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Bear Canyon Upper - West Bear Canyon Loop
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Bear Canyon Upper - West Bear Canyon LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2014
trekkin_gecko
Hiking4.45 Miles 566 AEG
Hiking4.45 Miles
566 ft AEG
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got a last minute invite from kingsnake to do one of grasshopper's off trail bear canyon loops
we picked the west loop as preston hadn't done it yet and hoped for some fall color
got an early start and were on forest road 300 in no time
i hadn't been on this end of the road before
thought it was in pretty good condition
good views off the rim
temps in low 50s, clear skies
parked just off forest road 95 so took a slightly different route than the official track
dropped into upper bear canyon and immediately found flowing water
as we got lower, some oaks and maples were just starting to turn
the canyon is very scenic
had to cross the creek to find the best footing, and it got narrower at times
took our time, and plenty of photos
came to the confluence with west bear canyon and continued down for a few hundred feet until we found a good spot for a snack break
headed up west bear canyon, which was wider and more open
not as many deciduous trees in here, but plenty of moss and fungi
very lush and damp with a good flow of water in the canyon
had to cross a few times
often found a faint trail to follow
climbed out of the canyon and went cross country back to our starting point
really enjoyed this area and would like to spend more time here
so much more to experience
thanks for the invite, preston
this was something i wouldn't have done on my own
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