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Aug 10 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bear Canyon Lake, AZ 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking12.80 Miles 2,556 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   2.83 mph
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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
trekkin_gecko
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See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ 
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking18.20 Miles 2,945 AEG
Hiking18.20 Miles   7 Hrs   3 Mns   2.73 mph
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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
johnlp
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See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ 
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Hiking18.20 Miles 2,945 AEG
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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
kelly14
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Bear Canyon Lake, AZ 
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
The_Eagle
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The_Eagle
Hiking17.77 Miles 3,069 AEG
Hiking17.77 Miles   9 Hrs   18 Mns   2.12 mph
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1st trip
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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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Aspens were looking good, maples were starting, but still early. They were best in upper See Canyon.

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Beaver Canyon - Upper Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bennett Butler Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
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
DixieFlyer
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See Canyon to Bear Canyon Lake, AZ 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking12.70 Miles 3,000 AEG
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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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DixieFlyer
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DixieFlyer
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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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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
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Despite the latest storm being a dud, I decided to take advantage of the cold weather and spend the day outside. I don't think the temps got over 25. :y:

Not much more than a dusting at the trailhead increased steadily to about 4" of new snow above 7k. At about 7500 feet, the previous snowpack required me to switch to snowshoes.

I had followed the tracks of a pair of coyotes that had followed the trail for 3 miles. They were absolutely spot on the route-finding, which otherwise would have featured a few hiccups in the snow. But they didn't cut switchbacks and even went under/over/through deadfall sections to stay on the trail. It was actually a bit impressive to follow their tracks for such a long stretch.

Once on the rim, I headed over to Forest Road 208 for the additional 2 miles to the lake. This was a challenging stretch because the existing snowpack had developed a thin crust and with each step I partially broke through the crusty layer under the new snow. Needless to say, breaking the trail through that was exhausting. (Snowshoeing should count for double miles!)

The reward was the lake, which was much fuller than Knoll, only about 4 feet low. I'd guess there's enough snowpack on the ground right now to fill it.

On the return trip, I stopped by the Promontory Lookout Tower and the Promontory Snotel remote weather site. A quick section on the Crook trail brought me back to See and a much quicker downhill than the morning climb!

This was a good new winter destination. :)

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Appears to be about 4 feet below full pool

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joebartels
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See Bear Beaver Loop, AZ 
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joebartels
Hiking17.77 Miles 3,435 AEG
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1st trip
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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The_Eagle
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See Bear Beaver, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking18.37 Miles 3,502 AEG
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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.

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Plenty of water all around this area

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Ole reliable
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Bear Canyon Lake Trail #112Payson, AZ
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survivordude
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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Oct 22 2016
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LindaAnn
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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Bear Canyon Camping, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jun 28 2015
Stoic
Hiking6.36 Miles 1,118 AEG
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I went up to Bear Canyon lake to camp with some friends and family. I came up Saturday Night and stayed until Monday afternoon. The weather was perfect even with the rain. Sunday morning I took the dogs on a hike from the campsite to the lake and back. The hike was mostly off trail. The family wasn't feeling to well, so they ended up leaving a little earlier than expected. After they left, I explored some of the 4x4 trails north of the lake. I then headed to the lake to hike trail #112. It was a nice trail around the lake. Since Bear Canyon doesnt have a boat ramp, I headed to Woods Canyon lake. It was my first time Kayaking. I really enjoyed it. With my family gone, I had to solo a two person kayak. Miss Ellie did well for her first being on a kayak. Another monsoon storm was coming, so I headed to the next campsite. The rain and thunder was more intense then the night before. I had to turn on the radio to relax Miss Ellie.
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Hiking3.94 Miles 283 AEG
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after kayaking bear canyon lake, decided to check out the trail on the west side
headed to the south end to have lunch in a scenic rock outcropping on a short peninsula
fun trail with great views all along
got to see plenty of aspen again, too
returned the same way, although it is possible to go all the way around the lake
went all the way to the dam, then went up a different trailhead access and back on the roads
getting dark as we finished
enjoyed the day at the lake
on the drive out, saw a spectacular sunset
couldn't get the full effect in the trees, but it was an awesome finish to the day
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Aug 24 2014
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Perfect day - We carried the kayaks 0.2 miles down the trail to the waters edge where we launched the paddle portion of our day. Paddled across the lake to the peninsula, hiked up the trail on the back side of the lake, then enjoyed lunch and relaxation before returning the same way.
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1st Full Day on the Rim last Weekend...

I have never seen this Lake so it was Time...I knew it was Hikeable all the way around, so I did it...

Nice little Lake with some great Views and besides the Lake, the Blooms, Butterflies, and Teenage Birds ruled the Day... :)

Got back to Camp in time to watch a little Monsoon Action off the Rim and then retreated under the Tarp when the Hail started...Typical Monsoon Pattern today and it was over fairly quickly...It needed some Rain, it was still really dry in this area...The Flowers, although Blooming, were kind of stressed looking...

Good Day up in the Pines and it sure beat the Temps down in Phoenix...
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Bear Canyon Dam Bear Canyon Lake
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bear Canyon Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
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Jul 20 2014
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Bear Canyon Lake Trail #112Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking4.00 Miles 440 AEG
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A nice first visit to Bear Canyon Lake and a counter clockwise loop hike around it. To my great surprise, I saw quite a few Corkbark Firs (Abies lasiocarpa v. arizonica) along the south shore of the lake. I had no idea there were any on the Rim at all. The day was warm and the water looked inviting, so I leapt from a rock into the lake. The lake was a perfect temperature and felt wonderful. After my loop hike I headed east and north to check out the Telephone Ridge Trail and Chevelon Canyon.
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Jun 28 2014
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Bear Canyon Lake Trail #112Payson, AZ
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Hiking28.70 Miles 1,843 AEG
Hiking28.70 Miles   10 Hrs   46 Mns   3.33 mph
1,843 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break
 
Mike and I started at the Rim top TH and went to Bear Canyon Lake and returned. We had an extra long lunch at the lake.
The temps were on the cool side and only once or twice did it feel hot.

The area is really dry. The grass is browning out.
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Jun 07 2014
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Bear Canyon Lake / 260 Trail-head loop, AZ 
Bear Canyon Lake / 260 Trail-head loop, AZ
 
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Hiking34.84 Miles 3,542 AEG
Hiking34.84 Miles   12 Hrs   35 Mns   3.01 mph
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This is a figure 8 loop with the 260 TH, Bear Canyon Lake and the Carr Lake trails.

I started out at the 260 TH and there a group of hikers going up the Military Sinkhole.

The route I took was:
Highline
Drew Canyon
Aspen
Boulder Hop
Aspen
Carr Lake
- jump across to -
General Crook
FR208 - to rim
FR208 - to Bear Canyon Lake
Bear Canyon Lake trail
FR84
FR300 (bushwhacked away from the road)
Carr Lake
Aspen
General Crook
Meadow
- jump across to -
Rim Vista
Military Sink hole

It was a typical hike except for two things.

When I was going towards the rim (on FR208) I smelled a camp fire [-X . I came across a family hiking the other direction and they showed me a fire that they put out. They ground around a small pine tree was scored! The ground was still smoldering. They told me that a there was a some people camping in that spot the night before. The family was heading out to the Woods Canyon store to report the fire. I continued to the rim and upon my return, There was 3 forest service fire trucks dousing the area. One of the rangers questioned me. I told them what I knew and the ranger though it was a carless cigarette thrown out into the woods.


Driving through Payson , I pulled into a parking lot to grab a Mountain Dew. Suddenly two huge Elks were walking down the Beeline :o ! A pickup truck (with no doors) chased the Elk down a side street. The pickup had a retro 70's police siren. One Elk came back and stood still about 30 feet from the Jeep. The pickup came back and chased it down the side street. It was too dark for a picture.

The hike was fun. The temps were on the cool for the entire hike. Once the sun dropped, it got cold. I almost put a jacket on, but I held out until the descent down the rim. Then the temps got better.
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