milepost 371 onto Dry Creek Rd.  After 2.9 miles you will come to a fork in the road - turn left onto Forest Service (FS) Road #152C & drive 1.6 more miles. Turn left onto the dirt Boynton Pass Road (bumpy but ok for passenger cars).  Drive 1.2 miles to the parking area on the right.  Bear Mt. trailhead is on the north side of the road (same side as the parking area), Doe Mt. is on the south side.
Road Conditions: Passenger Car
Navigation: Bear Mt. - moderate
Doe Mt. - easy
Length: Bear Mt. - 6 miles, 1676 ft elevation change
Doe Mt. - 3.6 miles, 400 ft elevation change
Date Hiked: Bear Mt. - March, 1997
Doe Mt. - June, 1998
Weather Conditions: March is a nice time of year for hiking in Sedona, June gets quite warm.  Spring and Fall are probably the best times for these hikes.
Required Skills: None
Hike Description: Bear Mt: The trail first crosses a couple of washes on it's way to the base of the mountain, then begins to climb steeply.  Cairns mark the way to the top, but may be a little difficult to follow in places, scout ahead as you go & you shouldn't have too much trouble.   As you climb higher you will be treated with views to the east into Fay Canyon.   The last section of the climb consists a scramble up some slickrock to the top with views of the Secret Mountain Wilderness and San Francisco Peaks to the north and Sedona to the east, west and south.  Return the way you came.
Doe Mt: Not much to say about this short hike.  Follow the well graded (and well traveled) trail up to the top of this short flat topped hill.  At the top you will have nice 360 degree views of red rock typical of the Sedona area.  Stay on established paths once on the top, footsteps will destroy the delicate desert flora in the loose soil.
Rating (1-5 stars):
Two nice, if short, hikes with good views of the surrounding red rock.
Maps: Bear Tooth Maps: Sedona
Books: 'The Favorite Hikes: Flagstaff & Sedona' by Cosmic Ray
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At the base of Bear Mt. Looking down into Fay Canyon
during the ascent of Bear Mt.
Ascending Bear Mt.