Arizona is a desert. Wait a minute. Actually it's a gift from mother nature. One trip up Abineau Canyon will surely convince a desert dweller. The drive to the trailhead is spectacular in itself. You'll pass stands of Aspen engulfed by fields of bracken fern. There is a great view of the peaks
along the way too. Park your vehicle and head on over to the trail signage in the distance. It's another quarter mile of easy hiking to the official trailhead junction for Abineau and Bear Jaw trails. As you can see from the map
this could also be a great loop hike. If you're looking for an easier venture take the Bear Jaw Trail.
Okay, now it's on up the Abineau Trail. The lower sections include large stands of Ponderosa pines. Several stands of Aspen are encountered along the way. Carvings in the aspen dating back to the fifties are everywhere. Please refrain from the act. There was slim reason for cattlemen, long ago, to mark these trees. There is no good reason to leave a beautiful tree susceptible to disease and death these days. In the upper reaches you will be hiking next to picturesque Douglas fir. This is a great hike. The air is real and views are beautiful.
Be careful as the footing is loose in the upper reaches. The trail is steep. It's easy to see how an avalanche might roll down this canyon in the winter. Once again the views are excellent. If you've hiked the Humphrey's Trail you expected views like this without reward. Unless you're looking to bag the peak, I recommend this trail.
Ending at the pipeline road I opted to turn around. You can turn east and do the popular loop hike down Bear Jaw Trail. Be cautious of lightning in the upper sections of Aubineau Canyon. - Aug 08 2000 joe bartelsCoconino FS Reports
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This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example