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Bear Canyon (Middle) - Mogollon Rim, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 10.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,040 feet
Elevation Gain -257 feet
Accumulated Gain 805 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.0
Kokopelli Seeds 14.63
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
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9  2020-10-13
Bear Canyon Middle Loop
5  2019-06-13
FR95 Closure at Bear Cyn - Mogollon Rim
19  2018-08-22
Bear Canyon Middle Loop
3  2018-05-18
Bear Canyon Drop-In
8  2018-04-22 MountainMatt
15  2016-07-09
Bear Canyon - Cabin Loop via Washington Park
7  2016-07-09
Bear Canyon - Cabin Loop via Washington Park
19  2015-08-31
Bear Canyon Upper - East Bear Canyon Loop
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Sun  5:31am - 7:32pm
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Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2019 Hart Fire5k
🔥 2017 Bear Fire11.68
🔥 2016 Pinchot Fire3.9k
🔥 2015 General Fire2.7k
🔥 2014 General Fire2.1k
🔥 2009 July 4th Complex Fire3.1k
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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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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    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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    From the Phoenix Area- Hwy 87 North through Payson, Pine, Strawberry, and Clint's Well. Just past the Blue Ridge Ranger station on Hwy 87, turn right (east) onto Forest Road 95. Follow Forest Road 95 for approximately 11.15 miles, then turn left (south) onto Forest Road 139A. Follow Forest Road 139A for a little over 0.1 miles to the signed crossing (on left side) of the Fred Haught Trail #141. There is a small parking area here, and a large trail sign. This is also the Parking and TH Start location for access to the the Pinchot Cabin location.
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