June of this year I did my first exploratory hike into Bear Canyon (Middle) heading up
canyon from the recommended Park/TH Start for this hike at the intersection of FR139A/Fred Haught TR#141. On this June exploratory hike, I went up canyon only 1.7mls of the 5.3ml one way distance due to a narrow canyon section with significant water pooling.
My goal this July visit was to explore the additional section of middle Bear Canyon that I was unable to hike (ie, elected not to hike and be wet) in June.
This July'12 visit, Larry and I started from the recommended Bear Canyon (Upper) Park/TH at the end of FR300G for a faster access to the most upper end of middle Bear Canyon. We then hiked an out and back down
Bear Canyon (Middle) to stop at where I had ended my June adventure.
Now having completed this entire ~5.3 mile one way hike, I am impressed with my June-July trip findings of significant water pooling (which may
require you to get wet if
hiking the entire route), scenic canyon cliff geology, lush green foliage including ferns, pines, oaks, aspens, and numerous stands of Big Tooth Maple which should all make for a very pleasant summer Mogollon Rim high country off-trail escape and should also make for a very pleasant prime autumn
off-trail hike experience.
For more detail, please also see my posted June-July GPS Routes with key waypoints, and my geocoded picsets with captions.