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excellent autumn colors
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. From its intersection with lower West Bear Canyon, Upper 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.
For the stronger hiker with off-trail route-finding ability, you can combine this loop hike with the Bear Canyon(Middle) hike guide for a longer 12+ mile "lollypop" 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.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.