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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2019
BiFrost
Hiking11.91 Miles 3,345 AEG
Hiking11.91 Miles   6 Hrs   50 Mns   1.95 mph
3,345 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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We wanted to hike in some snow so we headed up to Bear Jaw-Abineau Loop. Of course, there was plenty of snow and we packed the micro spikes and gators. At the parking lot there were about a dozen skiers heading up Abineau who planned on skiing the bowl above Waterline Trail. We went up Abineau first and started seeing deep snow about 1.5 miles up trail. Fortunately, it was packed down and still a bit frozen in the morning so very little post holing. Once we got to the Waterline Trail junction we could see the skiers up the hill above tree line. There was a distinct snow switchback trail they were using to hike up the hill.

After watching the skiers for a few minutes we ventured down Waterline Trail. On Waterline there were some pretty substantial drifts and we had to traverse a few sections side slopping. After about a mile the drifts were less frequent and by the time we reached Bear Jaw junction there was mostly patches of snow remaining. We continued down Waterline for another couple miles to check out the trail and snow conditions…mostly clear except on the shaded turns. Eventually we headed back to Bear Jaw junction and exit back to the trail head. A lot less snow on Bear Jaw but still nice…the real winner was the weather. Perfect sunny day, with low wind, and about 45 to 50 degrees :D
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