Fay Canyon Overlook

NOTE: The following summary information is to help with hike selection and is not intended to be used for hiking the trail.

Summary: A hike along the southern and eastern edge of Bear Mountain that ends with a fantastic view of Fay Canyon

Challenge Level: Hard, because of the 1/2 mile up Bear Mountain and the very narrow trail to the overlook

Hiking Distance: 2 miles each way; 4 miles round trip

Trailhead Location: The parking area is located on Boynton Pass Road

Description: After crossing the road, hike up the Bear Mountain trail and turn right (east) to follow a faint unmaintained trail that goes along the side of Bear Mountain. The trail is hard to follow in places so generally keep next to Bear Mountain. As you hike around the east end of Bear Mountain, the trail becomes very narrow, with loose rock, loose sand, scrub oak and cactus. Be extremely careful on this part of the trail. We found an area used by a bootlegger in the Prohibition days (known locally as "Bootlegger Cave"), who had a great view of Fay Canyon Arch.

Here's a recent video of the hike



Here's a link to an older video of the hike (

Note: This trail is unmaintained and is difficult to follow. It is strongly suggested that you do not attempt this hike if narrow trails and steep drop offs are a concern. It is recommended that you have a portable GPS unit with the trail data installed (see below).


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For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.


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