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Black Friday #OptOutside Hike: Bear-Doe in Sedona
As some of you may know, REI is closed on Black Friday and is encouraging their employees and customers to #OptOutside on Black Friday instead of spending the day shopping. So with that in mind, for those of us that can resist the urge to spend Black Friday shopping for stuff that we don’t need with money that we don’t have, let’s instead #OptOutside and go hiking in Sedona to both Bear Mountain and Doe Mountain. Many people say that Bear Mountain is the best hike in Arizona. I'm not so sure about that, but it is in my top 10 list of best Arizona hikes. Hiking Doe Mountain is akin to taking a course in Sedona 101. Both have awesome views of Red Rock Country! Each hike is on a different trail, but they both start from the TH parking lot, which is on Boynton Pass Rd. From the TH parking lot, we'll walk across Boynton Pass Rd and hike north to Bear Mountain. When we get back to the parking lot, we'll take a quick break and then hike south up to Doe Mountain. Descriptions of the hike are below; Bear Mountain: Doe Mountain: There will be an optional gathering after the hike at the excellent Plaza Bonita Mexican Restaurant in Cottonwood. The day after Thanksgiving, what could be better than tacos and cold beverages??? Difficulty: Doe Mountain isn't too difficult; however, Bear Mountain is a bear of a hike and is much more strenuous than its distance and elevation gain would suggest. Mileage: 8.5 miles (5.5 miles for Bear Mountain and 3.0 miles for Doe Mountain) Elevation: 4,500' at the trailhead; 6,500' atop Bear Mountain: 5,000' atop Doe Mountain Accumulated gain: 2,700 feet (2,200' for Bear Mountain and 500' for Doe Mountain) Guesstimated hike time: 6 hours or so, including breaks Recommended: plenty of water; sunscreen; high energy snacks; electrolytes; camera. NO dogs or children please. Fees: $5 to park at the TH Bathroom/water: Restroom but no water at the TH Carpool: For those interested in carpooling, there will be a carpool at the McDonald's on Carefree Highway, just east of I-17. The address is 3140 W. Carefree Hwy, Phoenix, AZ, 85086. Carpoolers should plan on leaving at 5:30 AM in order to get to the trail head for the 7:30 AM start to the hike. Directions: The trail head is on Boynton Pass Rd. in Sedona. From Phoenix, take I-17 north to exit 293 toward McGuireville/Montezuma Well; Turn left at the exit onto County Rd 30/County Rd 77; continue for 8 miles and turn right onto S Page Springs Rd; continue for 7.3 miles and turn right onto AZ-89A N; continue for 8. 2 miles and turn left onto Dry Creek Rd; continue for 2.0 miles and turn left on Boynton Pass Rd; continue for 3.7 miles and the trail head will be on your left. Release of Liability: The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests. By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities. Arizona Strong Hikers, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

Bear Mountain Trail - Oski Approach/Doe Mountain Parking

Boynton Pass Rd · Sedona, AZ


What we're about

Welcome to Arizona Strong Hikers! As the name of the group suggests, we are a group for strong, fit, and experienced hikers. We focus on challenging, adventurous, and scenic hikes and we will occasionally offer other outdoor adventures. Most of our hikes are 10-15 miles long, although some may be a bit shorter and others may be a bit longer. Many of our hikes are over rough terrain and there is typically at least 2,500' of elevation gain on a hike. There is NO designated sweep on our hikes, so be confident in your ability to keep up with the group. If you hike at a slow, leisurely pace and stop a lot for rest breaks, this is probably not the meetup group for you. On the other hand, if you are a spirited, adventurous hiker who enjoys interesting, challenging, and faster-paced hikes, then you will fit right in with our group!

Membership is free to belong to Arizona Strong Hikers. However, should you wish to make a donation to defray the costs of running this meetup, you can do so via paypal by sending money within paypal to this email address: wade1018 AT yahoo DOT com.

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