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Abineau - Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2020
joebartels
Hiking7.72 Miles 2,005 AEG
Hiking7.72 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   1.96 mph
2,005 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
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The final 0.5-mi road(FR9123J) had some rocks that might cut tender tires depending on luck & driver. That said, the trailhead was loaded with small-medium clearance SUVs.

Had this one planned, but it was reassuring @Ashleyannmarie posted a triplog with details about minimal and negotiable snow. Tackled Bear Jaw first for a change.

Warmer than anticipated to start. Semi busy TH to 2.55-miles. Friendly banter by all with the exception of a high school-aged couple which I'm sure translated me as older than dead. Comfortably cooler passing the first aspens. Heading up through soft needle pines was dandy.

On the Waterline Road approaching Abineau, a series of snowdrifts were on the mountainside. Not in the way and likely gone in days.

I passed two guys with an unleashed dog that was mildly concerning. Staying calm, and saying hello worked per usual.

The upper Abineau junction is still a worthy pause to admire Humphreys. Passed a few solo hikers heading down Abineau. Lower Bear Jaw was by far the highest concentration of hikers. With a packed parking lot, guess I started just as the final morning crowd returned.

Minus mid-to-lower Abineau, great cell coverage in great temps. You know the important things! It was a gusty afternoon but only heard the wind through the Pines and Aspens. Which was forecasted and why I choose this wind-block hike second after a warmer forecast at O'Leary.

There were three stretches of snow in upper Abineau no worse than 100 ft. Probably gone in a week. Under half a doz easy to negotiate trees over the trail.

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Bear Jaw is a nice hike. Abineau is the show.
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