Bear Sign Canyon

Bear Sign Canyon

Bear Sign Canyon


I’m almost ashamed to say it took me nearly 20 years to try this trail. To bad for me as it was a really great hike. Truly excited about the thought of going back. A hidden treasure.

Below is what the Coconino National Forest website has to say.
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An infrequently used trail that has a true remote feel. It is shady, and can be hiked in summer. Begin on Dry Creek Trail. Its signed trailhead is west of the parking area across a wash. The trail immediately enters Wilderness Area and turns right as it meets Dry Creek and follows along this usually dry streambed.

It climbs out briefly and there is a good view of the area. At .75 miles, there is a junction of two drainage ditches. Dry Creek continues ahead. Go left past the trailhead sign for Bear Sign. The trail climbs gradually parallel to the drainage with views of the red rock walls of this rugged canyon. later, the trail narrows and becomes less distinct, but is never far from the dry streambed and is marked by cairns. At 3 miles, the trail crosses a large wash, bends right and soon ends in a carpet of ferns with views of white Coconino sandstone cliffs. Return by the same route for a 6.5 mile hike.

Rating: Moderate
Hiking Time: Allow 4 hours roundtrip
Uses: Hiking and Horses; Bicycles are prohibited in the Wilderness Area
USGS Map: Wilson Mountain

Open Season: Year ’round
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Sedona, AZ
Operated By: Red Rock Ranger District – 928-203-2900

Directions: From the junction of Routes 89A and 179, take 89A west 3.2 miles to Dry Creek Road on the right. Go 1.9 miles to FS 152 on the right. Take this unpaved road 4.4 miles to trailhead parking at its end. Forest Road 152 is normally passable for any car but should be avoided in wet weather.