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Abineau Bear Jaw Loop - 61 members in 131 triplogs have rated this an average 4.1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 29 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop plus Rees Peak, AZ 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking11.00 Miles 3,700 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   7 Hrs   11 Mns   2.12 mph
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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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There were lots of yellow aspen leaves at the higher elevations.
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Sep 09 2018
Frostshocknoob
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Frostshocknoob
Hiking7.61 Miles 2,030 AEG
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Aug 24 2018
DixieFlyer
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking9.80 Miles 2,775 AEG
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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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Aug 12 2018
Frostshocknoob
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
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Frostshocknoob
Hiking7.58 Miles 1,998 AEG
Hiking7.58 Miles   3 Hrs   31 Mns   2.42 mph
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Aug 12 2018
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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emilystardust
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,115 AEG
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Jul 28 2018
Nightstalker
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Nightstalker
Hiking8.10 Miles 2,192 AEG
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3rd trip to Abineau Bear Jaw. Apparently, quite a number of other hikers thought it would be a nice to cool off in Flagstaff on this loop today. I'm sure they weren't disappointed, thunderstorms rolled in dropping rain and hail and a never ending rumble of thunder and temps dropping well into the 50's!

The harem hikers crossed paths with many associates from the Hiking for Hops Meetup group.

Lots of new tree fall on Abineau and some trail rerouting.
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Jul 23 2018
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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fricknaley
Hiking7.73 Miles 2,110 AEG
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i was pretty excited to show Sierra this hike. it's been 10 years since i hiked this loop and i remembered how great it is, but certainly forgot some of the nuance as to why.

loved doing this one with Sierra, and she really liked it too. we dodged some pretty good rain at the end. just saw a couple people all day. the old avalanche flow really captivated her imagination on the way down

drove FSR 151 through hart prairie on the way home
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May 19 2018
friendofThunde
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking7.93 Miles 2,017 AEG
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This loops is a real gem in my opinion. I would honestly put it up there with some of the better hikes in Arizona and in terms of the Kachina Wilderness, its somewhat off the radar reputation and lack of crowds, probably makes it one of the better hiking options on the Peaks as well.

Gorgeous hiking conditions all day and big clouds. I don't know if it is the elevation, but the initial climb always hits me a little on this one, but other than that and the steep descent, you can't beat the trail conditions on this loop. Its a shame that we are in full fire ban mode, before the aspens have even gotten their leaves, but alas I feel this will be the new norm for us in AZ and the entire southwest. But hey let's keep rolling back those environmental regs and ignoring science in the name of corporate interests and profits, no since trying to slow it down, we will all be dead before it matters anyways. It was nice to get a hike knocked out in this area before the first dry lightning strike turns the Peaks and the surrounding forest into matchsticks.

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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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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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Oct 07 2017
MountainMatt
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Reesy and Abby, AZ 
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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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Aug 12 2017
Lumberjill
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 Phoenix, AZ
Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Lumberjill
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,115 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.75 mph
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On our way in, a couple of lost women were trying to get to Page via FR 151. We urged them to go back through Flagstaff to 89 before heading down FR 151 ourselves. We also had quite the discussion about how to pronounce Abineau - is it "Aah-bin-oh" or "Uh-bean-oh"?

We started out hiking in sunny weather with barely a cloud in the sky. Shortly after we began, we started hearing thunder, which was very confusing, since we couldn't really see any storm clouds nearby. There were a few clouds, but they were big, puffy, white ones. Not ones to be deterred, we hiked on, going up Bear Jaw. As we entered the beautiful Aspen groves, I saw a flash of lightning and heard a thunder clap at nearly the same time. 8-[ At that point, we started discussing the best course of action (continue on or return to the car). The storm was quick moving, so we kept moving. A few minutes later, the rain came in and poured on us, while we continued to hear thunder and see occasional lightning strikes, but nothing as close as the first one.

We made it up to the Waterline portion of the trail, and slowly but surely the rain dropped off. We met a group that was doing the loop the other way and chatted with them for a few about the weather and the beautiful area. The sun came out for a few minutes, allowing us to see more storms to the Northwest. We snapped a few photos just before descending the Abineau trail, which was a pretty steep descent in parts. About a mile or so from the trailhead, more thunder and then more rain that stayed with us until after we were safe and warm in the car.

I was mesmerized by the Aspens here and will definitely return on a clear day, perhaps in the fall to see the leaves change. We also saw countless mushrooms - and one person who was out collecting them!
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Jul 15 2017
LindaAnn
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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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Jun 24 2017
friendofThunde
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking7.80 Miles 2,130 AEG
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A final hike with the pups and Jackie before I make what is becoming my annual summer exodus from Arizona. A fair amount of hikers out, but nothing overwhelming. The trails in the loop were all in pretty good shape, with only a little deadfall to contend with on Bear Jaw. The highlight of this loop is still the top of Abineau in my opinion, a great little area. We did some further exploring around here and took an extended break to allow the pups to play in the snow. We ran into a guy taking a break in the same area, he recognized the dogs and had been following our hikes for a few years on HAZ, so we chatted it up some there and then again at the trailhead. A good final hike with the pups, I am going to miss them, Montana bound first thing tomorrow morning.

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Jun 19 2017
larbrad
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Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
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larbrad
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,115 AEG
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It doesn't look like anyone has recently written up a trip log on this beautiful loop hike beneath the north slopes of Humphrey's Peak. I did the loop in a clockwise direction which means you go up the Bear Jaw Trail and down the Abineau. I thought going up Bear Jaw was tough enough - not sure I would even want to tackle going up the Abineau. It was one of those days when it was projected to be in the high teens temperature-wise in Phoenix and I had a reason to be in Flagstaff so decided to take in a nice hike. I was totally rewarded. Temp at start was maybe in the low 80's. Still not bad considering the alternatives in AZ this time of year. I encountered only four other hikers after starting my hike around 2pm. I even had to cross a field of snow at one point on the trail plus some thunder and brief showers that cooled the air into the low 60's at completion. I agree with everyone that this could be one of the top hikes in AZ for a view, trees, cool weather and challenging while not a killing hike. The sign-in book at the point in the trail where the Bear Jaw and Abineau trails intersect showed a lot of activity each day, so clearly this is a popular hike and every reason to be so. I love Arizona!
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Jun 12 2017
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Hiking7.00 Miles 2,115 AEG
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Great fall foliage hike
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Sep 30 2016
JasonCleghorn
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JasonCleghorn
Hiking7.95 Miles 2,028 AEG
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Would I do this hike again? Every day? Yes.

This is simply probably my favorite hike that I have done in Arizona. It's close with the Kachina Trail but this trail is a bit more difficult and more sustained climbing.

My trip got off to an inauspicious start as I realized I had forgotten my hat. I haven't hiked without a hat or something on my head in a VERY long time. I was bummed but it turned out OK.

FR 151 and FR 418 are actually pretty good roads. My SUV made it just fine and even I didn't worry... :y:

When I got to the Trailhead it was 37 degrees. When I arrived home it was 97 degrees. Yikes.

Back to the hike... I chose to go up Bear Jaw first and then to descend Abineau. Although I say that I wouldn't have wanted to ascend Abineau, next time I might do it just for the challenge as it is MUCH steeper.

I marveled at the views along the higher parts of the trail and the aspens are not at peak but probably middle peak, maybe. I saw one hunter and there was one other vehicle at the TH which I believe may have been a fellow HAZ'er Preston Mc.

I got back to the TH, took my pants off, switched to shorts and readied for my next adventure about 2 miles down the road...
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Sep 10 2016
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Nightstalker
Hiking8.28 Miles 1,917 AEG
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Beautiful day for a hike in Flagstaff! Went up Abineau and down Bear Jaw. Aspens had some color.

Came in from 180, on the northern 151 route. FS151 and 418 are in good shape with just pot holes here and there. FS9123J is rough, but I would say passable in a car, rain ruts in the parking area would be the biggest obstacle, but you can drive in and out without having to cross them.
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Aspens were starting to turn yellow.
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Jul 24 2016
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LindaAnn
Hiking7.38 Miles 1,962 AEG
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My original plan for today was to camp overnight near the trailhead, then hike Humphreys from the Inner Basin. Yesterday afternoon, there was a 20% chance of storms for today. I found a nice place to park, had dinner, watched a great sunset, then lightning show, and even did some stargazing after the storm passed--lots of my favorite things all rolled into one evening!

When I checked the weather at 3:30 this morning, the storm chance was up to 60% by 10:00am. Hmmmm, I wasn't really thrilled about that. Rather than risk it (especially since I'll be back here in Sept), I decided to switch to something less exposed. So I got one more hour of sleep, then headed over to the trailhead for Bear Jaw/Abineau. I got started a little before 6:00 am, and decided to head up Bear Jaw, as it seemed to be a more gradual climb. I huffed and puffed my way up the trail--which had great scenery--and got to Waterline in about 80 minutes. Waterline, obviously, was very easy, and I made great time on that.

Heading down Abineau was definitely my favorite part of the loop. The best scenery/vegetation of the day, and the views to the north, and even towards Humphreys, were great. The top 1/2 mile of Abineau is quite steep, I skidded on rocks a few times, and was grateful to have poles with me. The trail got a little better after that, and I enjoyed the rest of the descent. I'm not sure if I would prefer hiking up or down Abineau. Only saw three people today--all on Abineau. Once back to the car, I had a snack, then made the drive back to Phx. Both directions, I took Hwy 87/Lake Mary Rd/Hwy 89 as part of my continued dislike of I-17.
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mt98dew
Hiking7.14 Miles 2,115 AEG
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Abineau has been on my list almost as long as I've been with HAZ. Ended up doing this hike, in part, with my wife's dad, who is an avid hiker in his own right. He has done numerous trails, including Bear Jaw, but never Abineau. Got on the trail a little before 9am. The plan was for him to hike in an hour's worth and then turn around. I was going to continue to complete the loop and meet him back at the car. We got a little over a 1.5 miles in before we parted. The trail up to that point was uphill but not too steep. The last .8 miles to the road though were a killer! I gained about 100 ft for every .1 mile! My goal was to do the loop kind of quickly so that Clif was waiting too long at the TH for me. Let me tell you, there was no "quick" about that climb to the waterline rd...that is definitely not a runners trail. :lol: My garmin( :cry: ) showed an elevation of about 10275 at the top of Abineau. The track down to the Bear Jaw connection was a smooth, very joggable 2 miles. My garmin( :cry: ) showed a drop of about 500 ft. The Bear Jaw is much more gradual, though there is a brief section, near the top where the incline is also very steep. There was a .4 mile stretch where I lost about 100ft for every .1 mile. (I know all these numbers because of my handy dandy Garmin :cry: ). I didn't jog these steeper sections but I started to open it up a bit on some of the flatter stretches. Unfortunately I managed to discover an embedded rock. It took me down. I managed to walk away relatively unscathed, but... :cry: ...my :cry: garmin :cry: ....was not so fortunate. :stretch: That kind of put a damper on the overall experience, but that aside it was an awesome hike. Saw about 20 hikers overall. Most of them on the Bear Jaw, or having come from the Bear Jaw (Looked like the clockwise direction was the more popular approach). No wildlife on the trail except for several chipmunks and, ironically, right after Clif had headed back I saw a grouse.
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Jul 09 2016
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 Joined Feb 13 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Abineau Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2016
david_allen_3
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,115 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
2,115 ft AEG
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Nice day to be on the Abineau/Bear Jaw Trail. Sun was a little warm but temps were in the low 80's in mid to late afternoon. Paid a visit to Reese Ponds/Tanks and noticed a small amount of water in both that the dog didn't mind but doesn't look too great and would probably clog a water filter I'd also want to boil it first at least until the wet season clears things out a little.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

90+° 8am - 6pm kills
prehydrate & stay hydrated
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