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Re: "Bear Wallow" Trail

Post by joebartels » Jul 23 2017 1:55 pm

@swingdance
where is it in relation to https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=20
above it?
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Re: "Bear Wallow" Trail

Post by SkyIslandHiker » Jul 23 2017 4:26 pm

swingdance wrote: Must see this entire area again come autumn. 8)
Bear Wallow is one of the three best fall color areas on Mt. Lemmon, along with the Marshall Gulch and Aspen Draw Trails. All three areas are loaded with maples. Fall color on Mt. Lemmon usually peaks around October 20th or so.

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Re: "Bear Wallow" Trail

Post by Pivo » Jul 23 2017 4:36 pm

@swingdance
I posted a GPS Track from today's hike, " Butterfly Loop" Open it in Route MGR, will give you a great perspective.
https://hikearizona.com/map.php?GPS=37299

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Re: "Bear Wallow" Trail

Post by SkyIslandHiker » Jul 23 2017 4:51 pm

swingdance wrote:At the same place as the Sunset trail head, this is right across the highway from the Butterfly trail head. Easy to see as there is a barrier to prevent vehicle traffic. From here it will take you to a wooden foot bridge and you will want to stay left.
Since the trail Bear Wallow Trail is only a about a mile long what we do is start at the Mt. Bigelow Road end (at the first bend in the road where the toboggan hill was/is). Hike from there to the Sunset Trail and continue on the Sunset to Marshall Gulch and up the Marshall Gulch Trail to the saddle. Return via the Aspen-Sunset-Bigelow Trails for a total distance of 8.9 miles hitting three fall color areas - Bear Wallow, Marshall Gulch Trail and the Aspen Trails. Important - When you are starting up Marshall Gulch begin your hike on the LOWER trail directly BEHIND the restroom or else you'll miss seeing many of the maples.

Another shorter (6.7 mile) and even better fall color hike is with a car shuttle. Park a car at Ski Valley and drive back to the Mt. Bigelow end of Bear Wallow. Start there and hike the Bear Wallow, Sunset and Marshall Gulch Trails to Marshall Saddle. From the saddle take the Aspen Trail up to Radio Ridge and then head down the Aspen Draw Trail to Ski Valley. This one way hike hits the three best fall color areas on the mountain. Since the 2003 Aspen Fire the fall color along the Aspen Draw Trail is usually better than along the Aspen Trail.

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Re: "Bear Wallow" Trail

Post by SkyIslandHiker » Jul 23 2017 4:57 pm

@ Pivo. Any evidence of the recent Burro Fire along the Butterfly Trail?

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Re: "Bear Wallow" Trail

Post by Pivo » Jul 24 2017 3:33 am

@SkyIslandHiker
Bill, there was a new firebreak on the North slope below the Mt Bigelow summit, didn't see any new burn areas.

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