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Bearfoot Trail, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Payson > Payson N
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Distance One Way 5.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,013 feet
Elevation Gain -318 feet
Accumulated Gain 656 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.99
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes
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9  2019-09-21
Pine Canyon Dickerson Flat attempt
The_Eagle
15  2019-09-03
Rock Wall Bear Foot Loop
markthurman53
5  2019-08-17
Pine Creek Canyon upper
The_Eagle
1  2019-05-25
Bearfoot-Pine Canyon
The_Eagle
24  2018-10-04
Bear Foot Trail Plus
CannondaleKid
15  2018-09-01
Red Geronimo Milk East Pine Bear
The_Eagle
12  2018-05-19
Pine Canyon - Bearfoot
rayhuston
3  2018-05-19
Pine Canyon - Bearfoot
The_Eagle
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Author markthurman53
author avatar Guides 93
Routes 525
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Trips 435 map ( 4,258 miles )
Age 66 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Preferred   Apr, May, Sep, Oct
Seasons   Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:58am - 6:20pm
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by markthurman53

Overview
The Bear Foot Trail connects Highway 87 at 0.5 miles East of Strawberry to Pine Creek and the Pine Canyon Trail #26. The trail is signed at 6 miles.


The trail follows along and below the rim and just above the private property with cabins / houses. This is a fairly open trail until the last third as you approach Pine Creek. There are views to the east of Milk Ranch Mesa and Point and to the South down Pine Canyon toward Payson.

Upper Pine Canyon is very plush and a popular spot in late spring to Fall. The problem is that there is no easy way to get there unless you have access through the private property of lower Pine Canyon. The Bear Foot Trail is one of two access trails to upper Pine Creek, the other being the Pine Canyon Trail and both involve a 6 mile hike in.

Hike
The trailhead along Highway 87 is 0.5 miles east of the town of Strawberry. There is a passing lane just before strawberry and alongside is the trailhead. Two trails depart from this trailhead, the Bear Foot Trail and the Rock Wall Trail.

The Bear Foot Trail starts out heading north but after a little meandering around a ravine will eventually head in an easterly direction. This trail can be a little frustrating in that it does a lot of what I consider needless meandering and very long gradual switchbacks. The trail is in excellent condition and allows for sightseeing without having to necessarily stop.

The first third of the trail follows above highway 87 in a juniper forest. The next third is along a Juniper forest again but the under growth has been cut back probably as a protection against wildfires since houses are just below. There are great views to the Southeast along this stretch when you pass over ridges. More really ridiculous switchbacks in this section.

The trail passes a water tank and then the last of the houses, from here the last third of the trail drops you into Pine Canyon. Pine trees become more prevalent and the views become scarcer. The west slope of Milk Ranch Mesa is the prominent view. At 6 miles in the trail crosses a metal bridge and the junction with the Pine Canyon Trail.

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2019-09-04 markthurman53

    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
    Highway 87 0.5 miles east of the town of Strawberry. Park off to side of highway near the passing lane on the north side of the highway right near mile marker 270.
    page created by The_Eagle on Sep 04 2019 1:25 pm
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