Schell Canyon Trail #316, AZ | HikeArizona

Schell Canyon Trail #316, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.76 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,587 feet
Elevation Gain -1,096 feet
Accumulated Gain 75 feet
Avg Time One Way 90 min
Kokopelli Seeds 3.01
Interest Perennial Creek
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Rose Schell Reno Bear Wallow
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Rose Spring Trail #309
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Bear Wallow Trail #63
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Bear Wallow Wilderness
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Bear Wallow Trail #63
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Bear Wallow Trail #63
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Rose Spring Trail #309
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🔥 2018 Rattlesnake Fire26.1k
🔥 2011 Wallow Fire29.45
🔥 1971 Junction Fire15.0 mi*
🔥 1971 Bull Ridge Fire19.4 mi*
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    Apache - Sitgreaves FS Details
    Hiking this woodland wilderness trail could be described as a double-barreled experience. First, you'll pass some marvelous scenery along the access route to the trailhead. Then there is the rugged canyon, native trout fishing and picturesque campsites that Schell Canyon Trail itself provides access to in the Bear Wallow Wilderness.

    To get to the Schell Canyon trailhead you must travel about 3 miles of the Rose Spring Trail #309. That trail follows the dramatic 1500 foot escarpment that forms the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. The view that this prodigious dropoff offers of the canyons and mountains to the south is one of the most expansive in Arizona.

    After thrilling you with those magnificent overlooks, the Schell Trail takes you into the heart of the Bear Wallow Wilderness. Within this 11,000 acre area you'll pass through an alpine forest of mixed conifers and aspens as the trail leaves the rim and begins dropping into the Bear Wallow drainage. Tall ponderosa pines and canyon hardwoods shade the South Fork of Bear Wallow Creek, which the trail crisscrosses on its way to the floor of the main canyon. Schell Canyon Trail ends at its junction with Bear Wallow Trail, from which point you can return the way you came (and get another look at those views) or continue down Bear Wallow Creek where a number of streamside campsites provide excellent prospects for an overnight camp or an extended stay. A little-used and unmaintained spur of Schell Canyon Trail leads up the South Fork of Bear Wallow Creek providing opportunities for further exploration in that direction.

    Even more variations on this same hike are possible if you set up a shuttle or leave a mountain bike at either the Bear Wallow, Reno, or Gobbler trailheads. Then you can return by way of those trails to put together a loop hike of about the same length as a down and back hike along Schell Trail. The ride between Rose Spring trailhead and the Bear Wallow Trail is 10 miles, to Gobbler Point it's 15 miles.

    No motorized or mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) are permitted in Wilderness.
    Water runs year-round in both the South Fork and the mainstem of Bear Wallow Creek.
    This trail was completely reconstructed in 1988 and 89 by two Sierra Club Service Trips and one American Hiking Society volunteer vacation trip.

    Trail Log:
    0.0 Junction with Rose Spring Trail, passes through gate in fence.
    0.6 Drops into Schell Canyon Drainage.
    2.3 Confluence of Schell Canyon and South Fork of Bear Wallow Creek.
    2.8 Junction with Bear Wallow Trail #63 at confluence of north and south forks of Bear Wallow Creek.

    USGS Maps: Baldy Bill


    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    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
    Drive south on US 191 approximately 29 miles to Forest Road 54. Head 5.9 miles west on Forest Road 54 to a fork in the road. Proceed through the gate along the right fork about 0.6 miles to the end of the road. The Rose Spring Trail begins 20 yards below the parking area at a signed gate in the fence. Follow this trail about 3 miles to the junction marked by a sign where the Schell Trail branches off to the north.

    The Schell Trail is also accessible from the Bear Wallow Trail at the bottom of Bear Wallow Canyon. Campers along that stream use the trail for a scenic day hike to the Mogollon Rim and back.

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