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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. As now written, this hike 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 uppermost 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 pooling as of this June'12 posting.
For the stronger hiker with off-trail route-finding ability, you can combine with the Bear Canyon(Middle) hike for a longer 10+ mile shuttle hike.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
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.