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Abineau Trail #127, AZ

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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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4  2021-06-09 MountainMatt
14  2020-10-04
Bears basin
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Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin
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Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin
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Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin
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Abineau - Bear Jaw Loop
7  2019-10-23 azlaurie
12  2019-10-13
Abineau - Bear Jaw Loop
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 241
Routes 829
Photos 12,070
Trips 4,849 map ( 24,809 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct → 9 AM
Seasons   Summer to Early Autumn
Sun  5:12am - 7:45pm
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15 Alternative

Real Forest in Arizona
by joebartels

Likely In-Season!
Arizona is a desert. Wait a minute. 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 Quaking 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 the views are beautiful.

S_abiMAP.jpg 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 Humphreys Summit Trail #151 you expected views like this without reward. Unless you're looking to bag the peak, I recommend this trail.

Ending at the Waterline Road (FR 146), 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 Abineau 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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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking 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.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To Abineau Trailhead
East Approach
Country Club & US-89
North 11.9-miles on US-89. Turn left, cross HWY & on to Fire Road 545 0.6-miles
Turn right on Schultz Pass Rd, follow 1.0-mile
Turn right on E Butler Ave, follow 6.2-miles
Continue 1.3-miles on Fire Rd 418

West Approach thru Flagstaff
N Humphreys St & N Fort Valley Rd: Turn Left
Follow 18.7-miles to the second turnoff for FR151 at mile marker 235.2
Follow FR151 1.6-miles (well maintained). Take a left on FR418.
Follow FR418 3.1-miles to FR9123J. Turn right onto FR9123J and follow 0.5-mile to the trailhead. The parking is area is large. There is a short walk to the trail signage.

Bonus Tip
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.

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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