Overview: Middle Bear Canyon is defined as the "off trail" section from where one enters the canyon at the coordinates noted below to Bear Canyon Upper where the canyon splits with East Bear Canyon. This hike as now written is an "out and back" (~5.3 miles one way) but could also be a loop or shuttle hike if an adequate upper Bear Canyon hike exit route and TH Parking location is later determined. Middle Bear Canyon "off trail" hiking can be compared to hiking sections of our Mogollon Rim- Barbershop Canyon and Dane Canyon.
Hike Start: from TH Parking, hike NW crossing FR139A following Fred Haught Trail#141. Enter into Middle Bear Canyon (down east side) at where Trail#141 crosses Bear Canyon on FR95 (at 34.509706 -111.200924).
Also Note: For the stronger hiker with off-trail route finding ability, this Bear Canyon(Middle) hike description can be combined with the Bear Canyon(Upper) hike description for a longer 10+ mile shuttle hike.
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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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