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Abineau - Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2013
tibber
Hiking7.76 Miles 1,937 AEG
Hiking7.76 Miles   6 Hrs      1.76 mph
1,937 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break
 
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finally, the time had arrived and we hoped we would get the fall color we had planned for. I finalized the date a couple weeks ago. Kathy and Karl would meet up with us via a different route coming from Lockett Meadow. Karl hiked fast when he realized we were on the trail and did indeed catch us. We were delighted. Kathy was not far behind; she was having a tougher time this day but that works out good for me as we can stay within sight of each other on the up elevation.

We were happy to encounter :FG: color right at the Wilderness boundary and that the fall color would come in and out until the avalanche area. We took pictures of :D :
    the bounty of a squirrel; must have been a big squirrel as the bounty consisted of larger pine cones,
    our faces framed in a fallen branch of an aspen tree,
    fallen leaves that adorned the fir trees like ornaments,
    the golden aspens stretching high above us.

Soon though, the cameras would get tucked away as we slowly made our way up and around the avalanche area. The avalanche area didn't seem so big at first but then when you rounded the corner you could see the larger swath of it. The lighting was terrible so I only grabbed a few pictures.
Ambika commented about her feet getting heavier, I said something about slow motion and inner thighs and Kathy just kept on trudging : rambo : . Karl and Kelly were way ahead by this time while we managed those last hundreds of feet.

A couple that we visited with a bit, and very knowledgeable about the area, soon left the prime viewing spot at Waterline Road and it is here we stopped for lunch. The view was VERY clear :y: and according to the gentleman I was looking at Point Imperial where I had been about a month ago (he says it's less than 50 miles from here as the crow flies) and way beyond that the Vermillion Cliffs. When I asked him about the gap between the two plateaus (to the SW) he said he thot Powell. But then moments after he had left he came running back up the road and said the Kanab drainage. I was dazzled by how far we could see :D .

The weather was so kind we didn't want to leave but alas, it was time. What a pleasure to be heading down and on a road where you can walk side by side a little and visit. We all loved this part of our hike too and had a great time admiring our environment. There was one section where the leaves had fallen off the aspen creating the yellow brick road :DANCE: . That was fun too. We would get another of those for a short bit at the bottom of a drainage on the Bear Jaw Trail. After parting ways at the Junction we gingerly headed down the Bear Jaw as this first part of the trail was covered in leaves.

We stopped many times to admire the various aspens; especially this one section where the trunks were leaning. And sometimes the sun created cool shadows and light as we hiked on down the trail. The show would continue and so we had no choice but to be in Tibbermode. About 1/2 mile or so from the Abineau junction, we enjoyed taking pics of a large group of aspen. Ambika helped me with my sun star (go to A, change to f8) and by gosh, I got several good pics of a many rayed sun. However, I saw spots :stretch: for about the next 1/2 mile and was nervous they wouldn't go away but alas, I was back to normal by the time we got to the junction. Whew!

At the Kachina Wilderness sign we took a few photos for the AZ Wilderness Brewery. We hope the pics will turn out good. During most of the hike we ran into people and dogs of all ages. It was a glorious day for a hike so who can blame them. Along the way we had discussed taking the 418 over to Lockett Meadow but decided with the angle of the sun and its falling that the pic opportunity would not be there.

I emailed Kathy and Karl to tell them we were going to a Mexican place in Flag for dinner (Oscar's next to the Target). We arrived at Oscar's to find it closed on Sunday so we ended up at NiMarcos. I had never been there before. We had LOTS of wings in different flavors. Very good.

Video Part 1 on the Waterline Road: http://youtu.be/yqBMFzIfkJY
Video Part 2 on the Bear Jaw: http://youtu.be/k3kW9kY0mrU
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