My first of four planned (June-Sept) "5 night/6 day" car camping/hiking/R&R summer heat escape visits to my favorite Coconino NF- Mogollon Rim camping and hiking area (at 7450+ feet elevation with week lows 39-46F and highs only 78-82F)
With the new Coconino NF- Travel Management Rules (TMRs)
in effect since 5/1/12 and the present Stage II fire restrictions (no campfires, no charcoal grills, & more..), this first 2012 camping visit was still a learning process for me. With these new TMR rules, on the designated Forest Road numbered camping corridors where off-road (up to 300 feet) vehicle travel is approved, there can be more of a "wilderness experience feel" to car camping on the Rim. Unfortunately, since these new TMR rules were implemented my favorite FR139C car camping locations no longer allow vehicle travel more than 30 feet off-road..thus, if I elect to camp (not drive) further in than 30 feet off-road, that is acceptable, but with my "Camp Grasshopper" always in tow the setup time and departure time can be a little more complicated and time consuming..
I was particularly looking forward to this visit and my first opportunity to explore the new to me Bear Canyon
hiking areas (both middle and upper sections). Since Todd's first unplanned hiking snow visit crossing in April'12.. http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=253290
, I was hooked! I soon did some HAZ topo map, satellite, and Google Earth investigations for possible driving routes and Parking/TH Start options. Todd reviewed my plans and I later finalized them for my two planned exploratory hikes within Middle and Upper Bear Canyon both of which I am pleased to say are now official and recommended HAZ Hike Descriptions linked herein.
My thanks to HAZ-BEEBEE(Brian) and his lovely wife for driving all the way up on Sun-6/10 to visit for the day and giving me the opportunity to share my outdoor cooking with them for a most enjoyable day with "lunch on our Mogollon Rim".