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Little Bear Trail #112, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 3.58 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,620 feet
Elevation Gain 866 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,118 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.31
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14  2020-06-27 azbackpackr
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7  2009-07-10
Sunset Trail #23 - Flagstaff
18  2009-07-10 Jim_H
19  2008-08-03 mtnlver
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Jun → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:14am - 6:23pm
Official Route
4 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2019 Museum Fire12.4 mi**
🔥 2010 Schultz Fire15.1k
🔥 1977 Radio Fire4.8k
🔥 View All over Official Route 🔥
*perimeter length in miles
**possible voids inflate figure

Likely In-Season!
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This trail was officially dedicated in the summer of 1998. Much of the trail, which links Sunset and Little Elden Trails, was constructed by devoted trail volunteers including mountain bikers, hikers, equestrians and several other organizations. It appears that all of their hard work has pad off as this is quickly becoming one of the more popular trails in the area.

As the trail climbs through the ever present ponderosa pine and Gambel oak trees that inhabit much of Flagstaff's surrounding landscape, it gradually winds through Douglas-fir, limber pine and pockets of aspen trees at the top. Additionally, you will encounter the occasional rocky mountain maple along the trail which during the fall season will blaze with color. Two vistas along the trail offer outstanding views of Sunset Crater located 8 miles northeast (as the crow flies) and in the distant background the painted desert acts as a colorful backdrop.

Many wildlife species make their home in this area including mule deer, elk, porcupine and black bear for which the trail is distinctly named after. In addition, red-tailed hawks, raven and the occasional turkey vulture will dazzle you with their aerial acrobats. Please remember to minimize your impacts on wildlife by viewing from a distance, keeping your dog(s) on a leash and limiting noise levels to a minimum.

Trail Etiquette: Please remember that you share the trail with other users and that trail courtesy and safety is your responsibility. Be sure to observe all rules and regulations, stay on designated trail, and minimize your impacts by not trampling vegetation and avoiding muddy areas. Also, hikers and mountain bikers should yield the trail to equestrians, and mountain bikers should yield the trail to hikers.

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2008-06-11 HAZ_Hikebot
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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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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Drive 5 miles northeast of Flagstaff on US Highway 89 to Elden Spring Road (Forest Road 556) and turn left (west). Continue on this road approximately 3.5 miles to the Little Elden Springs trailhead on the right (north) side of the road. Park at this trailhead and follow Little Elden Trail #69 west about 1.5 miles to the junction of Little Bear Trail.
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