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Little Bear Trail #112Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2020
azbackpackr
Hiking8.76 Miles 1,246 AEG
Hiking8.76 Miles   5 Hrs   37 Mns   2.41 mph
1,246 ft AEG   1 Hour   59 Mns Break
 
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Little Bear is my new favorite trail in this area. Great views, incredible variety of plants in the Shultz Fire burn area (10 years ago this month), plus there's some old growth forest along the route at at the top of the trail. It's not super crowded early on a Saturday. I saw one trail runner on my way up. I started about 6 a.m. I parked as close to the junction of Little Bear and Little Elden as I could, on Shultz Pass Road, and bushwhacked through the woods to get to the trail. I didn't want to bother with the Little Elden Trail, as I had hiked along it the day before.

On the way down, hours later, I saw 3 mountain bikers and two gorgeous Arabian horses with their riders. All were super polite and friendly. The mountain bikers saw the horses before I did, and alerted me and another cyclist, and we all got off the trail to let them by. So, everything was working the way it is supposed to, as far as who is yielding to whom.

Lots of flowers, and developing berries, such as serviceberry, Blueberry Elder, and blackberries.

Once I was up on the Sunset Trail there were a lot of mountain bikers. I had thought I might hike up to the top of the ridge to the junction with the Heart Trail, but will save that for another day, preferably a weekday. Again, the mountain bikers were very polite and friendly, but you do have to watch for them bombing downhill, and coming around blind corners, and it takes a bit of the peacefulness out of the hike, for me. I do feel they have a right to be there. I myself would be doing that kind of riding if I were capable. (I just do easier rides.) But I am also glad there are trails where they aren't allowed, such as in national parks.

Anyway, I really like Little Bear Trail. 5 stars!
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