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Bear Canyon Middle Loop, AZ
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Bear Canyon Middle Loop, AZ 
Bear Canyon Middle Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2018
markthurman53
Hiking2.50 Miles 438 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   1.88 mph
438 ft AEG      13 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Once again the weather changed my plans for me. I was headed to the U Bar Trail Head but was stopped by a fallen tree along the Rim Road. It had rained about 2.5 inches over the evening and a tree had been hit by lightning and fell across the road. The lightning traveled down the center of the tree and heated the water to steam and it literally exploded, there were tree parts all around for 40 feet. would of been neat to see from a safe vantage point. If I had my tow chain with me I could of pulled the tree out of the road but I didn't bring it. Well luckily there are plenty of other options. Bear Creek was a good choice and with today's weather it was an ideal time to see this canyon.

I took FSR 95 to where the junction of Bear Creek and East Fork Bear Creek meet and headed down the hill. From the moment I entered the Canyon until I exited I was amazed at the scenery, could not have picked a better time to see this canyon. There was a slight drizzle for most of this hike and the water was down about a foot from earlier in the morning. There was a game trail on the west side of the creek and for most of the hike I followed this trail just behind an elk, never saw the elk but the tracks couldn't be too old or the light rain would of altered them. Eventually the elk headed up the side of the hill (or crossed over). Probably knew what I would find out soon that the canyon narrows and west side passage along the stream was not doable. I continued down stream until walking along the west side of the stream became too difficult and required climbing up the west slope to avoid obstructions. Crossing the stream was possible due to some logs crossing over or you could wade across but I did not feel like getting wet (it was in the low 50s in the morning).

Overall a great time to do this hike. Will definitely be back in this canyon when the water is a bit lower or do small sections like this if the water is high. Sometimes you make plans but life happens and the new plans turn out to be blessings. I saw lots of mushrooms during the two days I was up here but I usually leave them alone because I don't know much about them (not sure which one make you taller or which ones make you small, I do know the ones that mother gave me do nothing at all). On my return walk along FSR 95 I meet a couple that were collecting mushrooms and he gave me a little lesson on them. I still just leave them alone, sometimes a little knowledge is dangerous. I wonder if any of them will cure my knee?
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