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Bear Mountain Trail Sedona Arizona

Bear Mountain Trail – Sedona, Arizona

The highlight of our trip to Sedona, after the fantastic car camping, was a hike up Bear Mountain. Bear Mountain is located in the Red Rock – Secret Mountain Wilderness of Sedona and ascending it is a challenging half-day hike. It is one of the area’s highest accessible points with amazing views of Fay Canyon, Boynton Canyon, the San Francisco Peaks, and colorful desert as far as the eye can see.

Grand Canyon Clear Creek Trail

Grand Canyon Winter Backpacking: Clear Creek Trail

Grand Canyon’s Clear Creek Trail is a great “rest day” activity if you’re staying at Phantom Ranch or Bright Angel campground in the winter. It stretches 9 miles long so you can choose your own out-and-back length. And emphasis is on winter activity because it is south facing and consequently is in the sun from sunrise to sunset. In summer, temperatures at the bottom of the canyon can exceed 100 F. But in January it was a balmy 50 degrees!

Cirque Peak Banff National Park

The Best Hike in Banff National Park – Cirque Peak

Cirque Peak is an easy scramble in Banff National Park. Enjoy a spectacular approach through alpine meadows on a well-maintained trail. After reaching Helen Lake the peak is ascended off trail on a scree ridge with a short rock scramble to the summit. From the ridge, the views are spectacular. With each step upward the panorama continues to expand as more glaciers, alpine lakes and rugged mountain peaks come into view.