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Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ
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Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ 
Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ
Hiking16.70 Miles 2,976 AEG
Hiking16.70 Miles   7 Hrs   33 Mns   2.46 mph
2,976 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
1st trip
We got off to a good start when Bruce spotted a narrow parking spot just feet from the trailhead. A huge score with those Eagle eyes, as the the 100 car limit was easily exceeded. The locals were out in spectacular numbers today.

Bruce and Joe planned a hike to summit Rees and Abineau from Inner Basin, while I hiked out to the end of the Waterline Road and back. I had it in my mind that I would give the summits a try, but that was wishful thinking that was immediately nixed when we reached the turnoff to head up to Rees. Too steep and too many downed trees. What was I thinking. :lol:

Turns out Joe and Bruce didn't want any part of it either (too much downfall even for them). Abineau and Bear Jaw was mentioned and quickly affirmed by all. It would be more miles, less AEG, but on good trails throughout. Best of all, I was able to hang with the boys for the duration.

We saw (in total) several hundred people in the first couple of miles with scores of pooches tagging along. Not nearly as many on Abineau - Bear Jaw, but that loop was also quite popular on the day. The quest for everyone was, of course, the fall colors. While the best color was on the Waterline Road, those that stayed close to the trailhead seemed delighted based on the number of selfies and photo shots we observed. The best color, however, was clearly on the long road walk. Absolutely delightful. We took a lot of photos.

The thing that stood out most on the day, for me anyway, was the number of people wearing masks, especially in the 20 to 40 age group. We each took a guess at the number, which ranged from a third to over half. By the time we finished, we agreed that half was probably a good estimate. I began to wonder if local laws required masks at all times, even while hiking, or if it was in response to our President getting infected. Either way, I've rarely seen people wearing masks on the trail so I was taken aback by the numbers.

Anyway, the objective was to see fall colors and I was most satisfied by what we saw. We debated whether it was prime or still a week away. Based on the number of leaves falling, I wouldn't wait a week.

Awesome hike. Thank you @The_Eagle and @joebartels for inviting me along! It was a great day.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Gold on the south slopes as you leave the TH. Not quite prime as you ascend the switchbacks through the aspens, although leaves covered the trail and were falling as we walked through. Very nice color on the Waterline Road. Not much on Abineau, more on Bear Jaw, but nothing like the Waterline Road.
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