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Bear Canyon hike, AZ
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Bear Canyon hike, AZ 
Bear Canyon hike, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2013
Hiking11.03 Miles 2,189 AEG
Hiking11.03 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.23 mph
2,189 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
1st trip
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Lots of rain made this one sort of miserable, but it was a worthwhile adventure nonetheless. I started and ended this hike at the See Canyon TH, but only made a GPS track of the part on top of the rim.

Anyway, I started at See Canyon TH with cloudy skies overhead. Got to the top of the rim and you could really tell a storm was brewing. Crossed over FR300 and headed as close to due north as possible to intersect with the top of Bear canyon. Found a decent entry point and headed down into the canyon. That's when the heavy rain started, and it kept going pretty steady all the way to the lake.

Got to the lake after a soggy log hurdling session, and I was happy when the rain stopped for a few minutes so I could take a few pictures. I had packed with the intention of making this an overnight trip to test out my new sleeping bag and bivy, so I was a bit tired from carrying more weight than usual. After about ten minutes of scouting for a camp spot, another wave of rain hit, this time it was a really intense downpour. I retreated under the cover of some small pines on the south end of the lake. After sitting there for a bit it dawned on me that there was no way i'd be able to set up my tarp and sleeping gear without spending a night as the coldest, wettest and most miserable person in Coconino county. So I aborted the mission and headed back for the car.

On the way back the rain kept coming. My boots had already been full of water for the previous hour or more, so I didn't really mind slogging up the creek bottom on the way back up the canyon. After a while I got tired of the slippery, muddy sidehill walking so I trudged straight up the west side of the canyon and made my way toward FR300. It was much easier hiking up top, and I emerged from the forest right at the turnoff for the road going out onto Promontory butte. Had to follow 300 for a little bit to get back to the See Canyon trail, and from there it was smooth sailing to the trailhead, with just a few light showers.

After this experience I'm stocking up on those cheapy clear plastic ponchos. It was the only rain gear I had, and it really saved my butt on this trip... especially since I was wearing just a cotton t-shirt and cargo pants all day. My legs were soaked but my upper body and backpack stayed relatively dry and warm.
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