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Abineau Trail #127, AZ

AZ > Flagstaff > Flagstaff NW
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Guide 54 Triplogs  4 Topics
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.35 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,500 feet
Elevation Gain 1,790 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,790 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.32
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Abineau Bear Jaw Loop
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Abineau Bear Jaw Loop
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Abineau Bear Jaw Loop
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Abineau Bear Jaw Loop
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Abineau Bear Jaw Loop
7  2018-05-19
Abineau Bear Jaw Loop
22  2017-10-07
Bear Jaw Rees Abineau loop
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 213
Routes 824
Photos 11,190
Trips 4,415 map ( 22,211 miles )
Age 50 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct → 9 AM
Seasons   Summer to Early Autumn
Sun  7:08am - 6:14pm
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Real Forest in Arizona
by joebartels

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.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

This is a moderately difficult hike.

Lightning Kills
Stay off the mountain when thunderstorms are forecasted. July and August are notorious for quick unexpected storms. Lower the risk by being OFF the mountain before 11am on a clear morning. Stay safe, read the NOLS Backcountry Lightning Safety Guidelines.

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2000-08-08 joebartels
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Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To Abineau Trailhead
From Flagstaff, head north on SR 180. Follow about twenty miles to the second turnoff for FR151 at mile marker 235.2 FR151 is Hart Prairie Road. This is a great loop to drive in the autumn. You can see aspen leaves turn golden yellow alongside the road. Anyhow back to task, follow FR151 just over a mile and a half. Take a left on FR418. Follow just over three miles to FR9123J. Turn right onto FR9123J and follow just over a half mile to the trailhead. The parking is area is large. There is a small walk to the trail signage, but it's within view. On the drive in I noticed several homes along the way, must be nice!

Misubri writes: From Flagstaff go north on US Highway 180 for approximately 18 miles. Turn right on Forest Rd. 151 (well maintained). Then continue 1.6 miles and turn left on Forest Rd. 418. Drive 3.1 miles to the signed turnoff for Abineau Trail. Turn right and go .3 miles to the trailhead.

You can also reach the trail head by going north on US Highway 89 and instead of turning right into Sunset Crater National Monument, turn left to come to Forest Rd. 418. Then it is about 8 miles to the trailhead.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 174 mi, 3 hours 6 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 279 mi, 4 hours 46 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 26.7 mi, 45 mins
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