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Jul 10 2021
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Abineau and Rees Peaks via A-BJ Loop, AZ 
Abineau and Rees Peaks via A-BJ Loop, AZ
 
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ddgrunning
Hiking10.50 Miles 4,261 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   6 Hrs   58 Mns   1.62 mph
4,261 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
1st trip
My wife wanted to do a fitness test for our upcoming trip to Glacier. The Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop is a little shorter in distance than most of the Glacier hikes we have planned, but it packs about the right amount of elevation gain and at about the right altitude, so we zeroed in on this one.

We were able to drive up Friday night, which allowed us an early start on Saturday morning. Hit the trail about 6:50 a.m. One other car in the parking area.

The only other time I've hiked this one, we took the loop counterclockwise, up Abineau. So, for variety's sake, we headed up Bear Jaw. The trail was gorgeous and having it to ourselves early in the morning, as the sun rose through the aspens, pines, and fir trees, with the birds singing the day into existence, was magical.

Other than a pair of trail runners, who passed us in the opposite direction just as we approached the final climb to the Waterline road, we didn't see a soul to that point.

At the Waterline junction, my wife found a comfortable spot in the shade and settled in to read a book, while I tackled a long-time objective of summitting Rees and Abineau Peaks.

The climb up to Rees from the Waterline Road gains about 1750 feet in 1.2 miles. Definitely gets the heart pumping. There is some deadfall to navigate right out of the gate, but it diminishes further up. The scree field (marked on my route) provided some relief from the deadfall and underbrush, and opened up first views to the north. After that, it was back into the woods (and welcome shade) for the upper half of the summit push.

About a 1/4 mile from the summit, I was near enough to the ridge into Bear Jaw Canyon that I took a quick jaunt to the west to view the canyon and look across and up to my second goal--Abineau Peak.

Shortly after resuming my climb, I topped out on Rees. Coming out of the forested climb and cresting the inner basin caldera, with the 5 other peaks instantaneously popping into view was awesome. :y:

I signed the summit register and settled in for a mid-morning snack at what I believe to be the best lunch spot on the peaks. With a clear sky, no wind, and no other human being in sight, I took in a few calories and caught my breath, while admiring the impressive south-facing perspective across Caldera of Doyle, Fremont, and Agassiz--with the Weatherford trail slicing its way through, and with the Inner Basin pumphouse and "bus stop" almost 2,000 feet below, and with Abineau and Humphreys Peak at my right shoulder, also joining in the view.

Just off the summit to the west, Rees Peak is also home to the coolest-looking tree skeleton in the Peaks. Not sure what kind of tree it is, but its remains are a true work of Mother Nature's art.

After admiring the Rees summit "tree decor," I covered the brief descent on the west side of Rees and then began climbing again up to Abineau. There was a little more "choose-your-adventure" on the route up Abineau, mostly involving which side of the ridge to take when coming up to an obstacle. Mostly, I stayed to the right and that seemed to work well.

Just before the summit, I came to a boulder obstacle. On this one, I banked left which required a little hand-over-hand, Class 3 climbing, but nothing requiring major exposure.

The summit of Abineau is bare at 11,838 ft, allowing impressive 360-degree views, and, with its ability to give Humphreys some perspective (rather than being on top of it), I think Abineau provides the best vantage point to take in all of the peaks in one place.

After drinking my fill of the views, I realized I was a bit behind schedule for reconnecting with my wife, so I decided to see if there was cell reception on the summit. To my relief--but also disappointment--there was. I was able to readjust our meeting time and then started my descent.

On the way down, I visited the B-17 crash site and paid my respects. Crazy that this accident happened only three days after the better-know B-24 crash on Humphreys. Also, while the plane in this one was having a lot of other issues (it was on fire prior to crashing) and may not have survived in any event, the proximity of the crash to the top of the ridgeline suggests that it would have cleared the ridge with only a small amount of additional elevation.

The rest of the descent was uneventful, but seemed to take forever.

I reconnected with my wife on the Waterline Road, where she reported a handful of mountain bikers and a few groups of hikers passing on the loop. By that time, temperatures were rising and the sun was high, making shade along the road a scarce commodity.

Descending Abineau trail through the avalanche zone in the exposed sun cemented my preference for the Bear Jaw trail.

Back at the the trailhead, the temps were plus 90 degrees. Thankfully, a few clouds had developed and provided some protection from the sun as we traversed the last open section before the parking lot. All in all, some great nature therapy for the weekend!

Hit up Freddy's for frozen custard before heading back to the valley. Ended up having to divert through Payson at Camp Verde due to an accident closing down I-17. Poured rain between Pine and Payson. Probably the same storm that pounded the Valley later than evening.
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Oct 08 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Rees Peak from Lockett Meadow, AZ 
Rees Peak from Lockett Meadow, AZ
 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking11.90 Miles 2,812 AEG
Hiking11.90 Miles   6 Hrs   48 Mns   2.28 mph
2,812 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break
 
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This was day 3 of my Tour de Flagstaff, and I really wasn't sure what hike to do but I figured that with all of the color from the aspens that I couldn't go wrong with starting in Lockett Meadow and going up the Inner Basin Trail.

I got to the TH early and only saw one other person on my way up to the Waterline Road. I took a right on the Waterline Road and headed over toward the Bear Jaw Trail. There are lots of nice aspens to be seen from the Waterline Road right now, so this part of the hike was very, very nice. Before I got to the Bear Jaw Trail I decided to go offtrail and go up to Rees Peak. I followed a route that @The_Eagle, @joebartels, and @BiFrost did about 4 years ago. This was a nice route up to Rees -- the grade was relatively modest until I got to about 10,800 feet, at which point it was steeper up to the summit.

There were really nice views from the summit looking down into the Inner Basin. I thought about going over to Abineau, but I didn't have enough lead in my pencil today for that one! So I just reversed course and headed back the way that I came. However, before I got to the Inner Basin Trail, I took the old road back to the TH so as to not have to deal with all the masses of people that were likely on the trail. I am sure that I saw less than 10 people on this hike.

Now is a good time of year to be up there -- the aspens are amAZing!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
Aspen leaves are awesome right now, and they are about as good as it gets. There are still a few green leaves, but there are a few trees with no leaves, and in places the ground covered with yellow leaves.
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Sep 28 2019
DixieFlyer
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Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop plus Rees Peak, AZ 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking10.80 Miles 3,598 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   2.23 mph
3,598 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
 
I enjoy hiking the ABJ loop, and I decided to add an offtrail hike up to Rees Peak.

The hike up to Rees is a toughie -- you go up 1,800 feet in about 1.5 miles.

I really enjoy the view atop Rees -- it offers a great vantage point to look down into the Inner Basin, and you get a good view of the other San Francisco Peaks on the rim of the basin.

Unfortunately I was a few days/weeks early to see the aspen leaves in their fall glory.
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
There were very, very few yellow aspen leaves.
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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
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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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chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Rees Abineau, AZ 
Rees Abineau, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2018
chumley
Hiking9.75 Miles 3,975 AEG
Hiking9.75 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.63 mph
3,975 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Joe backed out at the last minute. ](*,)

So it just ended up being Bob and me for a pretty nice day on the peaks.

I had done Schultz, Doyle, Fremont, Agassiz, and Humphreys already this year, so it was nice to knock these two out too.

I promised crunchy snow not more than 6" deep, so when we were post-holing above the knee, I picked up speed to stay out of earshot. It was breezy on the western aspects, but for the most part a nice day. After taking the Bear Jaw trail to Waterline on the ascent, on our way down we skipped the trail, crossed the road and headed straight down toward the trailhead. Some of the nicest forest was seen in here, though there was one very brief stretch of deadfall hell.

It was great to be up here with the early season snowfall and a really nice weather day in November. No 20s on the way in, but the truck did show 30 a couple of times. I think it was 42 when we started and 53 at the end.

It was good to hike with Bob again and return to some of the old haunts he was among the first on HAZ to do.
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Rees Abineau, AZ 
Rees Abineau, AZ
 
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Hiking9.75 Miles 3,975 AEG
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Two weekends in a row over 5 miles :y: . Rees Peak is a fav of mine the views are Stella(in my best Brando voice). It was either this or a foray into the Mazzies. I was rooting for the Mazzies, but this one didn't disappoint until late in the hike and on the ride home.

Chums started at a brisk pace and I labored with my breathing. Not sure if it was from being out of shape or from the previous night. Maybe both. The beginning is nice and flat and the naked aspens were watching us as we strolled thru the krytonite forest. Not to be confused with the cryptonite coin market. Both of which can be irritating and cause you nausea and headaches. The hike gets fun when you hit the offtrail. Offtrail is my peanutbutter and blackberry jelly sandwich. I love being off the beaten track and taking the express route to the top. Chums lead the way and I labored thru up to 10,500 ft and at that point I knew it was less than a Squaw Peak to the top and celebrated that nonsensical idea.

The top was windy and cold and I was feeling whiney but mostly kept that to myself. I did say " I don't want to slow you down so maybe I'll pass on Abineau". I'm glad I continued in some ways and wish I hadn't in others. The trek down off Rees and up Abineau wasn't too bad and the stella views were what I remembered. The route off Abineau was pretty awesome and all I had to do was follow footsteps. Single ski tracks or footsteps or snowshoe tracks are awesome in snow. Headaches and nausea took its toll and the end of the hike had somewhat of a suck factor as did the ride home. I like red wine and drink cabernet. Cab is the the abbreviation and Chums had a bottle of it on top of Abineau. I accidentally hit it with a rock and it imploded. Fun hike with Norge
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Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop plus Rees Peak, AZ 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking11.00 Miles 3,700 AEG
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I took a small group of hikers to do the Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop, and I managed to persuade to take an off trail side trip up to Rees Peak. The trek up to Rees was the best part of the hike imho.

We did the loop clockwise, and once we got to the Bear Jaw Trail-Waterline Road junction we went uphill to Rees. The climb up is a bit steep, but it is not too bad. At the lower part there are some downed trees that you have to get around or over, but it is not too bad. As you gain some elevation the downed trees are a thing of the past, and the route is more straightforward. Shortly after beginning the climb there is what looks like the remnants of an avalanche -- I went to the west of this so as not to have to deal with the rocks.

There were some nice views at the top -- aspen leaves were in their autumn splendor, so there were lots of pockets of yellow looking down toward the Inner Basin and down below Fremont.

We all signed the summit log book, and when I opened the book I saw that Chumley and Mountain Matt had signed it in October, 2017.

Next time that I climb up to Rees I plan to also go up to Aubineau Peak.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
There were lots of yellow aspen leaves at the higher elevations.
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Aug 24 2018
DixieFlyer
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DixieFlyer
Hiking9.80 Miles 2,775 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   5 Hrs   59 Mns   2.09 mph
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Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I decided to make our first ever hike on the Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop. We also added an aborted hike up to Rees Peak.

We did the loop clockwise, and when we got to the intersection of the Bear Jaw Trail and Waterline Road, instead of turning on Waterline, we continued south and made an off trail scramble up to Rees Peak. We got about 60% of the way to the top, and then it started raining and thundering, so we decided that it would be best to abort the hike up to the top of Rees, so we descended back down to the Waterline Road. It was a fairly steep climb up to Rees -- we went up 900' in about 0.7 miles. However, the climb was not bad and the descent was a piece of cake.

I am not a real big fan of the loop -- it was OK, but there are better hikes in the area imho. The highlight of the hike for me was the scramble up to Rees Peak. I plan to go back and do this hike again in late September, and go up to the Rees summit, and maybe also go up to Aubineau Peak.

The forest road to the trail head was in better shape than I thought that it would be -- we came in from Highway 89 and Tracie's Outback made it just fine.
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Oct 07 2017
chumley
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Bear Jaw Rees Abineau loop, AZ 
Bear Jaw Rees Abineau loop, AZ
 
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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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Autumn - Color Foliage
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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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Reesy and Abby, AZ 
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MountainMatt
Backpack10.57 Miles 4,207 AEG
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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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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
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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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San Francisco Peaks Loop, AZ 
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Hiking13.76 Miles 4,917 AEG
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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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Oct 08 2016
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Rees PeakFlagstaff, AZ
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MountainMatt
Backpack14.79 Miles 3,761 AEG
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Iv been patiently waiting for this trip ever since I got the invite from Joel a while back ago and it's been on the back of my mind ever since!
Camping on or near the summit of Rees Peak just sounded downright awesome to me and I was so eager to make it happen, little did we know our month long plans would soon change...

While heading up Bear Jaw with Chums, Joel and The Beards we all soon became aware of the first little storm system rolling past us which made everyone check thier radar to find a much bigger cell forming over the Prescott/Sedona area and was on track to hit us later that afternoon.
We stopped at the junction of the Waterline Trail and Bear Jaw and debated on the change of plans. The Beards, Joel and I decided wait out the storm and break temporary camp since we had photography goals to be accomplished atop Rees while Chums was smart and got out of the soon to be a solid 2 hours of precipitation.

We walked down to The Waterline until it's junction with Bear Jaw Canyon and found a nice little spot to setup our "temporary" camp.
After a few hours of various beverages, moon cheese and lots of laughs the weather finally cleared and prompted a sudden change of plans yet again!
John out of nowhere was just like let's tarzan swinging' do it! I think his exact words were something along the lines of " I did not come here to sleep on the Waterline Trail but to camp on top of Rees Peak!"
He was serious because he and Pat broke down camp faster than they put it up and were packed up in minutes and went for it!
With sunset within the hour I knew there was no way to get up there without hitting complete darkness and I didn't feel like scrambling to setup camp in the dark in a unfamiliar area, which ended up being a good idea because we later realized there was no room for 4 tents up there in the same relative area.

Joel and I stayed at the Bear Jaw Canyon / Waterline camp and made the attempt to walk down the Waterline towards the Inner Basin in hopes of finding a break in the trees for a view but we camp up short. We quickly turned back the other way and made a trek for the only open view that we happened to come across earlier in the day. After a little tripod time we went back to camp, cooked, enjoyed a warm fire and went to bed early since we had plans of a 4am summit ascent.

We awoke to complete darkness and lots of stars and I was surprisingly alert for it being that early, probably because I was so anxious to reach that summit. The start of the ascent was not too bad lots of deadfall but the grade was reasonable but once we hit the big rock field the terrain steepend a bit. Im curious to know if the rock field is the result of an avalanche? The views from that clearing were stellar! It was still pitch black so we could see the lights of Tuba City, The Cameron Trading Post and all the cars driving on US 89.

Maybe a couple hundred feet above the rock field we ran into The Beards camp and said hello before Joel and I continued on the remaining 200ft or so of our hike. There was a very nice grassy clearing just before the crest of the summit which just added to the anticipation of getting up there since you could almost taste it!
Standing atop the summit of Rees before the sun even rose was truly a rewarding experience that was well worth what it took to get up there!
Even though there was practically no clouds in the sky the sunrise was incredible, the snow capped Humphreys and Agassiz along with the alpine red glow and the golden aspens down below made for a unique sight Iv never seen before, truly breathtaking. :app:

After enjoying the views, some tripod time and a quick summit nap I signed the register and Joel and I began to make our way down but stopped back at The Beard camp to say hello once again. Sounded like Jon got some great photos from thier camp down below and it's so epic that he brought little Daisy on this trip, she is such a little beast of a dog, I don't think many dogs have been on Rees Peak, let alone a little schnauzer.

Going down was very enjoyable and downright relaxing and gave a chance to soak in the well earned views and healthy sections of forest we traveled through in the dark. Hands down one of my favorite trips to date, great company, epic stories and a feeling of satisfaction of seeing that unique sunrise that I'll never forget. : rambo :
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Quaking Aspen
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Inside and around Bear Jaw and Abineau Canyon are some very juicy gold aspens at their true peak.
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Rees & Abineau via Lockett Meadow, AZ 
Rees & Abineau via Lockett Meadow, AZ
 
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Hiking15.43 Miles 4,390 AEG
Hiking15.43 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.16 mph
4,390 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Based on the colors at Elden last week, we knew we had to get back up to Flagstaff and get to the Inner Basin color show. We knew this would be peak peekin' season at the Peaks. Starting at 8am, got us a close parking spot and allowed us to avoid the masses on the way up.

Up the Inner Basin trail #29, I always enjoy this one.... when it's not fall and especially in the fall. Just a beautiful trail that meanders the switchbacks up to the Warterline Trail #146. Definitely one of my favorites.

At our turn for the Waterline Trail, we would not see another soul for quite awhile. Roughly following a previous Chums route, we off trailed it up to Rees Peak approaching it from the ENE. It's a 1.75 mile 1,800' climb to this bad boy. I was concerned for downfall for the climb, but that was never a factor at all. This is a worthy peak for the views!

Rees Peak Video :next: https://youtube.com ... OdTo

With weather rolling in, we talked about our choices and decided to continue. We continued our contour of the ridge-line over to Abineau. In .6 mile you drop 200, before climbing 600' to this peak. There is a perfect spot at the top for lunching on this one. On the way up we got some moisture mostly in the form of hail. This resulted in a beautiful Rainbow that anchored one side of itself to the Golden Aspens.

Abineau Peak Video :next: https://youtube.com ... cAiM

We decided at this point to descend the ridgeline between Rees Canyon and Bear Jaw Canyon. We stumbled on some minor parts of the B-17 Wreckage from 1944. We did a cursory look for some of the larger pieces, but found no more in the brief time we checked.

We passed a couple of interesting stands of leaning aspens on our way down before hitting the Waterline Trail again. There's plenty of easy color to be found on this trail. We saw a few MTB'ers, but was surprised we did not see more.

Back on the Inner Basin trail, descending to the parking lot, it's always fun to people watch. From Full packs to no packs... From Hiking Boots to Vans and dress scandals.... From brand new, clean and pressed complete hiking outfits to jeans so tight you have a guessing game to determine how they'd gotten into them.

Karl made a new friend on the drive out.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme

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Rees & Abineau via Lockett Meadow, AZ 
Rees & Abineau via Lockett Meadow, AZ
 
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BiFrost
Hiking15.56 Miles 4,350 AEG
Hiking15.56 Miles   9 Hrs   12 Mns   2.16 mph
4,350 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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Joined Bruce and Joe for this cool loop starting from Locket Meadow TH. Bruce put together the hike going up to Waterline Trail and then following that to our jump off spot on the ridgeline leading up to Rees. This section is off trail and we originally thought it would be a slog of downfall but turned out to be very manageable all the way to summit of Rees. We took short breather on Reese but weather was starting to move in. We put on rain gear as it started to hail and rain climbing up Abineau but fortunately it didn't do much just cooling things off a bit. Had lunch on Abinueu with some awesome views of the aspens and Inner Basin and the sun decided to come out during the break.

After lunch we headed down adjacent ridgeline towards Waterline Trail on the backside between Abineau and Bear Jaw junctions. Great stand of aspens just before hitting Waterline so we stopped to enjoy the show before continuing. Once on Waterline Trail it's a fast track but again some great stretches of color with aspens all around. Really didn't see many people except for the 1.7 mile section between the Pump House on Waterline and the trailhead. Made it back around 5pm...great hike, crazy color and fun loop!
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Rees & Abineau via Lockett Meadow, AZ 
Rees & Abineau via Lockett Meadow, AZ
 
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Hiking14.42 Miles 4,208 AEG
Hiking14.42 Miles   9 Hrs   11 Mns   2.01 mph
4,208 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break14 LBS Pack
 
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The off trail was easier than anticipated. Steep, no where near sliding steep. Downed trees are easy to avoid. We had pretty much all phases of weather. Chilly, sleet, toasty, breezy, calm, you name it. Autumn was rockin' along our entire loop. The nicest spot was a tall stand of bending aspens near Waterline descending Abineau.

Lots of people up on Humphreys before the Norwester rolled in. Peaks were nice. Inner Basin was a hummin! Not as crazy cool as Squaw but almost up to par. Lots of large happy groups. Tweedledum and Tweedledee amused each other all day.

Way too many photos and video. Enjoyed it all.
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
About as good as aspens get. Roughly 15% green left so it'll probably play out good through next weekend.
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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
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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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Abineau and Rees Peaks from Abineau Canyon, AZ 
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Hiking10.50 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   1.35 mph
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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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Rees Peak via Bear Jaw, AZ 
Rees Peak via Bear Jaw, AZ
 
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Hiking10.17 Miles 3,772 AEG
Hiking10.17 Miles   6 Hrs   4 Mns   2.24 mph
3,772 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break
 
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:y:

I was going to be in Flagstaff for the weekend and wanted to get a good hike in, but wanted to avoid the popular and crowded options. That ruled out pretty much anything that's a trail! I think most people who hike Rees begin in the Inner Basin, but after OHs recent camping trip report, I decided that was a crowd I'd like to avoid.

In no hurry to start the day, I got to the Bear Jaw trailhead around 10 and was happy to see only about 5 other vehicles in the lot. Signing the register I noticed somebody had written about a "huge" bear sighting on Friday. A few minutes later I passed a hiker finishing the loop counterclockwise who told me he had seen a huge bear in Abineau Canyon earlier in the morning. I know there's not a lot of bear in the Flagstaff area, but it's nice to know there's a healthy one in this area. I hope the population is able to expand a bit!

I cruised the Bear Jaw trail up to the Waterline Road and just went straight up from there. The first 500-700 feet of elevation were choked with a lot of deadfall and travel was a real chore. Lots of bouncing left and right to get around things, and plenty of climbing over. Eventually the forest thinned out, but it also steepened. I wasn't sucking wind as hard as in Colorado a couple of weeks ago, but I still took plenty of short breaks just to catch my breath. Near the top, I wasn't gaining more than 50 feet before taking an oxygen break!

Along the way, I got a text from a trusted friend who suggested that I couldn't hit Rees without also hopping over to Abineau. Though that wasn't the plan, that seed was now planted. Once hitting the summit of Rees, the jaw-dropping views of the Inner Basin and the rest of the peaks were amazing. I enjoyed a short break there, but decided that Abineau would be worth the attempt. There was rain visible to the west of the peaks, and an occasional distant rumble of thunder. I was a bit leery of the weather, but after looking at the clouds for a while and determining that they were moving slowly away from me, I decided to continue on.

The route between Rees and Abineau is loose and steep. Both down to the saddle, and back up to the peak. Travel is slow but steady. Abineau does not have the trees Rees has and offers 360-degree views. I could see dozens of people on the summit of Humphreys just a mile away. This peak had a register that was very recent and only had three names. I searched for another one but couldn't find anything else. I found this to be a bit strange.

After photos, a well-earned summit beer, and some snacks, I headed down along a ridge that appeared to have the most moderate slope on the topo contours. As on Rees, the upper part was steep but more open, and the closer I got to the road below the more deadfall that needed to be negotiated. The descent wasn't too bad, but climbing this route would have been steep.

Back at the road, I contemplated heading up the road to descend Abineau--primarily in hopes of spotting the bear. But I wasn't in the mood for the extra mileage, so I headed back to Bear Jaw and hobbled back to the car. Some light sprinkles added to the breeze and the refreshing sound of the quaking aspen. It was a perfect day and the cloudiness provided the perfect relief from the warm June sun.

I might have to do this one again sometime :)
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Abineau PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking16.27 Miles 6,181 AEG
Hiking16.27 Miles   14 Hrs   43 Mns   1.53 mph
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Yesterday, I told my wife this was the most physically and mentally challenging thing I've ever done. What a difference a day makes. Yes, it was hard and could have turned epic( I only think of it in a bad way) but it turned out :y: .

The hike started walking up FR 552 to Lockette Meadow. A little while later, I was sinking in snow so I donned my snowshoes. My 35pd pack was now lighter but still felt like I was carrying a condo. I do plan on doing some backpacking so that should be good practice. Second time up Rees but this time I look a longer route. First time wearing boots in 6 years and I was constantly adjusting them.

The descent off Rees was a little scary at first but the spice factor ended pretty quickly. Looking up at Abineau was pretty intimidating but that was the goal for today. Abineau was tough and definitely an earned peak. It wasn't fun grabbing branches with one hand and ice axe in the other to stay in place. Sometimes crawling but mostly bootin it. I adjusted my route upon seeing some fractures and cornice but stayed pretty true to the ridge. Great views especially seeing the Humphreys ridgeline.

Humphreys ridgeline was the highlight but it also had a suck factor. The winds picked up and I got really :scared: .
I was pretty drained and was dragging. Cold hands and feet had to be taken care of so I stopped and sat in the fierce wind and made clothing adjustments. Once on top of Humphreys, it was like a whole new weather pattern. The sun was shining and I needed to shed layers.

Once the sun set, things went bad for awhile. My glasses never changed back from sunglasses. :doh: This was a problem along with post holing up to my waist. I put my snowshoes back on and that helped until I broke one of the binding straps. Finally found the packed down trail and was at my meetup spot an hour late ](*,) . I wanted to nap on the way to pick up my vehicle but I was overtired and slap happy. I decided to spend the night in Flagstaff and drove home in the morning.

I forgot my camera and gopro :doh:
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