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Apr 22 2018
MountainMatt
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27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Bear Canyon (Middle) - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2018
MountainMatt
Hiking8.59 Miles 902 AEG
Hiking8.59 Miles   4 Hrs   14 Mns   2.28 mph
902 ft AEG      28 Mns Break60 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Sunday funday at its best, not sure what it is but these mellow high country rim canyons just soothe the soul.
The abundance of water, wildlife and cooler weather is just a plus!

Started near the head of East BC and casually made my way downstream and just before I made it to where Buford and I dropped in last Sunday I came across yet another surprise find!

I made it to the confluence and headed down BC with of course no other human in sight, spooked two young bulls already growing their antlers back that were getting a drink and came across numerous big ol’ fresh piles of bear scat dropped earlier that morning.

After a few more miles of more of the same I decided to bounce out of the canyon up a doable but nearly vertical cliff route up.
Grabbed a good hiking stick and began the quick but hearty 200ft ascent and on the way up I couldn’t believe what I found!

It was another Deadhead!
This time I’m certain it was a lion kill because of the crunched nose, upside body and obsure cliff side location.

Made my way back to the 7400’ level and walked through the woods until I hit the barren FR 139 and looped back to my truck.

Great afternoon in the woods!
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Bear Canyon

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3/4 of a mile from the headwaters, clear flowing water is found and continues intermittently to the confluence with the BC mainstem.
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Apr 15 2018
MountainMatt
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27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Bear Canyon (Upper) - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2018
MountainMatt
Hiking8.21 Miles 832 AEG
Hiking8.21 Miles   7 Hrs   36 Mns   1.66 mph
832 ft AEG   2 Hrs   39 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
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I knew it would be "early" by seasonal standards to visit this area but I didn't care much about that and just wanted a nice mellow hike with water, cooler temps and lots of wildlife.
Met up with Buford on the Rim and headed up to our non traditional entry point into the canyons because I had scavenger hunt goals I wanted to accomplish.

An abundance of water, pleasant benches and well used game trails made for a very enjoyable day.
We scouted out some photo opportunities, had a nice lunch and then rested up while waiting for the sun to set.

Made a direct and steep 10 minute 300ft+ climb straight out the canyon just before complete darkness that worked out perfectly, from there it was a little road walking to the truck and a great day in the woods came to an end.


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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bear Canyon Creek - Mogollon Medium flow Medium flow

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Aug 31 2015
AZWanderingBea
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63 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Bear Canyon Upper - East Bear Canyon LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2015
AZWanderingBear
Hiking4.83 Miles 721 AEG
Hiking4.83 Miles   4 Hrs      1.61 mph
721 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
1st trip
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Day 2 of my 4-day camp above Bear Canyon.

Dropped down into East Bear Canyon from my camp up on FR 300G via a steep drainage. Lots of water at the bottom. Slowly worked north to the confluence with Bear Canyon. Foraged along the way on the last of the season's wild raspberries. Also sampled some salad greens growing in abundance (common plantain and dandelion).

The confluence with Bear Canyon has a very large pool. Just north of the confluence I found a huge dead pine along the eastern slope that groaned with each gust of wind. The roots of this ancient giant grew straight out of a sandstone wall. The roots had split the rock. That is gonna be some kind of a crash when this thing comes down.

Back tracked south and took an unnamed drainage that would lead me back fairly close to my camp. Quarter mile in or so I got cliffed out by a 30 foot waterfall. Took a sketchy route along the western slope instead of surrendering. Found a matched elk shed in the drainage. It was several years old and partially deteriorated, but the upper third of one was still solid and will make some nice handles on some future craft projects. Scared up two elk, a cow and yearling, about 500 feet from my camp.

I do love the Rim!

Link to the camp trip report: http://hikearizona.com...
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 300G Tank Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
90% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 East Bear Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
Plenty of water to filter. Large pools and good flow.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max East Bear Canyon Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Lots of water

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 East Bear Canyon Tank Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
90% full
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Jul 09 2015
Tough_Boots
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40 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Bear Canyon Loop, AZ 
Bear Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2015
Tough_Boots
Hiking13.70 Miles 1,969 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles
1,969 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Good hike with Lily and The Eagle. We parked on 95 at the intersection with a road that only exists on the map and as a sign. The signed but non-existent road took us on a bushwack down into Bear Canyon. Bear is probably more scenic, larger, and contains more water than Dane and Barbershop Canyons but is also is little slower to get through. With that said, we only had one major bypass to avoid a swimmer. We took Bear north to where 95 crosses and then over to Pinchot.

Soon after reaching 95, it began to rain. It was no big deal and perfect timing. We were able to take lunch at Pinchot Cabin sheltered under the overhang and wait for the rain to end. The rain ended and we were in and out of blue skies for the rest of the day. We then headed south on Houston Brothers until just before the Barbershop intersection. Here there lies another road that only exists on maps that takes you down to the canyon. We found a good route and bushwacked back down into East Bear Canyon.

We then took the canyon the 2.5 miles north back into Bear Canyon proper and bushwacked back up to my truck. This was a good day and we got to see a lot of Bear Canyon.
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Sep 26 2014
Grasshopper
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
FR300G-9737y TH Start: UprBearCyn- EBer Loop, AZ 
FR300G-9737y TH Start: UprBearCyn- EBer Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2014
Grasshopper
Hiking5.50 Miles 668 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   1.17 mph
668 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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A modified hiking route of the "Bear Canyon Upper - East Bear Canyon Loop" hike description.
(Please see geocoded picset with captions, tag notes, and posted GPS Route for this hike details)
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East Bear Canyon
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Jul 02 2014
kingsnake
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Bear Canyon Upper - East Bear Canyon LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2014
kingsnake
Hiking6.58 Miles 562 AEG
Hiking6.58 Miles   3 Hrs   6 Mns   2.12 mph
562 ft AEG
 
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FERN-O-RAMA

Another last minute throw together. Wanted to do something in Prescott, but with the rodeo there and me *hating* crowds :x -- and traffic :doh: -- I figured Payson area would be better. I started with Grasshopper's recommended route, but adapted it to travel the entire length of both East Bear Canyon, plus the entire length of the return canyon. (Travelling counter-clockwise.)

With 110° predicted for the Valley, and 95° for Payson, I figured maybe 90° for a high on the Rim. It was 75° when I started at 8:30 a.m. and 90° when I finished at 12:45 p.m.

Other than the highly civilized bit between AZ 260 and Woods Canyon Lake, I had never been on Rim Rd. When I crossed it a few times during last week's Railroad Tunnel hike, it did not seem bad at all. However, the first four miles east of AZ 87 were very bumpy, while the next miles to the battle memorial were bumpy low in corners. The last couple miles to FR 300G were fine. All along the 15 miles it was maybe 1.5 lanes wide at best. It took me about 40 minutes to drive from AZ 87 to FR 300G. I would not drive a car on it.

After parking, I walked down to "Dude Lake", which was a dry tank. I then started down the head of East Bear Canyon. It was narrow, with larger boulders, but smooth sailing. When I got to a small meadow, I picked up an animal trail. Tons of Elk poo and prints from that point to the turn-around.

East Bear Canyon was easy travelling. 3-5' above the water channel, on one or both banks, there was a 10-25 yard wide shelf, so the plentiful deadfall was easily avoided. No pricklers to speak of. Lots of greenery, particularly ferns, but few flowers. LOTS OF BUTTERFLIES. :) I was suprised to bump into a VV88 sign, and .15 miles further on, a VV89 sign, as I thought they were Crook Trail markers, and Crook Trail is a mile southwest (according to the always fallible topo). :-k

The fall, just up the return canyon from the turn-around, was dry. I bypassed it to the right. As the return canyon was rather narrow, and heavily obstructed, I stuck to a contour about 30 feet above the canyon bottom for the first mile. A small bug joined me for lunch opposite Grasshopper's canyon exit. Probably 50% of my energy expenditure was in that first mile, but after that the canyon started getting wider and less brushy. Smooth sailing, especially through a half-mile long fern patch. (Where the creek bottom was sandy.) The final mile was on FR 300G.

Finally, my crappy Garmin 62S lied, telling me I had hiked 1.13 miles further (7.71) than MapDex calculated after I uploaded my track. That's a healthy 15% error. :roll:

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Video: https://www.youtube.com/v/NnuB-Zc0vlk?mo ... autoplay=1 (BobP approved length ;) , w/t some different photos)
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Dude Lake Mogollon Rim
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Wildflowers Observation None
Very few flowers, but lots of greenery, especially ferns and those plants that look like corn leaves.

dry Dude Lake Dry Dry
Small muddy patch, but that's it. Otherwise bone dry.

dry East Bear Canyon Creek Dry Dry
Some small pools. No surface flow.
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Oct 20 2012
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Houston Brothers Trail #171Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2012
chumley
Hiking5.27 Miles 981 AEG
Hiking5.27 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.18 mph
981 ft AEG
 
The portion of the Houston Brothers trail between FR300 to where it crosses FR139A is a hidden gem of autumn color. It dips into the upper portion of numerous drainages, each one with more big tooth maples, aspens, and oaks than the one before it. It is a 5-star trail for fall foliage!

I was a little late this year, and the peak of the maples has passed. There was still some left, but most of the maple leaves had already fallen, making a colorful carpet on the forest floor. The aspens are near their peak, and there was still abundant color. A persistent breeze created a wonderful effect of leaves "raining" on me all day!

I started at the Barbershop trailhead on FR139 and headed down into the eastern portion of Upper Bear Canyon, a beautiful off-trail meander. I hiked downstream a couple of miles to where the west leg of Upper Bear Canyon meets the eastern leg I was in. From there I hiked straight up hill and took the 139A road a short distance to the Houston Brothers junction. From there it was a couple of spectacular miles back to my truck.
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Sep 27 2012
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56 female
 Joined Aug 19 2011
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bear Canyon Upper - East Bear Canyon LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2012
outdoor_lover
Hiking5.12 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking5.12 Miles   5 Hrs      1.28 mph
750 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
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And Hank leads another Winner! : app : We were hoping to get lucky and find some Fall Color down in this Canyon on this Trip and we were not disappointed. :y:

After waking up to the Bugling Elk, we set off in the Grasshopper for the TH. Got parked and headed down to where we descended down into the Canyon. Much steeper descent than the West Bear Loop I did with Hank earlier this summer. We were almost to the bottom and started seeing RED! And Orange...And Yellow.... :GB:

The Maples were turning alright! Not all of them, there must have been a freak early frost, as some of the Maples were already done, some were at Peak, and alot of them had not even started turning yet. I'm guessing that the Canyon is quite a bit cooler than above, but just hasn't had that "hard" freeze that really sends the signal to the Trees that winter is around the corner.... :)

Let the picture taking commence!!! :sweat: And it did!!! Even without the Maples, it was a beautiful Canyon with a trickling Creek, Mammoth Rocks and today, beautiful Blue Skies. Later in the day, some Dr. I know, must have ordered up some nice Clouds too... :)

It was a perfect day for a stroll down a colorful Canyon. Our pace was slow, full of awe at one of Mother Nature's finest displays...The walking was fairly easy, either through the Creekbed or along a sure-to-find Game Trail alongside....

Arrived at the area where it was time to exit out the Canyon and it was a steep sucker going up too... :sweat: But we made it and walked back down the Forest Road to where the Grasshopper was patiently waiting for us.

Another great day Hank! You sure know how to pick 'em! :FG: Thanks for letting me tag along on this one, looking forward to the next! : app :
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Sep 27 2012
Grasshopper
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bear Canyon Upper - East Bear Canyon LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2012
Grasshopper
Hiking5.10 Miles 739 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   1.53 mph
739 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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Early Autumn :FG: Big Tooth Maple bliss on our Mogollon Rim :GB:
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Aug 23 2012
Oregon_Hiker
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73 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Bear Canyon Upper - East Bear Canyon LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2012
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking4.70 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles
750 ft AEG
 
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Grasshopper and I left his camp on FR139C on Thursday morning in his Jeep headed for this hike's starting point on FR300G. I'd had a comfortable night's sleep at his camp occasionally waking up to the sound of heavy monsoon rains beating on the roof of my sleeping quarters in the back of my FJ. Grasshopper didn't have it so good - the fly on his Northface three season tent had sprung some leaks during the night. Grasshopper had plotted a GPS track for the hike using Mapsource and Google Earth. Our course would drop down into East Bear Canyon a short distance from where we parked by a tank about 1 mile off of the Rim Road on FR300G. We parked the Jeep and secured the tarp over its roll bars to keep it dry - it looked to be a rainy day.
We walked a short distance down an unused spur road and reached the edge of the canyon. Grasshopper's choice of an off-trail canyon entry point was steep but easy to negotiate by following an elk trail. The bottom of the canyon was a little closed-in with trees and bushes so we had to walk down the middle of the creek which was mostly dry. There were occasional logs across our path but these were easy to either step over/under or just follow an elk trail around the end.

It was beginning to rain by the time we reached Grasshopper's chosen canyon exit point up a deep draw about 0.5 miles upstream from where the east and west forks of bear canyon meet. I was a little apprehensive about hiking up the bottom of a draw which can be filled with log jams, brush and waterfalls. Once we started up the draw I started looking for an escape route up the canyon side but we were walled in by cliffs. Grasshopper was insistent that going up the draw was the best route so we continued on past the anticipated log jams, brush and a waterfall. The going was a little rough requiring some scrambling on the steep sides of the draw to get around these barriers. We eventually reached the draw exit point on Grasshoppers GPS track and it turned out to be an easy hike up the hill side following elk trails to the end of an unused spur road which led us back to the parked Jeep. Although the rain had ended it was threatening to start again. Neither of us liked the idea of a wet ride back to camp in his open Jeep so we left the tarp on. The only problem was that it completely blocked all views out of the Jeep except for a narrow view through the front windshield. After a couple of blind turns at road intersections we made it back to camp without incident.
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East Bear Canyon
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Aug 23 2012
Grasshopper
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bear Canyon Upper - East Bear Canyon LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2012
Grasshopper
Hiking4.70 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   5 Hrs      1.71 mph
750 ft AEG   2 Hrs   15 Mns Break
 
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I had been looking forward to this first exploratory off-trail Mogollon Rim "East Bear Canyon" hike since my June 23rd visit to confirm the recommended prime Autumn hiking route for the
"Bear Canyon Upper - West Bear Canyon Loop".

It was my hopes that this "East Bear Canyon" would also confirm my suspensions for another good choice for prime Autumn (~mid October) Mogollon Rim hiking..and..it did :DANCE: with continuous stands of Big Tooth Maple and some Aspen.

Now we just need to follow through via Autumn Mogollon Rim visits to this area for some :FG: pics which I'm hoping we can deliver for both hiking sections of "West & East Bear Canyons"..TBD ;)
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