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Jul 29 2020
jillyonanadven
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 Scottsdale
Bear canyon lake, AZ 
Bear canyon lake, AZ
 
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Hiking4.73 Miles 858 AEG
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Mid day start at Bear Canyon Lake. It was a Wednesday, so I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be that busy. However, at the easy access points on both sides of the lake were crowds. Families with kids and coolers, loud partying types and people fishing. I had some solitude while hiking around the lake, but couldn’t get out of the main areas fast enough. It was a pretty lake and a casual saunter type hike.
Jun 09 2020
DixieFlyer
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Bear Canyon Lake from See Canyon, AZ 
Bear Canyon Lake from See Canyon, AZ
 
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Hiking12.80 Miles 2,675 AEG
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I decided to get out of the Valley today and head up to the Rim Country and hike up to Bear Canyon Lake.

It was cool and quite windy at the See Canyon TH at the start of this hike, and it stayed that way all the way up to Bear Canyon Lake. We had the lake all to ourselves, so we hung out there for a while.

On the way back we went up to See Spring, and took a break there. It was VERY pleasant sitting around the spring area.

It was in the low 70's when we got back to the TH, which is a very nice June day in Arizona.

There was more deadfall on the trail than there has been in the past, so hopefully there will be some trail maintenance done sometime this summer.
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Bear Canyon Lake See Spring
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There was not much in the wildflower department -- orange western wallflower and yellow columbine were noteworthy, along with a few indian paintbrush.

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The lake is full right now

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I had to use stepping stones to keep my feet dry in 2-3 creek crossings. I almost called this "medium flow".

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Apr 16 2020
LJW
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Promontory Butte - Bear Canyon Lake Loop, AZ 
Promontory Butte - Bear Canyon Lake Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking27.56 Miles 4,800 AEG
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I did this loop in August last year without Bear Canyon Lake and thought it would make a nice addition during the cooler months. A friend and I took the loop clockwise starting around 6:30am at the Derrick trailhead.

Horton Creek was in great shape, thanks in part to a biker we met who kept stopping to toss rocks off the side of the trail. Shady in the early morning and over quickly. Stopped at the spring before heading up Highline. Strong flow of water in the creek and from the spring.

Up and down on Highline to Promontory, and it was pretty easy going. Highline was probably the best maintained trail on the day. Promontory on the other hand was slippery with pine needles and loose rock. Took a while to make it up the steep climb to top of the rim where we took a short break before heading across the rim to Promontory Butte's highpoint.

Hung out at the high point for a while before heading through the forest to FR76 and taking that to FR300. 76 is closed to motorized traffic, so we didn't see anyone on Promontory Butte. I thought 300 was still closed and there wouldn't be any traffic around the lake, but I guess it opened in the week before. Saw our second group of people car camped where 300 meets 76.

Went straight across 300 into Bear Canyon and followed the water down. The hike in Bear Canyon was probably my favorite part of the trip, along with the lake itself. Gentle flow of water and the travel was pretty easy with little brush and deadfall to contend with. The canyon widened out as it went down and revealed meadows and clearings that wouldn't be out of place in the White Mountains.

Took the Lake Trail around to the little rocky isthmus on the south shore. Bear Canyon Lake was as full as I've seen it, and the old timers at the lake who were more familiar made similar statements. Most of the people we saw on the day were at the lake. A couple people on floats fishing, and a couple families hanging out fishing around the shore.

From the lake we took the Lake Trail up to FR208 and headed back toward 300. Cut corners through the forest to shorten the trip to See Canyon's upper trailhead. See Canyon has significant deadfall higher up and a little bit farther down the canyon as well. Good flow of water, a little at the top a lot toward the bottom. Saw a few turkeys in See Canyon and one person out taking pictures near the lower th.

Climbed up Highline as the sun was getting low. Flew down the smooth Highline trail to Derrick where the tread is rough higher up but not so bad farther down. Saw a half dozen elk near the bottom of Derrick as the sun started to set. Made it back before dark having only seen two hikers/bikers the whole trip.

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Aug 31 2019
Oregon_Hiker
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Bear Canyon Loop - Mogollon Rim, AZ 
Bear Canyon Loop - Mogollon Rim, AZ
 
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Oregon_Hiker
Hiking4.70 Miles 507 AEG
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This hike follows the bottom of Bear Canyon from the dam downstream for about 2 miles then loops back on an unnumbered Forest road along the east side of the canyon to return to my camp near the dam. Note that there is more than one Bear Canyon on the Mogollon Rim - this is the one with the lake. The stream below the dam had water in it for about a mile. There wasn't water flowing from the dam outlet so this was probably just underground seepage from the lake. There didn't appear to be any massive rock formations and cliffs along the canyon walls like in many of the Mogollon Rim Canyons. Then I took a closer look through the thick forest on the canyon sides and noticed that they were there, just hidden by the trees. The bottom of the canyon had few obstructions that couldn't be easily bypassed on the elk trails. So this was not a challenging hike but notable for the heavily forested canyon sides and lush vegetation along the creek banks.
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Aug 30 2019
Oregon_Hiker
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Bear Canyon Lake Alternate Loop, AZ 
Bear Canyon Lake Alternate Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking4.20 Miles 406 AEG
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This hike started from the FR208 Trailhead at the south end of Bear Canyon Lake and followed the Bear Canyon Lake trail north around the west side of the lake but used a forest road as an alternate return route going around the east side of the lake on the return. I wanted to check out car camping sites along this road which does not have a Forest Road number on the HAZ FS2016 map. According to the Apache Sitgreaves NF website, motor vehicles may only use roads that have numbers posted. However I would find during the several days I stayed in this area that this "rule" is ignored, not enforced or maybe has a special variance in the area around Bear Canyon Lake.

The hike started with views of early morning fog rising off the surface of the lake and the sunlight just starting to light up the trees along the shoreline. This was the forth time I'd been to the shoreline around the south end of the lake in the last four days but I just never got tired of its scenic beauty. After crossing the dam at the north end of the lake I hiked up the hillside to the road I would be taking on the return route. This road leads from the closed dam access road to FR84. There were a number of camp sites along this road which is approved for dispersed camping up to 300 feet off the road. Only three of the campsites were occupied. After noting that they all seemed to be quiet campers and seeing the availability of several campsites, I picked up my pace for the return to my camp so I could pack up and move to one of these sites. The hike along the road was not as scenic as the rough trail along the east shore of the lake but enabled a faster hiking pace. The off-trail shortcut from the road back down to the south end of the lake where I was camped required some careful switch backing down a steep hillside taking advantage of animal trails. Back at the end of FR208 I noted that even more people had showed up in the short time I had been gone and all the campsites were occupied. Note to self: Never go camping anywhere near a lake in AZ on a weekend and especially not on a three day holiday.
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Aug 29 2019
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Upper Bear Canyon Lake Meander, AZ 
Upper Bear Canyon Lake Meander, AZ
 
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This was a short day hike out of my camp off of FR208 at the south end of Bear Canyon Lake. I crossed the road from camp and headed west in to the forest where I came upon a long abandoned logging road that followed the top of the ridge above upper Bear Canyon. This old road made a great hiking trail through the forest going southwest paralleling FR208 towards the Rim Road. The elk had been using it as a highway and one of the critters ran ahead of me down the old road before disappearing into thick timber.

As the abandoned road neared the Rim Road I made a loop out of the hike by returning towards the lake along the bottom of the upper end of Bear Canyon. The bottom of the canyon had a few dead falls which required finding a bypass but elk trails led the way making it easy. At the lake I stopped to chat with an elderly couple (my generation) fishing off the point that juts out into the south end of the lake - a very scenic spot to enjoy the view while waiting for the fish to bite. The wife had caught 3 trout which she had on a stringer in the water at the edge of the lake. She had to constantly move the fish to keep them away from a large crawdad. Then a small snake came swimming along and for some odd reason decided to bite and hold on to the tail of one of the fish while the lady tried to shake him off. I had the telephoto lens on my camera so got some close up shots of the action. I could have hung out for a while with these folks to swap old fishing stories but it started to rain so we headed up the trail towards our camps near the FR208 trailhead.

When I started the hike that morning the cluster of dispersed camp sites around the end of FR208 were all vacant. I was surprised to see that a small city of tents, travel trailers and even one tepee had materialized in the 4 hours I was gone. A large group had arrived and one of the fellows gleefully told me there would be at least 20 more people joining them later in the day. They even had brought their own portable outhouse (a good thing). Back in camp I was entertained by the constant din of 3 dirt bikes brainlessly zooming back and forth on FR208 past my campsite while the powerful stereo in their camp pounded out a heavy base beat to unintelligible musical vocals. It was Thursday. I couldn't imagine what this place was going to be like by the weekend. I ended up moving to a less busy location at the north end of the lake after returning from a morning hike the next day.
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Bear Canyon Lake Trail #112Payson, AZ
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The plan was to camp with my daughter and her family at Bear Canyon Lake over the Labor Day Weekend. I drove up the Monday before the weekend to find a suitable campsite for her family with their huge family tent. After checking a bunch of likely sites and moving camp once, I finally picked a somewhat secluded well shaded spot off of FR208 only a half mile walk from the south end of the lake. There was no one else in any of the numerous dispersed camping sites on FR208 but I had some trepidation about the prospect of the holiday weekend hordes descending on this beautiful area. Much of Tuesday was spent cleaning up all the garbage left in and around camp by previous occupants. Signs posted on the road warned that bears were active in the area. No wonder, people had been burying their garbage in plastic bags instead of packing it out. Some didn't even bother to bury it. The bears were digging it up. By the end of the week after walking through many vacant dispersed campsites and hiking the trail around the lake I came to the conclusion that the preferred beer of litter bugs is Bud Lite in blue cans.

Wednesday I took the day off from campground litter cleanup and hiked the trail that loops around the shore of the lake. The south end of the lake where I started is the most scenic with meadows down to the water's edge and Aspens lining the shore in a cove where the upper Bear Canyon drainage enters the lake. I only encountered 6 other people on the entire trail, all were fishing. Several were having success catching planted rainbows about 8 to 10 inches long. It was a pleasant hike with great views of this scenic lake and I enjoyed some conversation with the fishermen. The trail along the west side is fairly well defined and easy to follow with blue diamond shaped markers on trees showing the way. On the east side there are no blue markers and the trail at best is just a faint path hugging the shore and worn into the steep hillside by fishermen and elk. Some moderate scrambling over rock outcroppings and traversing steep slopes is required. Approaching the south end of the lake the trail becomes more well defined as it passes around a drainage entering the lake from the east. A dead elk was bloated and floating in the drainage and as I feared, when passing down wind the stench was horrific. Despite the stinky ending the hike was a pleasant scenic respite from the overheated valley desert but best done during the week to avoid the weekend hordes.
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Aug 10 2019
DixieFlyer
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Bear Canyon Lake, AZ 
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DixieFlyer
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I was looking for a nice hike in some cooler weather, and decided to head up to Bear Canyon Lake. We started and ended the hike at the See Canyon TH. Once at the Rim Road, we took an off trail shortcut to get to FR 208, and took that to the Bear Canyon Lake Trail, which leads down to the lake.

There was a healthy volume of water in the lake, and there were very few people there. This is a very pretty lake imho, and it is something of an undiscovered gem.

On the way back we took a short trip up to See Spring.

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Jun 30 2019
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See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ 
See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ
 
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking18.20 Miles 2,945 AEG
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john and i drove up to camp saturday night near see canyon trailhead
after dinner at the thai restaurant in payson, found a campsite and we both tested out some new gear
nice night with good star viewing and low temps in the 60s - very pleasant
coffee and breakfast while packing up
got going around 0630 up see canyon, with a detour to see spring
i had downloaded two of @dixieflyer's routes, one an out n back to bear canyon lake, and the other for the see canyon - drew loop
we got to the lake and had a snack
had previously kayaked and hiked here with my friend from nebraska, and wanted to see the south access
a scenic destination and a nice spot for a break
went back to rim road and decided to finish the hike with the drew loop option
should have been about 16 miles total, and would have been had i switched routes i was following
took a combination of general crook trail, some logging roads and aspen trail over to carr trailhead, overshooting drew trail and adding probably two miles to the hike
there are several tracks posted showing a much more efficient way to the drew trailhead
on the plus side, aspen trail is very pretty
we also saw about 20 elk crossing in front of us on one of the logging roads
backtracked and headed down drew, which offers some nice views
returned on highline - this section was new to me
a nice combo, which could certainly be done better
we had lunch at the thai place again on the way home
fun weekend! thanks for the camping idea, john and sorry about that extra couple miles :lol:
think i owe you a beer for that
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Jun 30 2019
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See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ 
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Nice hike up to the rim and Bear Canyon Lake from See Canyon with Kelly. Strawberries are at peak on The See Canyon Trail.The lake is very scenic. Not at all crowded for a June weekend. Aspen Trail is pretty.
The Hike down Drew and along the Highline back to the car was shorter than expected which is always a pleasant surprise at the end of a solid hike. It got warm the last third of the hike but never uncomfortable. Saw a herd of about 20 elk.
Good times. Thanks Kelly! :)
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Jun 21 2019
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Bear Canyon Lake, AZ 
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Hiking4.01 Miles 633 AEG
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Had my childhood friends from Chicago in town and took them camping up on the rim. Found a nice spot and managed to avoid the crowds that seem to overrun the area on weekends. For our hike we just dropped into one of the canyons that drains into Bear Canyon Lake and followed it all the way to the lake. The canyon bottom was easy going with all the game trails. Was some deadfall to deal with though. Was mostly dry but definitely some stretches that probably hold pools year round. Very pretty. My friends commented how it felt like the Pacific Northwest. Couldn’t believe we were in Arizona. Took a nice lunch break at the lake and mostly followed forest roads on the way back. Had a good time with old friends, and enjoyed the amazing temps before coming back to the oven.

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Oct 20 2018
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See Bear Beaver Rattlesnake, AZ 
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Hiking18.12 Miles 3,152 AEG
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The goal was to see some color and explore off trail near See Spring and up canyon to the rim. We headed up Christopher Creek from See Canyon Trailhead. About ¾ mile up canyon we split off and headed for the See Spring area checking out the source. From there Bruce had the plan to continue up canyon above the spring and off trail to the rim. It was rough in spots with two waterfalls to bypass but definitely scenic and eventually we made it to the rim.

Once on the rim we headed towards Bear Canyon Lake with pass by the Butler Bennet Place which you can see clearly on satellite. Eventually we made it to Bear Canyon Lake and had some lunch in a nice spot overlooking the lake.

After lunch we followed some old tracks over to Beaver Canyon and hiked upstream. Beaver Canyon was surprisingly scenic and with the recent rains it had significant water. I think everyone really enjoyed this section and easy hiking even though it was technically off trail.

Near the top of the canyon it started to get brushy so we climbed up on Rattlesnake Ridge to get back to the rim. Also had to hike about ¾ mile of FR 300 where it connects up with See Canyon Trail. From the rim and See Canyon Trail we followed that all the way back to the trailhead. However, on the way down we did see some good stretches of color especially on the upper section. Lower down it’s still a week or two from peak. Great hike with little bit of everything on variety of terrain!

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Significant flow from recent rains.

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Tons of water in the spring area.
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Oct 20 2018
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See Bear Beaver Rattlesnake, AZ 
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Wanted to do some more peepin. See Canyon and See Spring Canyon seemed like they should be prime. I also had a few things I wanted to check out up on top of the rim, so I put this loop together.

I was surprised at the lack of people at the See canyon TH when we started. Nice crisp fall morning to start off.

Up See Canyon Trail #184 we decided to go up See Spring Trail #185 and the canyon, to get 'er done before the forecasted rain. The trees for the most part, were in the early to mid stages of change. We'd bushwhacked down this canyon before and knew it'd be slow going. Snow melt and recent rains had the water running in most sections of the canyon.

This made what was a 15-20' dry fall we'd climbed down before, a no go. We opt'ed for a slow going high/right bypass.

Once up top, I'd been wanting to check out a couple things I'd seen on the Topo maps.

First, Rancho Alegro (Site). I could find nothing online, so boots on the ground it would have to be. Strike out, we saw nothing of importance in the area.

Bennet Butler on the Topo maps was nearby and next up. There were numerous buildings in a clearing and once again, I could find nothing online. This ended up being someones slice of heaven in the middle of Sitgreaves National Forest. What a nice layout and piece of piece of property. I'm guessing family owned before Sitgreaves became a National Forest.

Next off to Bear Canyon Lake where we had lunch. kinda quiet at the lake, which was nice. This was the only time it actually got a bit chilly.

We made our way over to the picturesque Beaver Canyon. Running water, open meadows and Elk jumping across streams, pretty sweet.

We followed a side canyon next to Rattlesnake ridge, until it got choked up a bit too much and jumped up on Rattlesnake Ridge. Spotty color kept us interested.

Dropping down See Canyon we enjoyed the best colors of the day towards the top. This canyon should be good for color for the next couple of weeks.

It's been almost 3 years since I hiked w/ 9L, good to hike with him again. Always good to hike with Cacklin' Karl and Joe Joe the wonder chimp.


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Aspens were looking good, maples were starting, but still early. They were best in upper See Canyon.

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This tank is on Private Property, but there is flow from the canyon, to the private property that was available.

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Flow by Beaver Canyon, pools high up the canyon

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Lot of water flowing in the spring area and in springs above.
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May 12 2018
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See Canyon to Bear Canyon Lake, AZ 
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I did this hike a few weeks ago, and decided to escape the hot weather in the Valley and do the hike again. The weather was perfect for the hike, although it was a bit cool and windy at Bear Canyon Lake.

When we got to the Rim Road, we crossed the road and made a short cross-country jaunt to hit FR208. Shortly after crossing the Rim Road we came upon a porcupine, which was the first one of them that I had ever seen. The porcupine scurried along the ground, and then climbed up a tree.

On the way back we went up the See Spring trail to the spring. This spring wasn't as nice as Horton Spring, but it was very nice and peaceful up there.
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This is an enjoyable out-and-back hike from the See Canyon TH to the southern shores of Bear Canyon Like.

We took the See Canyon Trail #184 for 4 miles until we came to the George Crook Trail #140. Then we took a short cross country jaunt until we hit Forest Service Road #208 (you could have taken a right on the General Crook Trail and then turned left once you got to FR 208, but this is a shorter and more direct route). We continued on FR 208 until we got to the Two-0-Eight TH. From there we went a short distance on Bear Canyon Lake Trail #112 until we got to Bear Canyon Lake.

The See Canyon Trail #184 was generally well-maintained, although it got a bit steep after 2 1/2 miles or so. I thought that Bear Canyon Lake was really pretty, and there was a good bit of snow still on the ground there.
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chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
See Snow Bear, AZ 
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chumley
Snowshoeing12.93 Miles 2,468 AEG
Snowshoeing12.93 Miles   6 Hrs   29 Mns   2.18 mph
2,468 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Bear Canyon Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
Appears to be about 4 feet below full pool

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max See Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
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 Phoenix, AZ
See Bear Beaver Loop, AZ 
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Hiking17.77 Miles 3,435 AEG
Hiking17.77 Miles   9 Hrs   6 Mns   2.16 mph
3,435 ft AEG      52 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Headed up to See Spring first. Little to no color, maybe in a week.

Midway up See Canyon is currently the best display of foliage color. Colour in the upper stretch too.

Headed up to Bear Canyon Lake. I love this little lake. As mentioned in the description there is no maintained trail on the east. The footing was too slippery in pine needles slanting to the lake to be safe for my current balance. We just went up to the first road. Campers galore along the road and with good reason as it's a great forest area.

Over the dam and onto the designated trail. Immediately knew parking was near based on all the non hikers fishing and roaming.

We looped over to Beaver Canyon for a bit then out a tributary. Our canyon getting to Beaver showed a red carpet of Autumn past. Beaver was scenic. The tributary we took out wasn't exciting and thankfully Bruce agreed to climb out.

Back down See Canyon was a good color show. Fab Autumn temps all day. 1.7 liters water/gatorade was plenty in the fanny pack. Beginning to wonder if half the Camelbak water is for the back sweat it creates!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Midway up See Canyon. Lower See has not turned yet, maybe next week. Above the rim on our loop was over for maples, just scattered Aspen looking mighty yella
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See Bear Beaver, AZ 
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Hiking18.37 Miles 3,502 AEG
Hiking18.37 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.17 mph
3,502 ft AEG      40 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
Three goals on the day.

Color, I wanted to see the autumnal pallet.
Bear Canyon Lake, never been, wanted to see it.
Search a Beaver side canyon for color

See Spring Trail - The color is starting. The next two weeks should be prime.

See Canyon Trail - light to moderate until you hit the half way point. The trees are in their prime all the way to the top from here.

At the top, we saw our first evidence of the logging/thinning going on up here.

We took FR208 to the south TH of Bear Canyon Lake and dropped to the lake.
We decided to do a CCW track around the east side, following use trails. The trail got a bit thin and the side hill slope got a bit bothersome after a while, and Billy Goat Joe just needed to go uphill. We skedaddled up to the nearest FR and made our way to the dam.

Plenty of campers on this road, as this is the easiest access to the lake. The road takes you right to the dam.

I was hoping to see some fall color around the lake, but saw nothing but conifers. This is a scenic lake that I'll need to come back to.

We headed westish out of the lake to sample some Beaver Canyon. Spotty color, with the majority of it on the ground on the way there. It's easy going in Beaver Canyon. I'm curious how it got its name.

From here we headed over to a side canyon north of Rattlesnake Ridge looking for color. After striking out for 3/4 of a mile. Joey Goat felt the need to climb out.

We TH'ered the Forest Roads back to See Canyon, to enjoy the colors back down to the truck.

Absolutely perfect temps all day long.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Light, lower on See Canyon Trail.
Substantial, starting half way up.
Spotty, on top of the rim.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Bear Canyon Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Nappa Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Plenty of water all around this area

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 See Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Ole reliable
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Bear Canyon Lake Trail #112Payson, AZ
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Hiking7.00 Miles 300 AEG
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Had a friend break both his feet 9 months ago and he was finally able to get out again so we spent the weekend riding and hiking on the rim. Didnt start out too good as I got stuck in a 2 1/2 hours traffic delay due to fire on side of the 87. Saturday, the dog and us hiked from our camp northwest of the powerlines and made our way cross country down to the lake. Not too much of a nature stroll, as the entire place up there was absolutely packed. I mean camps on camps on camps, kids riding ATVs all over with no helmets on, trash everywhere.. I have never seen anything like it. Camping on the rim on a holiday weekend - Check.. The path was easy to follow as it went up and down up and down about 5 feet at a time all the way around. Once we got further to the east side of the lake, the people thinned out a bit and we found a small beach area to hang out on a while. The water felt great to swim in after the short hike and there was plenty of entertainment with the all the kayakers and wannabe paddle boarders out there. Its all about that TECHNIQUE!
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Bear Canyon Lake Trail #112Payson, AZ
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Hiking3.84 Miles 365 AEG
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The kids & I camped up near Promontory Butte last night, and decided to do one easy hike before we headed back to Phoenix this afternoon. It was a quick drive over to Bear Canyon Lake (always one of their favorites) and we decided to do the full loop around the lake. In the past, we'd always stayed along the northwestern shore of the lake, so this was their first time seeing the rest of the lake.

We started a little before 8:30 and did the loop counterclockwise. It was pretty quiet when we started, but was fairly busy by the time we finished around noon. Most of the trail is easy, but there are some spots that required care with small kids. My kids preferred the south end of the lake, which was great with me since there are always less people down there.

The only negative for the day was a group of fishermen on the east side of the lake who had a nuisance dog with them. I could hear the dog when we first started, and you could hear it almost nonstop anywhere you were on the northern half of the lake. I was hoping they would be gone by the time we reached that side of the lake, but no such luck. I like dogs, but if a dog requires a heavy chain as a leash, and two men holding it back anytime someone approached, then maybe that dog shouldn't be out in public. It scared my kids to death, my son wouldn't even walk past it, I had to carry him until they were out of sight.

Other than that, it was a fun little hike with the kids, and they slept the entire way back to Phoenix.
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