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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,457 feet
Elevation Gain 390 feet
Accumulated Gain 419 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.3
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
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Age 77 Male Gender
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Seasons   Early Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  6:20am - 6:08pm
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Perennial Water / Riparian Section of Upr Bear Canyon
by Grasshopper & EmilyT

 
Warning
July and August are Monsoon Season on our Mogollon Rim so plan according. This hike has a significant amount of tree cover along the outside boundaries of the main meadows area that this off-trail hike is within. Other than the off-trail start and ending hike distance down to enter Upper Bear Canyon and back up to FR95, the meadows area this hike is mainly within has a significant amount of hiking exposure if monsoon lighting is present.

Overview and Hike
In this Coconino NF- Mogollon Rim section which is fairly close to some of the Cabin Loop Trails, Bear Canyon has three different canyon drainages that intersect this Hike Guide area: Main (Lower-Middle-Upper) Bear Canyon, East Bear Canyon, and West Bear Canyon.

This Hike Guide covers a short section of what I consider to be the beginning of the Main (Upper) Bear Canyon section which I peg as starting at its confluence with East Bear Canyon. This short Hike Guide section continues up the Main (Upper) Bear Canyon to end at its confluence with the Lower End of West Bear Canyon. One can continue up the East Bear Canyon Drainage, or one can continue up the more difficult to bushwhack and rock/boulder hop West Bear Canyon Drainage (for ~1/2ml to Autumn Maple Village Bliss) or continue further up the easier to navigate Bear Canyon Main (Upper) Drainage or just decide to do a short 2.2 miles "Out N Back" as these Hike Guide authors decided to do.

Synopsis
Through the years, the author has hiked most all of the Bear Canyon Drainage Sections mentioned above, except for the Main (Lower) Section South of the FR95 crossing. In the author's opinion, this Hike Guide 2.2 mile Out N Back Section is without question the most beautiful, remote, scenic, with colorful riparian meadow areas, and with 12 months/year perennial water flow.

After four (4) different off-trail attempts through the years to find an easy-to-navigate route down to this specific section of Bear Canyon, finally with this fourth attempt utilizing a Parking and TH Start down FR95, this is it!

Water Sources
Twelve (12) months/year perennial water flow.

Camping
Several lovely locations to Backpack Camp (Family with younger kids too!), with an excellent probability of viewing wildlife in the early mornings and early evenings.

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2022-06-22 Grasshopper & EmilyT
    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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    Road
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From the Phoenix area:
    Take Highway 87 (The Beeline Hwy) North through Payson, Pine, and Strawberry. Approximately 10.5 miles North of Strawberry on Hwy 87 at Mile Marker 281.1, turn East (right) onto signed Rim Road (FR300). Drive FR300 for 13 miles to the signed intersection with FR95. Turn northeast (left) onto FR95 and drive FR95 for approximately 2.4 miles to the unsigned and off-gravel road, high clearance "one vehicle only" parking location at Gps Coordinates 34.465787 -111.211966.

    Note:
    It is highly recommended to download and follow the author's "official" Gps Hiking Route posted to this Hike Guide which will detail all "key" hike waypoints including the recommended easy-to-miss, unsigned, High Clearance Parking Location as well as the recommended off-trail TH Start location for this Hike Guide at Gps Coordinates 34.465061 -111.212321 (at 6/18/22, authors did build a Small Rock Cairn on top of a weathered log close to FR95 denoting the TH Start for this off-trail hike... also see this referenced TH Start "Rock Cairn" in author's 6/18/22 photoset).
    page created by Grasshopper on Jun 22 2022 10:42 pm
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