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Bear Jaw Trail #26, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
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Distance One Way 2.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,616 feet
Elevation Gain 1,069 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,198 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.24
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Abineau - Bear Jaw Loop
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Abineau and Rees Peaks via A-BJ Loop
13  2020-10-12
Bear Jaw Inner Basin
14  2020-10-04
Bears basin
15  2020-10-04
Inner Basin via Bear Jaw
10  2020-10-03
Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin
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Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin
15  2020-10-03
Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 253
Routes 841
Photos 12,826
Trips 5,229 map ( 26,536 miles )
Age 52 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Jun, Aug, Sep, Jul
Seasons   Summer to Early Autumn
Sun  5:30am - 7:36pm
Official Route
15 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2022 Pipeline Fire Jun 15th62.1 mi*
🔥 1996 Hochderffer Fire17.5k
🔥 View (All) - over Official Route 🔥
*perimeter length in miles

Subalpine Symphony of Life
by joebartels

Likely In-Season!
On September 18th, 1944, a B-17 crashed in the head of Bear Jaw Canyon just three days after the Humphreys B-24 Bomber Crash. Four or five WWII military planes crashed into the San Francisco Mountains killing at least two dozen men in total. NAU math instructor Bob Packard visited the B-17 site in 1974.

Bear Jaw Trail #26 begins about 0.4-miles up Abineau Trail #127. Tread is typically fantastic. The grade is moderate-steep, and I would say easier than #127.

The 2.25-mile trail is loaded with Quaking Aspens that bring instant joy to desert dwellers. Engelmann spruce and Douglas-firs keep the trail cozy.

Some of the Aspen artwork is by shepherds that grazed sheep.

When you seemingly unexpectedly reach Waterline Road (FR 146) either return as an out-n-back or continue right to complete Abineau - Bear Jaw Loop in reverse.

Left on Waterline Road
2.75-mi / -190-ft intersects Inner Basin Trail #29 @ 2mi up the 4.25mi trail.

12-mi / -1,700-ft takes you to Shultz Pass Road. Weatherford Trail #102 begins just over 0.1-mi further.

Explorers Beware
This and other trails are over a half-mile through the steep, rugged off-trail forest to the wreckage. Off-trail in the Senecio Protection Area is only legal with snowpack to protect San Francisco Peaks groundsel. Keep in mind the wreckage is within the wilderness, government property is federally protected. Wreckage is not a trophy. Be respectful if encountered anywhere. When lives have been lost, posing with wreckage is disrespectful.

Bear Jaw Trail #26 is a gem but looping with Abineau is the prime choice. Upper Abineau Trail #127 has outstanding distant views. Yet, Bear Jaw might be the better of the two in Autumn foliage based on the abundance of Aspens!

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  • 2020 Kachina Peaks Map
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    2020 Kachina Peaks Map

Coconino FS Details
This route passes through an area that is colorful at all seasons of the year. In late Spring, alpine wildflowers such as lupine, rocky mountain iris, penstemon, and paintbrush color the trailside meadows. Sunflowers add a slash of yellow in Summer and groves of aspen paint the slopes with crimson and gold during the Fall.

There is a chance to see a black bear here-perhaps the best chance you'll have in the area around the Peaks. Seeing signs of these big shy animals along either trail is not uncommon. Mule deer and elk are also plentiful. Common birds are juncos, Steller's jays and Clark's nutcrackers. In Spring and early Summer the forest's best singer, the hermit thrush, will serenade you along your way.


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.

Permit $$

Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To Abineau Trailhead
East Approach
Country Club & US-89
North 11.9-miles on US-89. Turn left, cross HWY & on to Fire Road 545 0.6-miles
Turn right on Schultz Pass Rd, follow 1.0-mile
Turn right on E Butler Ave, follow 6.2-miles
Continue 1.3-miles on Fire Rd 418

West Approach thru Flagstaff
N Humphreys St & N Fort Valley Rd: Turn Left
Follow 18.7-miles to the second turnoff for FR151 at mile marker 235.2
Follow FR151 1.6-miles (well maintained). Take a left on FR418.
Follow FR418 3.1-miles to FR9123J. Turn right onto FR9123J and follow 0.5-mile to the trailhead. The parking is area is large. There is a short walk to the trail signage.

Bonus Tip
FR151 is Hart Prairie Road. This is a great loop to drive in the autumn. You can see aspen leaves turn golden yellow alongside the road.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 174 mi, 3 hours 6 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 279 mi, 4 hours 46 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 26.7 mi, 45 mins
90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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