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Bear Canyon Trail #299, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance One Way 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,881 feet
Elevation Gain 3,839 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,966 feet
Avg Time One Way 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 19.22
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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16  2019-07-19
Bear Canyon Trail #299 Upper
6  2018-03-21 cactuscat
8  2017-04-12 cactuscat
15  2012-03-20 SkyIslander18
15  2011-06-07
Dutch Henry Trail #297
5  2011-04-03
Dutch Henry Trail #297
18  2010-10-24 Kel1969
9  2009-07-21 PrestonSands
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,862
Routes 16,287
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 24 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Sep → 6 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:11am - 7:29pm
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Bear of a Hike
by HAZ_Hikebot

Bear Canyon Trail provides access to four Forest trails that lead down the mountain from Ladybug Saddle. Ladybug Trail #329, Dutch Henry Canyon Trail #297, Turkey Flat Trail #330 and Ladybug Peak Trail #300 all connect to the Bear Canyon Trail. In addition to offering access to a number of other trails, Bear Canyon Trail provides good views to the south. Among the features you can see from the upper reaches of this trail are the Dos Cabezas Mountains east of Willcox, with the Greasewood Mountains in the foreground and Sulphur Springs Valley in the distance. Closer in, you'll enjoy good views of the lower slopes and southern peaks of the Pinalenos as well.

The trail essentially starts among mixed conifer forest surroundings and drops down to an oak- and juniper-dotted desert grassland. As you might suspect, Bear Canyon is a good place to see black bears which are quite common on this mountain range. (Remember that bears are secretive creatures, and usually you have to be looking for them to see them.) Bear Canyon Trail is also a good place to see a much smaller predator-ladybugs, lots of them. Ladybug Peak Trail #300 branches off the main trail and leads to the summit of Ladybug Peak. Here, during the summer, rocks and trees are sometimes covered with these aphid-eating insects.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2008-06-12 HAZ_Hikebot
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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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To Bear Canyon Trailhead
From the junction of SR191 & SR266 about 16mi south of Safford it's 8.6mi east on SR266.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 232 mi - about 3 hours 27 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 122 mi - about 1 hour 52 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 375 mi - about 5 hours 33 mins
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