Views · Wildlife
A steep run through the wilderness to reach the summit of Bear Peak and some outstanding views.
4.5 hours round trip.
The trail to the top of the mountain is mostly unshaded, steep and difficult in places. Great views the whole way. The trail begins at a broad path from the parking area, crosses two washes and then starts a gradual ascent 1/4 mile to the wilderness boundary at the base of the mountain.
The trail narrows and begins a 450-foot switchback that is steep and rocky in places. It levels out following a narrow plateau area and then begins a steep, rocky, 500-foot climb in a narrow side canyon to a broad plateau. It crosses the plateau, gradually ascending, dips down, and then climbs another 400 feet to a false summit. Fay Canyon views are to the right (northeast).
The trail continues a moderate climb to the true summit. There are great panoramic views here. Continue over level ground another 200 yards to the Red Canyon overlook and a view of the San Francisco Peaks in the distance to the north. Return by the same route. Do not attempt this run when there is significant snow on the mountain.
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