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Aug 10 2019
LindaAnn
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking10.13 Miles 4,007 AEG
Hiking10.13 Miles   8 Hrs   12 Mns   1.47 mph
4,007 ft AEG   1 Hour   18 Mns Break
 
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Headed up Bear Jaw, starting just before 8:30am. Easy hike up to Waterline. Quick break at Waterline, then began the offtrail up to Rees. Lots of deadfall to navigate around for the first half mile or so. As the deadfall lessened, the incline got steeper. The rain from the prior night made for pleasantly soft ground, which minimized most slipping. Took a short break at the summit of Rees, then headed over to Abineau. I forgot how steep this part is. The fun of climbing through the rocks, and the scramble to the top of Abineau lessens the pain. Had lunch atop Abineau and enjoyed the views. Headed north off Abineau, past the crash site, and got back down to Waterline. By this point, Daniela was not feeling great, so it was slower walk than expected the last four miles to the trailhead. Easy walking along Waterline, and I noticed that some areas along the top half of Abineau Trail have been rerouted slightly sometime in the past two years. Nothing significant, but just enough to make me look around and notice the trail was a little different. Got back to the trailhead a little after 4:30. Fun hike, and amazingly perfect weather all day.

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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Naferg323
Hiking7.62 Miles 2,001 AEG
Hiking7.62 Miles   5 Hrs   24 Mns   1.57 mph
2,001 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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Great little adventure up North to get away from the heat for a day. There was still plenty of snow on the peaks and on the slopes of the Abineau Trail. Perfect weather and not very crowded at all. Only saw a few nice people and four-legged friends. We celebrated a friends birthday at the high-point of the trail, while taking in the views of Humphreys right above us. This was a great back-country hike with lots of pines and great views!
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking7.93 Miles 2,017 AEG
Hiking7.93 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   2.42 mph
2,017 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
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This loops is a real gem in my opinion. I would honestly put it up there with some of the better hikes in Arizona and in terms of the Kachina Wilderness, its somewhat off the radar reputation and lack of crowds, probably makes it one of the better hiking options on the Peaks as well.

Gorgeous hiking conditions all day and big clouds. I don't know if it is the elevation, but the initial climb always hits me a little on this one, but other than that and the steep descent, you can't beat the trail conditions on this loop. Its a shame that we are in full fire ban mode, before the aspens have even gotten their leaves, but alas I feel this will be the new norm for us in AZ and the entire southwest. But hey let's keep rolling back those environmental regs and ignoring science in the name of corporate interests and profits, no since trying to slow it down, we will all be dead before it matters anyways. It was nice to get a hike knocked out in this area before the first dry lightning strike turns the Peaks and the surrounding forest into matchsticks.

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Oct 07 2017
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Bear Jaw Rees Abineau loop, AZ 
Bear Jaw Rees Abineau loop, AZ
 
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chumley
Backpack10.68 Miles 4,290 AEG
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Matt and I headed up to retry our trip from last year that got interrupted with thunder and snow.

The aspens were a patchwork of perfect and absolutely gone with not much in between. I'd guess that there was a freeze early in the turning cycle and those leaves that had begun were stripped bare in subsequent wind storms. Those that hadn't begun before the freeze were in their prime colors.

The lower portion of Bear Jaw was ok, but once getting above Bear Jaw Canyon and all along the Wateline, it was mostly bare. We headed up to Rees, and I got a reminder of how steep this one gets. The weather was calm and perfect as we dropped down to the saddle to set up camp. A few side trips for evening sunset, moonrise an hour later, and sunrise the next morning completed the photoshoot before packing up camp and heading down via a new route (to me) staying just to the west of the bottom of Rees Canyon. I liked this route!

Once back on the Waterline we headed uphill to Abineau where I checked to see if the Abineau Spring Box was open so I could preemptively answer DA3's near-certain question about it: no.

The top of Abineau always sucks, but the bottom part was the gem. Still plenty of aspen in full color as well as a yellow brick road of litter along the trail. It was nice to see outdoorlover as well, who was on her way up.

On the drive out I took the west loop around the peaks wondering if the colors there had suffered the same freeze, and they had. There were pockets of perfection, but still quite a bit of drab bare trunks. Still one of my favorites, and a great night along the crown!
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A freeze and high winds over the past couple of weeks have left a lot of the aspen bare. If they hadn't started their turn before the freeze they were in prime color, especially on the lower Abineau trail.

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Oct 07 2017
MountainMatt
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Reesy and Abby, AZ 
Reesy and Abby, AZ
 
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MountainMatt
Backpack10.57 Miles 4,207 AEG
Backpack10.57 Miles   23 Hrs   15 Mns   0.45 mph
4,207 ft AEG55 LBS Pack
 
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It was great to finally make this one happen considering last years change of plans due to an unexpected storm.
This year the weather was fantastic and Chumley and I both ascended the mountain in shorts and t-shirts under endless sunshine which was a stark contrast from this same weekend last year.

I was feeling every ounce of my 55 lbs pack during the hearty ascent up Rees but with some sweat and grit the summit was made.
After a quick break we headed down to the saddle and then up the very steep ridge to Abineau which looks much worse than it actually was.
The feeling of satisfaction being atop the long sought after high-point was most definitely worth the effort and I truly agree of it boasting one of the best viewpoints along the crown.
I could easily see all three of my doney park childhood homes from up there, The Grand Canyon, Kendrick Peak and so many other landmarks in between, visibility was great on Saturday.

Sunset ended up being much better than expected and was surprisingly calm which was short lived because the rest of the night all the way through the morning was a complete windy mess.
Shortly after the sunset we were spoiled with a very unique moonrise that illuminated the night sky and made for some interesting photo opportunities.

I was plenty warm throughout the night but the wind never let up and at times and the sheer roar and noise of the wind was keeping me up.
It was tough getting out of the warm bivy for sunrise but there is truly something speical about witnessing the rising sun from high up in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness which was more than enough motivation to get up.

The descent down was a nice route making travel fairly quick and easy, I was in autopilot for the rest of the hike and just enjoyed the trail travel as we wrapped up the trip.
Nice to run into my old high school teachers on the trail and also meeting Outdoor Lover for the first time.
Colors could have been a little better but all in all it was a very satisfying and enjoyable overnighter.
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Still great color but a recent cold front and high winds took made for a lot of grey.

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Jul 15 2017
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Abineau Bear Jaw Loop with some offtrail, AZ 
Abineau Bear Jaw Loop with some offtrail, AZ
 
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LindaAnn
Hiking10.41 Miles 4,237 AEG
Hiking10.41 Miles   7 Hrs   29 Mns   1.73 mph
4,237 ft AEG   1 Hour   27 Mns Break
 
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Originally, @MountainMatt had set this hike up and issued the invites. He ended up with a scheduling conflict, but since I already had the day free, I decided to go ahead with the hike anyway. We got to the trailhead at 5:30 and headed up Bear Jaw trail. We took a quick break when we reached Waterline, then headed up the ridge towards Rees. The off trail up to Rees was steep, but easier than I expected it to be, and we were able to follow game trails most of the way. We took a snack break on Rees, then headed over to Abineau. It was a steep descent down Rees, but the route up to Abineau was probably my favorite section of the day. The views from Abineau were great, and there was still not a cloud in the sky. We headed north off Abineau for our descent, which was easy at first. Shortly after passing the crash site, we inadvertently veered too far to the east and steeply down towards Bear Jaw Canyon. By the time we realized our error, we were far enough down to where it made more sense to just continue down the canyon to reconnect with Waterline. Once back at Waterline, even though we were not far from the top of Bear Jaw trail, we decided to head west and descend Abineau trail. We took another break at the junction with Abineau, then headed down back to the trailhead. Pretty much the only people we saw all day were along Abineau trail. Wildlife sightings were minimal--some deer, and an elk, not much else. We had some cloud cover at times for the last few miles, but nothing remotely resembling forming thunderstorms. Great day for this hike with perfect weather.
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Jul 08 2017
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San Francisco Peaks Loop, AZ 
San Francisco Peaks Loop, AZ
 
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arizona_water
Hiking13.76 Miles 4,917 AEG
Hiking13.76 Miles   8 Hrs   49 Mns   1.68 mph
4,917 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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Started hiking at 6a.m.
We summited Rees, Abineau and Humphreys; then descended on the Weatherford Trail to the Inner Basin. Lightning and thunder started right on the dot at 1pm. We had to hunker down under a rock outcropping on the upper Weatherford for a few minutes while the down strikes finished up their business and it was safe to proceed. The storm brought with it a violent hail barrage. This also passed quickly, leaving us with perfect weather to enjoy an early afternoon stroll through the inner basin.

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Steady trickle and flow through the drainage below the spring. (see photo)
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Jun 26 2017
MountainMatt
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Abineau Trail #127Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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MountainMatt
Hiking5.27 Miles 1,891 AEG
Hiking5.27 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   2.45 mph
1,891 ft AEG      44 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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2nd time up Abineau in two consecutive evenings.
As said by previous Hazzers the top of the trail is certainly the best part of the whole trip!
A lone solitary deer was foraging high up on the slopes of Humphreys near 11,000 ft and reminded of the same scenario Joel and I had during our memorable trip to the cirque.
Since I stayed up top until sunset the remainder of the hike was done at night and in complete darkness since the majority of the trail winds through a very dense tree canopy that lets little to no light shine through.

Another fine summer evening in Northern Arizona!
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Jun 25 2017
MountainMatt
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Abineau Trail #127Flagstaff, AZ
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MountainMatt
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.31 mph
1,020 ft AEG      4 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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Finished up eating dinner with the family and was originally going to hangout, drink beer and take sunset photos around the White Horse Hills but I really felt like hiking something and regardless of it being 7pm up the mountain I went!
After a day of steady precipitation the dense forest had some serious Pac NW vibes going on and I was in hog heaven not to mention sweating like one due to the steady climb and high humidity.

Ended up getting one particular photo I was very happy with and finished the hike in the dark spooking somewhere around 5 or 6 deer on the way down.
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Jun 24 2017
friendofThunde
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking7.80 Miles 2,130 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.09 mph
2,130 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
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A final hike with the pups and Jackie before I make what is becoming my annual summer exodus from Arizona. A fair amount of hikers out, but nothing overwhelming. The trails in the loop were all in pretty good shape, with only a little deadfall to contend with on Bear Jaw. The highlight of this loop is still the top of Abineau in my opinion, a great little area. We did some further exploring around here and took an extended break to allow the pups to play in the snow. We ran into a guy taking a break in the same area, he recognized the dogs and had been following our hikes for a few years on HAZ, so we chatted it up some there and then again at the trailhead. A good final hike with the pups, I am going to miss them, Montana bound first thing tomorrow morning.

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Sep 30 2016
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
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JasonCleghorn
Hiking7.95 Miles 2,028 AEG
Hiking7.95 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   2.91 mph
2,028 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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Would I do this hike again? Every day? Yes.

This is simply probably my favorite hike that I have done in Arizona. It's close with the Kachina Trail but this trail is a bit more difficult and more sustained climbing.

My trip got off to an inauspicious start as I realized I had forgotten my hat. I haven't hiked without a hat or something on my head in a VERY long time. I was bummed but it turned out OK.

FR 151 and FR 418 are actually pretty good roads. My SUV made it just fine and even I didn't worry... :y:

When I got to the Trailhead it was 37 degrees. When I arrived home it was 97 degrees. Yikes.

Back to the hike... I chose to go up Bear Jaw first and then to descend Abineau. Although I say that I wouldn't have wanted to ascend Abineau, next time I might do it just for the challenge as it is MUCH steeper.

I marveled at the views along the higher parts of the trail and the aspens are not at peak but probably middle peak, maybe. I saw one hunter and there was one other vehicle at the TH which I believe may have been a fellow HAZ'er Preston Mc.

I got back to the TH, took my pants off, switched to shorts and readied for my next adventure about 2 miles down the road...
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Sep 10 2016
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Nightstalker
Hiking8.28 Miles 1,917 AEG
Hiking8.28 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   2.50 mph
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Beautiful day for a hike in Flagstaff! Went up Abineau and down Bear Jaw. Aspens had some color.

Came in from 180, on the northern 151 route. FS151 and 418 are in good shape with just pot holes here and there. FS9123J is rough, but I would say passable in a car, rain ruts in the parking area would be the biggest obstacle, but you can drive in and out without having to cross them.
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Aspens were starting to turn yellow.
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Abineau PeakFlagstaff, AZ
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Hiking13.04 Miles 4,511 AEG
Hiking13.04 Miles   7 Hrs   29 Mns   2.13 mph
4,511 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
 
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Given that I love to peak bag and have previously knocked off three of the five San Francisco Peaks that don’t require a permit, it’s safe to say that the remaining two [Abineau and Rees] have been on the top of my Flagstaff area priority list. And when I checked the weather and saw there was not a drop of rain or storms in the forecast, I didn’t delay in knocking these peaks off the bucketlist.

Since part of my extended weekend was originally going to be spent with other hiking buds, I hadn’t drawn up routes in my normal, detailed fashion. Kudos to Jim_H, chumley, and BobP for posting their routes for these peaks, which came in extremely handy when some last minute mishaps left me with a full day of hiking to fill on Saturday. It was so nice to have some quality routes to choose from. I opted for the one Jim_H took for three reasons: a) slightly longer traverse on the San Francisco Peak Ridgeline compared to chumleys; b) launch point in more of an ideal location for the type of loop I wanted to do compared to BobP’s; and c) the appeal of the beginning part of Jim_H’s triplog “I wouldn't recommend my route”… go figure that made me want to do it all the more. :D

Aside from the physical exertion of logging just over 13 miles and just under 4,400’ AEG, I found the technical aspects [dodging brush, dealing with loose footing, etc.] to range from easy to moderate, relative to what I’m accustomed to. There were a handful of spots that were slightly challenging/slightly difficult, but this was strictly due to still not having recovered in full from the equilibrium issues. During the bushwhack portions, there were a few spots where I went my own way over following the exact tracks of Jim_H, but this is typically my style when bushwhacking, [i.e. whether following someone else’s route or one I’ve drawn for myself, I typically use it as a general guide instead of trying to stay on the exact track].

Just like other portions of / peaks along the San Francisco Ridgeline that I’ve traversed previously, the views from Abineau and Rees and the other Ridgeline portions of this adventure did not disappoint; and the views from Abineau Canyon were pretty amazing as well. I definitely could have spent more time enjoying Abineau Peak, but there were 4-5 bees buzzing around on the summit upon my arrival, and I definitely did not want to overstay my welcome. Thus, after quickly signing the register, snapping a few photos, and pausing to take in some of the views, I got the hell out of Dodge and continued on to Rees.
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Jul 24 2016
LindaAnn
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking7.38 Miles 1,962 AEG
Hiking7.38 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   2.50 mph
1,962 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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My original plan for today was to camp overnight near the trailhead, then hike Humphreys from the Inner Basin. Yesterday afternoon, there was a 20% chance of storms for today. I found a nice place to park, had dinner, watched a great sunset, then lightning show, and even did some stargazing after the storm passed--lots of my favorite things all rolled into one evening!

When I checked the weather at 3:30 this morning, the storm chance was up to 60% by 10:00am. Hmmmm, I wasn't really thrilled about that. Rather than risk it (especially since I'll be back here in Sept), I decided to switch to something less exposed. So I got one more hour of sleep, then headed over to the trailhead for Bear Jaw/Abineau. I got started a little before 6:00 am, and decided to head up Bear Jaw, as it seemed to be a more gradual climb. I huffed and puffed my way up the trail--which had great scenery--and got to Waterline in about 80 minutes. Waterline, obviously, was very easy, and I made great time on that.

Heading down Abineau was definitely my favorite part of the loop. The best scenery/vegetation of the day, and the views to the north, and even towards Humphreys, were great. The top 1/2 mile of Abineau is quite steep, I skidded on rocks a few times, and was grateful to have poles with me. The trail got a little better after that, and I enjoyed the rest of the descent. I'm not sure if I would prefer hiking up or down Abineau. Only saw three people today--all on Abineau. Once back to the car, I had a snack, then made the drive back to Phx. Both directions, I took Hwy 87/Lake Mary Rd/Hwy 89 as part of my continued dislike of I-17.
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Tough_Boots
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,115 AEG
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I was going to go to the Parson's Trail with Lily and a friend today. Chumley said something the other night about how hot it would probably be. I can't possibly listen to ALL of Chumley's opinions so I didn't check the weather until last night-- holy crap... its was gonna be hot. Last minute I decided to go check out this loop. Its been on my to-do list for a while. This is a great loop. There were plenty of hikers but no so many that it was not enjoyable. If fact, we started a little late and seemed to be doing to loop the opposite way of most people so we pretty much passed everyone as they were coming down. Everyone was really friendly and Lily met lots of friendly dogs. We got a little nice chilly rain on the way down. This is a great little loop!
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Abineau Trail #127Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking2.35 Miles 1,790 AEG
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A friend and I hiked up the Abineau Trail to Waterline and back. There were patches of snow within a half mile of the trailhead and there was progressively more snow from there on. There was at least one avalanche this last winter that reached at least down to the fist crossing of the 2005 avalanche path. I think there is still 5 to 8 feet of snow in the gully above that in places. It is solid in most places. We did make a few postholes near the edge. It was slow going for us because of the snow and we were both recovering from colds.
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Sep 09 2015
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Abineau and Rees Peaks from Abineau Canyon, AZ 
Abineau and Rees Peaks from Abineau Canyon, AZ
 
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Jim_H
Hiking10.50 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   1.35 mph
4,200 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
 
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For something different and new I opted to try the north side of the Peaks, since I have visited it only once before. I wouldn't recommend my route, but you got to try something, sometimes.

Up Abineau Canyon, hiked a small section of the Waterline RD, then directly up a steep and rocky slope with abundant (ouch!) low hanging branches( without any fruit) to a nice broad ridge that led to peak 11783. Headed briefly towards Humphrey thinking I could tag that, but I was already tired and I guess I am not good off trail at altitude the way I was in the past, so I turned back towards the original plan of Abineau Peak. There were dark clouds over Humphrey and rain showers to the west, so it was fine by me. I had nice views to the north and east, which was what I wanted, anyway.

Over the ridge to grandma's house on Abineau Peak for a nice summit at 11,838 and great views to the north and east. Calm, and mild while there and signing the little peak registry, but cold out flow descended from the west and I layered up to head to Reese. Going down the loose slope towards Reese was a challenge, but after tagging Reese it seemed like cake compared to the horrible landmine strewn slope that I went down. Nearly the same route as Todd in June, except in reverse. Not only was there abundant debris, but I ended up catching on a branch and falling in to a rock slamming my upper tibia into a rock. It hurt, but I managed to stave off death in the wilds of the Peaks before continuing down. At least I didn't fall on the steep rocky slope I ascended!

I took the Waterline Road back to Abineau Canyon as I must have come on to the road just west of the Bear Jaw Trail, which would have been a nice change of scenery and cut some AEG and miles out. I spotted a bear near the bottom. It was so quiet, I heard it snort, and turned back to see it running away.

The knee seemed OK until back in Flag when the swelling set in. Basically, I won't be hitting Bear Mountain today.

I used some existing GPS routes and added in some off trail remotely created tracks. I believe this to be accurate, as I probably cut out some AEG and miles as I had few data points. Not 100% sure, but I think rounding down to 4200' and bumping the miles to 10.5 is close to what I really did.
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Jun 26 2015
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2015
John9L
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,115 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
2,115 ft AEG
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After our Red Mountain hike, I dropped Claire off at the Nordic Center for an event she was attending. I decided to head over to check out this loop. I arrived at the trailhead right around 4pm. I was a little concerned about having enough day light for this so I really pushed myself up the Abineau Trail. The going starts out relatively easy but is challenging as the trail gains elevation. This trail keeps climbing and climbing and I hit some snow just below the intersection with the road portion of the hike. This section takes a pounding during the winter.

Once on the road I cruised toward the Bear Jaw portion. I stopped for a quick snack about halfway down the road. From there I hit the Bear Jaw Trail and cruised down and returned to the jeep. It turned out I had plenty of day light to complete this loop. This was a really enjoyable hike with some nice views along the way.
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Jul 19 2014
Nightstalker
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 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2014
Nightstalker
Hiking8.67 Miles 2,047 AEG
Hiking8.67 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   2.27 mph
2,047 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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My buddy Dan suggested doing this loop out of Flagstaff today, and I was all like OK, let's do it!!! 10 miles or so of varying good/bad dirt jeep road to the trailhead. More cars than I was expecting to see there, but didn't run into all that many people on the trail. According to the trail register, it appeared to be quite a number of parties on the trail today. Dan and I went up Abineau and the down Bear Jaw. Great trail, great scenery!! Rain started to fall just as we were returning to the jeep.

After the hike we stopped in at REI Flagstaff so I could check out their supply of Goretex jackets. As I walked in the front door, one of the lenses dropped out of my glasses, and I had to spend the remainder of my visit with one hand over the lense free eye so that I could see out of the other. I must have been quite the unique customer for the day. Interestingly enough, they only had one Goretex jacket, in my size (L), in stock! What the heck?? Isn't Gore right there in Flagstaff?? Doesn't it rain like every day on the San Francisco Peaks? So, I didn't buy a jacket :(

And! As we drove through Flagstaff, we hit every single red light. And And! We got stuck at the light waiting for not one, but two trains to go by! I swear, it must have taken us 30 minutes to go 4 miles. AAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!! Sorry, I was really hungry!
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Jul 10 2014
hippiepunkpira
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 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Abineau Trail #127Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2014
hippiepunkpirate
Hiking5.60 Miles 2,725 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles
2,725 ft AEG
 
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Morning hike with Brittain. We were originally supposed to do the loop, but when we got to the top of Abineau, we decided to scramble up the avalanche chute above. We got up to about 11,200' (1000' above the end of Abineau Trail), when we decided we didn't have time to go any farther. The views of the cones to the north are excellent from way up in the chute. Going down was a pain on the loose scree. Wish we would've had more time and an earlier start because I really would've liked to scramble all the way up to the Humphreys summit. Once back down to the trail, we didn't have time to complete the loop so we headed back down Abineau. It was a great hike, but even more so enjoyed great conversation the whole time with my pal Brittain.
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Columbine and such down low, Parry's Primrose and such up high. If you want to see the primrose, you have to scramble up the chute above the trail.
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