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Bear Canyon Upper Loop, AZ
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Bear Canyon Upper Loop, AZ 
Bear Canyon Upper Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2020
markthurman53
Hiking8.09 Miles 614 AEG
Hiking8.09 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.19 mph
614 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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I have been wanting to finish up the upper Bear and East Bear Canyons on the Mogollon Rim after doing the middle section last year. I started out on the Rim Road heading down canyon to the junction of East Bear Canyon, then up East Bear back to the Rim Road. I then headed along the General Crook Trail back to where I started.

Bear Canyon starts out as a nondescript rocky stream that requires a bit of route finding but before long the creek bed widens and the walking becomes easier. Once the stream bed widens there is a sort of trail most of the rest of the way to the entrance of East Bear Canyon. I believe this trail is maintained by the elk with a little maintaining by human use. This is a beautiful canyon missed by many of the hoards of people driving along the rim Road. I suppose this is a good thing. The rains have not really hit this area yet although it is obvious it has rained. The creek was not running like it was last year when I was here. There was water flowing in Bear canyon from about a half mile above the entrance of East Bear Canyon.

East Bear Canyon was dry with the exception of a few pools. This canyon is not as wide as Bear Canyon and the walking a little less easy but there was the occasional Elk Trail that aided. When there was no trail the creek bed was the best route. Unlike the head waters of Bear Canyon that was a little harder to navigate, East bear has a very gentle slope up to the Rim Road.

I took the General Crook Trail back to the start point. This trail has been recently worked on so it was like walking on a super highway.
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