username
X
password
register help

Bear Wallow Trail #63, AZ

details
drive
no permit
forecast
route
stats
photos
triplogs
topic
location
302 18 1
Guide 18 Triplogs  1 Topic
Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Alpine > Alpine S
Rated
3.7
3.7 of 5 by 6
 
15
Statistics
clicktap icons for details
Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 16 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,730 feet
Elevation Gain -2,000 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,271 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 7-9 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 37.36
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes
feature photo
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
Collective Slideshow
Inaugural Calculation next Tap
12  2018-07-21 DarthStiller
5  2018-07-21 wallyfrack
8  2017-06-17
Reno Trail #62
friendofThunderg
16  2014-07-19 VolcanoCLMBR
40  2014-06-24
Pacheta Falls the Hard Way
friendofThunderg
24  2014-05-31
Rose Schell Reno Bear Wallow
chumley
23  2014-05-30
Rose Spring Trail
friendofThunderg
43  2013-07-12 friendofThunderg
Page 1,  2
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Radar
Expand Map
Preferred   Jul, Jun, Aug, Sep → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:49am - 5:15pm
openimportsetbegin
Route Scout App
1262followactivity
Official Route
 
3 Linked
 
Water
Nearby Area Water
Reno Trail #62
1.8 mi away
1.9 mi
23 ft
Greenlee County High Point 9441
Greenlee County High Point 9441
2.8 mi away
1.0 mi
155 ft
KP Cienega Campground
3.1 mi away
Rose Spring Trail
Rose Spring Trail
3.1 mi away
5.4 mi
-2,000 ft
KP Trail #70
KP Trail #70
3.1 mi away
9.0 mi
865 ft
KP South Fork
KP South Fork
3.1 mi away
5.9 mi
1,438 ft
Gobbler Point Trail
Gobbler Point Trail
4.4 mi away
2.7 mi
-2,070 ft
KP Rim Loop
KP Rim Loop
4.4 mi away
17.5 mi
3,800 ft
Aker Lake Trail #17
Aker Lake Trail #17
4.5 mi away
7.0 mi
944 ft
Salthouse Canyon Trail #18
4.6 mi away
6.6 mi
[ View More! ]
Fauna Nearby
Flora Nearby
Meteorology Nearby
Named place Nearby
Culture Nearby
The Bears Are Watching
by Rays

2016 Note
2016 check triplogs for more recent conditions.

Hike
The Bear Wallow Wilderness is a lush valley with a perennial stream running through it located just south of Hannagan Meadow. We camped close to the trailhead the first night and awoke to howling coyotes answered by wolves. It was absolutely haunting! The next morning we shouldered our packs and descended 700 feet to Bear Wallow Creek. Even though it was late October, the forest was incredibly green with huge spruce trees with hanging moss. Springs seeped from the canyon walls. The stream was crystal clear with an occasional Apache trout darting from sunlight to shadow. There were small meadows with abundant elk sign. We continued another 2 miles to the junction of Schell Canyon where we camped for the night. T shirts were followed by more layers as the temperature plunged into the 20s.


The next day we day hiked another 3 miles into the canyon dropping another 1200 feet. We crossed the creek 12 times and at one point the trail climbed the canyon wall and became quite narrow. The scenery continued to amaze us. The highlight was a high canyon wall with ferns and hanging grasses that reminded us of the Fern Grotto in Hawaii! The bear bells came out when we saw the first bear skat. More followed along with large over turned rocks. We didn't see the bears but I swear they were watching us.

We could have continued another 2 miles to the end of the trail but chose to get back to camp before dark. The next day we sadly climbed back to the trail head for our trip home.

Rays
  • guide related image
    guide related
  • book
    area related
  • 100 Classic Hikes - 2007
    area related
    100 Classic Hikes - 2007
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.

Permit $$
None


Directions
Map Drive
or
Road
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
From Phoenix, take 87 to Payson, turn right (north) on 260 to Showlow. You will jog through town and pick up 260 again (watch signs). Take to 191 (Springerville) and go south to Hannagan Meadow. Continue on 191 for another 4.3 miles and go west on FR 25. Go approximately 3 miles to the trailhead (63) on the left hand side of the road. Allow about 5 1/2 hours driving time.
help comment issue

end of page marker