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Abineau - Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking10.07 Miles 4,230 AEG
Hiking10.07 Miles   6 Hrs   37 Mns   1.78 mph
4,230 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
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With a lull in the monsoon and the forecast calling for zero chance of rain on Saturday, Ryan and I decided it would be a great July day for climbing the peaks without fear of storms. I checked the forecast before leaving camp and we set out on the short drive over to the trailhead.

Needless to say, before we reached the waterline road, zero percent was falling from the sky in liquid form. I pulled up the mid-morning discussion and *surprise* -- a plume of moisture had moved farther west than expected. There was even some reasonable cape, which is exactly what I didn't want to hear.

The rain was light and spotty and we hadn't heard a single rumble of thunder, so we continued on, actually appreciating the cloudy skies and cooling drops.

Upon reaching Rees, I pulled out my camera and zoomed in on some of the pipeline burn. I couldn't see into Lockett Meadow but my understanding is that it burned right to the edge. Looking across to Weatherford it was apparent that from where the trail crests the saddle below Doyle and down the ridge from there is severely burned. The ridge below Doyle and down to Shultz is toast. A stretch of the waterline road below the Inner Basin was hit hard. This side of Fremont looked to be minimally hit.

Sprinkles continued but still no sign of storms, so we made the decision to climb further. After a well-deserved beverage break we headed north down the ridge and I found some pieces of plane wreckage that I had missed on previous visits. Upon reaching the road we opted for the uphill route to complete the full loop. We saw 3 people along the road, the only others all day.

We spent some time cleaning up a glass-laden campfire ring built in the middle of the trailhead parking lot before heading out.

It hadn't rained at camp, which was nice since we didn't put rain flys on our tents based on that zero chance forecast when we set out 7 hours earlier. :)
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