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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2008
hippiepunkpirate
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,115 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   1.79 mph
2,115 ft AEG
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The dilemma this morning was whether to hike Abineau/Bear Jaw, Kendrick, or O'Leary. I decided that since I was down in the valley for a few days I should do the easier of the three: Abineau/Bear Jaw. I arrived at the trailhead just behind a baby boomer in an old Toyota. He said the monsoons wouldn't kick in until the afternoon today, which was good news. Even better news was that he wasn't lying. What a sweet hike! I decided to go up Bear Jaw as I hadn't done it before. I was kind of disappointed with the first mile and a half (give the first section a 2) but it more than made up for it later! Upon dropping into Bear Jaw Canyon, the wildflowers came alive but the best was yet to come. After the climb up the other side of Bear Jaw Canyon, I entered the most magnificent stand of Quaking Aspens. I was attempting to make a decent pace in case the monsoons set in, but those aspens stopped me dead in my tracks. I tried to move along but I could only take a few steps before being stricken with awe once more. I wandered off the trail about 50 feet and found a nice boulder to stretch out on. It was one of those moments that defines why I go hiking. I felt at peace with the world and one with nature. I had no worries, just the sensation of nature calming me. If I could remain in that state of being for the rest of my life, I would be in utopia. I finished my deep woods meditation and continued up to the Waterline section and then to Abineau Canyon. Unlike last week, the only threatening clouds to be seen were far in the distance. Took in the scene at the top of Abineau then started the descent. After take a couple spills and of few other near-spills, I decided that up Abineau and down Bear Jaw is the way to go!
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