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Abineau Bear Jaw Loop with some offtrail, AZ
mini location map2017-07-15
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Abineau Bear Jaw Loop with some offtrail, AZ 
Abineau Bear Jaw Loop with some offtrail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking10.41 Miles 4,237 AEG
Hiking10.41 Miles   7 Hrs   29 Mns   1.73 mph
4,237 ft AEG   1 Hour   27 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Originally, @MountainMatt had set this hike up and issued the invites. He ended up with a scheduling conflict, but since I already had the day free, I decided to go ahead with the hike anyway. We got to the trailhead at 5:30 and headed up Bear Jaw trail. We took a quick break when we reached Waterline, then headed up the ridge towards Rees. The off trail up to Rees was steep, but easier than I expected it to be, and we were able to follow game trails most of the way. We took a snack break on Rees, then headed over to Abineau. It was a steep descent down Rees, but the route up to Abineau was probably my favorite section of the day. The views from Abineau were great, and there was still not a cloud in the sky. We headed north off Abineau for our descent, which was easy at first. Shortly after passing the crash site, we inadvertently veered too far to the east and steeply down towards Bear Jaw Canyon. By the time we realized our error, we were far enough down to where it made more sense to just continue down the canyon to reconnect with Waterline. Once back at Waterline, even though we were not far from the top of Bear Jaw trail, we decided to head west and descend Abineau trail. We took another break at the junction with Abineau, then headed down back to the trailhead. Pretty much the only people we saw all day were along Abineau trail. Wildlife sightings were minimal--some deer, and an elk, not much else. We had some cloud cover at times for the last few miles, but nothing remotely resembling forming thunderstorms. Great day for this hike with perfect weather.
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