When a trailhead sign or general back road signage is posted it usually has a lifespan of maybe 4-5 years. These are important signs.
There's been two beyond nice, carved, immaculate signs stating Abineau is impassable for YEARS now. How they've survived without a scratch is mind boggling. Even more mind boggling is they're useless! Abineau is easier to follow then upper Bear Jaw layered in leaves. There's only one turn to be concerned with and it's staked with a reflective marker and a laminated sign that reads "Trail --->". Likely a gift from the Arizona Avalanche Foundation.
Abineau and the pipeline road are in full Autumn prime NOW! Bear Jaw is boring comparatively. It does flaunt one tight ravine that packs a punch. I was a tad disappointed thinking I'd get to walk through highly sought "red" aspen. There is a huge patch of the mutant breed. However it's in the distance with fair views at best. Not even sure I got a photo as I was expecting to walk through such.
Started at 8:30 and it was 52 degrees. 62 was the high for the hike. If it's sunny leave the balaclava, pants and jacket behind.
Updated the loop page as it's only 7 miles. Took WAY too many photos. It took 1.5hours just to download...ugh
The elk? are going nuts. Not sure if that's what's considered bugling. But it's a high pitch screech that's rather eerie. It was coming from two directions. Some huge animal stumbled cracking branches but I never got a view. Squirrels in the trees were chirping like birds and relentlessly at that! Trail register indicated about 5 entries for Tuesday.
Was tempted to check Inner Basin but too lazy. Looking at the mountain it's gotta be good. Upper back side of Elden is gold too. The only green aspens I saw were on the lower Bear Jaw. Also never realized there's different Aspen at the lower elevation. They're more branched and full. Perhaps just because they're not clumped together so tight.
Fabulouso day, even though Bear Jaw didn't pan out.