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Bear Canyon Upper - West Bear Canyon Loop, AZ

Guide 18 Triplogs  1 Active Topic
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Loop 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,571 feet
Elevation Gain -425 feet
Accumulated Gain 740 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5.0 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.7
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes
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Hunting Fall Color
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West Bear Canyon (Minimal Autumn)
7  2020-09-29 outdoor_lover
21  2017-08-26 Grasshopper
3  2017-07-25
Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#4
25  2014-09-29 kingsnake
18  2014-09-29 trekkin_gecko
26  2014-09-29
West Bear Cyn Alternate - FR 398 LOOP
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Author Grasshopper
author avatar Guides 45
Routes 480
Photos 8,786
Trips 543 map ( 5,393 miles )
Age 75 Male Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Jun
Sun  5:23am - 7:20pm
Official Route
7 Alternative

excellent autumn colors
by Grasshopper

Likely In-Season!
Upper Bear Canyon and West 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 in the Bear Canyon Upper sections as of this June'12 posting. In Autumn, with surprisingly numerous large stands of Big Tooth Maple within the West Bear Canyon section, this LOOP should provide some excellent autumn colors. West Bear Canyon is mostly easy to navigate with only the lower ~1/3 mile section requiring moderate rock/boulder scrambling with creek downfall to negotiate. Upper Bear Canyon from its intersection with lower West Bear Canyon is nicely shaded in the afternoon with numerous, active animal routes to follow. It is recommended to download and follow the "official" GPS Route posted herein.

Also Note: For the stronger hiker with off-trail route finding ability, this loop hike can be combined with the Bear Canyon(Middle) hike description for a longer 12+ mile "lolly pop" loop hike... if planning this option it is recommended to start/end from the Bear Canyon (Middle) Park/TH Location unless planning a shuttle hike which is also an option.

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2012-06-24 Grasshopper
    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.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    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 ~13.2 miles to the intersection with easy to miss but signed FR398. Turn left onto FR398 and continue for ~.30 miles to road left side Parking/TH Start for this off-trail hike (at waypoint 34.44440 -111.23384). 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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