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Jul 21 2018
DarthStiller
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Bear Wallow Trail #63Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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DarthStiller
Hiking17.20 Miles 2,789 AEG
Hiking17.20 Miles   10 Hrs   11 Mns   1.76 mph
2,789 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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The trail conditions on this weren't nearly as bad as I was afraid they might be. It was actually very pleasant at the start, but a slog by the end, mainly due to fatigue.

We started at the Bear Wally TH and headed down in. The trail as the start is very faint and barely there, but you can find it. As we headed down, the treefall wasn't too bad, mainly because we were going downhill. After our off trail excursions the day before, this was a cakewalk. The section a mile or more just before the junction of the Reno Trail was one of the best parts. Where the trail faded away, it was possible to find it easily if you followed the track, which is very accurate. Wally didn't download any track, so a few times he got off the trail and kept wanting to head right down into the stream. At one point I stopped, and after checking the GPS, spotted the trail way above the stream. I called to Wally but he couldn't hear me. I assumed he was way downstream already and I wasn't about to chase him down that rabbit hole. Turns out he was just around the bend and didn't hear me because of the sound of the water (his story). :lol:

About halfway down we saw a black bear. Wally spotted him and waited for me to catch up. I got the one pic, but a branch was in the way and my camera focused on that. By the time I moved to get a clear shot, he spotted up and took off. First bear I saw in AZ, in Bear Wallow of all places.

It took a solid 5 hours to get to the boundary of the reservation, which is where we stopped and had lunch. Even going downhill I had drank nearly 3 liters of water. The time spent in the heat was taking a toll.

We planned to go up Gobbler Point Trail and walk the road back to the Bear Wallow TH. We each drove our own vehicles to Alpine the day before since I was headed directly to Flagstaff on Sunday for a work conference. For some reason, the common sense idea of utilizing our 2 vehicles to do a shuttle hike only dawned on my as the very bottom of the Gobbler Point Trail as we started our slog of an ascent ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) .

Gobbler Point Trail wasn't so bad at the start. There is some tree fall to deal with in spots. At the very end it seems like it won't end. The trail fades away a lot at the top and also gets steeper. I found Wally taking a quick nap at the top. His first words as I arrived were, "Well, that was wonderful."

The hike back on the roads was a slog, even though it felt like it shouldn't be. We saved probably close to a mile by bypassing the hairpin switchbacks on FR8154 just before it junctions with FR25. The bushwhack up to FR25 really isn't bad. It was very much worth it to do that. The last mile before the Bear Wallow TH was the worst. My feet were burning and I was just drained, especially after the hike the day before. There was no trouble sleeping that night, although getting up out of bed had its challenges.
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Jul 21 2018
wallyfrack
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 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Bear Wallow Trail #63Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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wallyfrack
Hiking17.40 Miles 2,789 AEG
Hiking17.40 Miles   9 Hrs   51 Mns   1.84 mph
2,789 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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The first 1.5 miles is probably the worst but the trees are not large so I was able to step over most of them without much trouble. Farther down the trail there are good sections and bad sections so a GPS is helpful if you want to stay on track. About 4 miles down I spotted a black bear. I waited for Chris to catch up and we slowly proceeded down the trail until we caught sight of the bear. We took a few photos but Chris's view was blocked by a branch. As we started to slowly hike again the bear ran off. About five miles down the trail climbs up on the right. I missed the turn and waited just around the bend. I was wondering what was taking Chris so long so I back tracked and realized my mistake. I found the trail and caught up to Chris. We stopped to eat at the end of Bear Wallow and then hiked back to Gobbler's Point Trail for the ascent to the road. We hiked the road using one short cut suggested by Chris and finished after a long day.
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Jun 29 2014
toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Bear Wallow Trail #63Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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toddak
Hiking17.50 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking17.50 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   2.06 mph
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Very cool that the main canyon was spared the ravages of the Wallow Fire. Good flow in the creek below the springs, unfortunately there were several cows roaming the canyon, with lots of patties everywhere, so carry lots or carefully purify. Climbed out of the canyon north up Gobbler Point #59 (fairly easy to follow except the top half mile or so which is choked with downed trees), road walked back east a few miles and dropped back down into the canyon on Reno #62, then back up and out to the trailhead. Very nice canyon, except for the hordes of flies and gnats that hover right in front of your face, try to get in your eyes and get sucked into your throat.
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Sep 26 2008
gpsjoe
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 Joined Feb 13 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Bear Wallow Trail #63Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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gpsjoe
Hiking23.00 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking23.00 Miles   16 Hrs      1.44 mph
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I did the entire Bear Wallow trail in 2 day hikes. Friday September 26, I hiked from the Bear Wallow trailhead for 5.3 miles and on Sunday September 28, I hiked the remaining 3 miles to the Forest Border with the San Carlos Indian Reservation but starting from the Gobbler Point trailhead.

It was my intention to day hike 16 miles roundtrip doing the Bear Wallow trail near Hannagan Meadow. I started early Friday morning from the Bear Wallow trailhead. After 0.9 miles of easy hiking, the deadfall started and never let up. It seems that every 100 or 200 feet of hiking brought another obstacle to get around. That combined with multiple creek crossings wore me out after a little more than 5 miles so I turned around and hiked back out about 3 miles short of my goal which was to hike to the border with the San Carlos Indian reservation.

On Sunday I went back for more. But this time I started from the Gobbler Point trailhead shown on the map shown on the last shot in the picture set.

I thought I might be in for some serious bouts with more deadfall but I was pleasantly surprised. The Gobbler Point trail is very good with great switchbacks to take you down to creek level. After a couple of miles there is some deadfall including a couple of large ones. But they are negotiable and there is far less deadfall than while hiking from the Bear Wallow trailhead. At the end of Gobbler point trail I turned right and hike 0.6 miles to about 0.1 miles onto reservation property. I was looking for a sign and didn't see one but my GPS had the property line on it so I knew I had gone too far. On the way back the Forest Boundary sign appeared nailed to a large pine tree on the side of the tree that you would not see going in unless you turned around. A strange place for it.

Hiking back I went 2.5 extra miles to the place I stopped on Friday so I did manage to hike the entire trail. The 3 miles I did on the Bear Wallow trail had much less deadfall (I would say 20 percent or at least if felt that way) than the 5 miles I did on Friday.

My bottom line is I do not recommend hiking from the Bear Wallow trailhead. I highly recommend hiking from the Gobbler Point trailhead. When you reach the end of the Gobbler Point trail (2.7 miles) you can turn right (to the reservation boundary) or left and hike as much as you want from there before turning around. This is a great hike and I may do it again in 3 weeks to see the fall color. It is mentioned as 1 of 15 fall color hikes in the October 2008 issue of Arizona Highways.
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Aug 02 2008
BelladonnaTook
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 Joined Aug 26 2002
 Lakeside, AZ
Gobbler Point TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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BelladonnaTook
Hiking7.50 Miles 2,070 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.25 mph
2,070 ft AEG
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The road to the trailhead from FR 25 was dozed recently and is in best condition I've ever seen. The trail itself is good down to the point where it decends into the bottom of the draw. From there recent deadfall becomes a real nuisance. This is also poison ivy central. At the creek we went downstream, planning to stop at reservation boundary. It is so obscure, we completely missed it and trespassed half a mile onto San Carlos. We discovered our mistake on the return when we encountered a sign welcoming us to the national forest. Went upstream to the fish barrier dam and a ways beyond. Brush along the creek so thick it's difficult to see the stream. Gathering dark clouds encouraged us to cut our hike short, and we walked in gentle rain half way back to car. Saw turkeys on the drive in and one other hiker on the trail. It was a tougher hike than we anticipated.
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Aug 16 2004
Sam Noble
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 Joined Aug 16 2004
 Tempe, AZ
Gobbler Point TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
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Sam Noble
Hiking2.70 Miles 2,070 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   4 Hrs      0.68 mph
2,070 ft AEG
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I frist hiked Gobblers peak when I was real young. It's not difficult. There are a couple tough spots if you want to go all the way to the top. I would recommended it for family picnics and such.
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