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Bear Canyon (Upper) - Mogollon Rim, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
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Distance One Way 3.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,508 feet
Elevation Gain -396 feet
Accumulated Gain 424 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.0
Kokopelli Seeds 4.61
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
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Overview: Upper Bear Canyon is defined here as the "off trail" hiking section from where the split of Upper Bear Canyon with East Bear Canyon intersect. This hike as now written is an "out and back" beginning at the forced end of FR300G (due to Forest Service placed down trees). From the Parking/TH Start, this hike is a ~3.0 mile total one way to the upper most end of Bear Canyon. It is also possible this hike could be a loop or shuttle hike if an additional, adequate upper Bear Canyon hike exit route and TH Parking location is later determined. Upper Bear Canyon "off trail" hiking can be compared to hiking sections of our Mogollon Rim- Barbershop Canyon and Dane Canyon with significant seasonal water flow and pooling as of this June'12 posting.

Also Note: For the stronger hiker with off-trail route finding ability, this Bear Canyon(Upper) hike description can be combined with the Bear Canyon(Middle) hike description for a longer 10+ mile shuttle hike.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot

    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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    To hike
    From the Phoenix area- Drive Hwy 87 north through Payson, Pine, and Strawberry.. approx 10.5 miles north of Strawberry on Hwy 87 at MP281.1, turn right at signed FR300 (the Rim Road) and continue on FR300 for ~14.5 miles to the intersection with signed FR300G. Turn left onto FR300G and continue for ~2.4 miles to its FR300G end at the Parking/TH Start for this off-trail hike (at waypoint 34.45698 -111.21131). It is highly recommended that you download and follow the Driving Route (with key waypoints) posted above to this hike description;
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