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Jul 10 2021
ddgrunning
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 Gilbert, AZ
Abineau and Rees Peaks via A-BJ Loop, AZ 
Abineau and Rees Peaks via A-BJ Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2021
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 12 2020
OdinWiski
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49 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Bear Jaw Inner Basin, AZ 
Bear Jaw Inner Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2020
OdinWiski
Hiking12.74 Miles 2,193 AEG
Hiking12.74 Miles   7 Hrs   5 Mns   2.18 mph
2,193 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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Most aspens had already peaked. Bear Jaw and Waterline were quiet; Inner Basin was crowded as expected, even for a Monday.
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jillyonanadventure
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 Scottsdale
Bears basin, AZ 
Bears basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2020
jillyonanadventure
Hiking21.51 Miles 4,121 AEG
Hiking21.51 Miles   8 Hrs   31 Mns   2.53 mph
4,121 ft AEG
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Started off at Bear Jaw around 9am. The parking lot wasn’t full just yet, but was getting close. We had camped nearby the night before, so our plan was to start a bit ahead of @john9l and the girls and meet up on the trail somewhere. Went up Bear Jaw to waterline road, followed that to inner basin and then took a lunch/hammock break in the golden Aspens there. We finally ran into our friends at inner basin, yay! They proceeded on, but I wasn’t into additional elevation gain, so we elected to roam around the aspens at inner basin and then head back. The climb up Bear Jaw is steep, and definitely gets the heart pumping but it is just so stunning, so it’s worth the hard work! Waterline road was awesome; felt great to be on flat ground and the leaves coming down while walking on the road was just so beautiful. Shockingly it wasn’t even that crowded! There were lots of groups, especially bikers around inner basin/waterline road but aside from that definitely not too busy! On the way back, we reached the turnoff for Bear Jaw, but I was feeling good and I insisted that we should head down Abineau to complete the loop. This added about 3 or so miles to our hike, making it my longest day hike ever! The trek down Abineau was just miserable. First it’s super steep with tons of scree and little baseball sized rocks then it’s just a variety of unpleasant steep terrain and just not a pretty trail at all. James and I both commented that it looked like a tornado had come through there due to all the downed trees. John later confirmed it’s actually an avalanche zone, so that made sense. I did not care for Abineau at all and would not recommend this part of the trail. Just so much prettier and better maintained on bear jaw. Anyways, the aspens were just magical along the majority of our hike and it was truly stunning. I was thrilled when we finished and we waited for our friends while watching the sunset. Went into town and grabbed some dinner to avoid any traffic. If you’re going here, go ASAP because a lot of leaves had already fallen!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Golden aspens galore! Lots of leaves already falling.
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Oct 04 2020
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Inner Basin via Bear Jaw, AZ 
Inner Basin via Bear Jaw, AZ
 
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John9L
Hiking16.75 Miles 3,550 AEG
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Headed up to Flag with a couple of friends for a fall colors hike by the peaks. We started from Bear Jaw and headed in and were delighted to see the hillside covered in Yellow Aspens. We continued on and connected onto the Waterline and headed left towards Inner Basin. The Waterline Trail was in peak fall colors. The yellow leaves were so vibrant and full of life. We continued around and headed up Inner Basin to the junction with Weatherford. We took an extended break there and then returned. It turned out to be a long and fun day. Afterwards, we headed into Flag and then returned to Phoenix. It was a great day!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Aspen are near prime
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Oct 03 2020
rayhuston
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 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ 
Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2020
rayhuston
Hiking16.70 Miles 2,976 AEG
Hiking16.70 Miles   7 Hrs   33 Mns   2.46 mph
2,976 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
1st trip
We got off to a good start when Bruce spotted a narrow parking spot just feet from the trailhead. A huge score with those Eagle eyes, as the the 100 car limit was easily exceeded. The locals were out in spectacular numbers today.

Bruce and Joe planned a hike to summit Rees and Abineau from Inner Basin, while I hiked out to the end of the Waterline Road and back. I had it in my mind that I would give the summits a try, but that was wishful thinking that was immediately nixed when we reached the turnoff to head up to Rees. Too steep and too many downed trees. What was I thinking. :lol:

Turns out Joe and Bruce didn't want any part of it either (too much downfall even for them). Abineau and Bear Jaw was mentioned and quickly affirmed by all. It would be more miles, less AEG, but on good trails throughout. Best of all, I was able to hang with the boys for the duration.

We saw (in total) several hundred people in the first couple of miles with scores of pooches tagging along. Not nearly as many on Abineau - Bear Jaw, but that loop was also quite popular on the day. The quest for everyone was, of course, the fall colors. While the best color was on the Waterline Road, those that stayed close to the trailhead seemed delighted based on the number of selfies and photo shots we observed. The best color, however, was clearly on the long road walk. Absolutely delightful. We took a lot of photos.

The thing that stood out most on the day, for me anyway, was the number of people wearing masks, especially in the 20 to 40 age group. We each took a guess at the number, which ranged from a third to over half. By the time we finished, we agreed that half was probably a good estimate. I began to wonder if local laws required masks at all times, even while hiking, or if it was in response to our President getting infected. Either way, I've rarely seen people wearing masks on the trail so I was taken aback by the numbers.

Anyway, the objective was to see fall colors and I was most satisfied by what we saw. We debated whether it was prime or still a week away. Based on the number of leaves falling, I wouldn't wait a week.

Awesome hike. Thank you @The_Eagle and @joebartels for inviting me along! It was a great day.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Gold on the south slopes as you leave the TH. Not quite prime as you ascend the switchbacks through the aspens, although leaves covered the trail and were falling as we walked through. Very nice color on the Waterline Road. Not much on Abineau, more on Bear Jaw, but nothing like the Waterline Road.
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joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ 
Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2020
joebartels
Hiking16.70 Miles 2,977 AEG
Hiking16.70 Miles   7 Hrs   32 Mns   2.46 mph
2,977 ft AEG      45 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Shortly after noon on Friday, I got the FS News Release declaring a 100 vehicle limit for Lockett Meadow. With a hike from Inner Basin already planned, we decided to take our chances. If plan-A failed, other hikes in the area would suffice.

The road into Lockett Meadow was busy. A 4WD pickup leading a chain of sedans was hell-bent on keeping us all well-below the suggested speed limit. Cars leaving wasn't promising. The crawl-pace helped build anticipation, increase safety, or prime an excellent backcountry brawl. Parking at Lockett was not limited. Snagging a spot seemed impossible, but Bruce is a pro at squeezing into tight spots. The road never caught my attention until riding in a car. I'm not sure if @louie can negotiate the road or park his 25ft'r. FS says, not recommended. It would seem unwise during Autumnfest, if squeamish, or most importantly, not dry.

We had storybook weather for most of the hike. Autumn color was popping early on then waivered greener up though the nicest aspen-switchbacks in Arizona. Prime-season-hikers loaded the area with little kids, dogs, and hellos. A pinch of avid-to-experienced mini-groups were led with laser vision and grump-charm. Carpooling maximized, the least common denominator was solo hikers, notably sans kiddo/mutt.

We decided to switch up the planned off-trail Rees - Abineau Peaks Lasso Loop for accessible trails. 2020 has delivered the most scratchless hikes ever. Winning! Waterline Road was the most striking color. No oaks, but cooling-down weather, foliage, and company made for a great hike!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Autumn Foliage was fabulous. Color was best along Waterline Road.
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The October wildflower show is light, still impressive a hint exists.
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The_Eagle
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Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ 
Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking16.72 Miles 3,215 AEG
Hiking16.72 Miles   7 Hrs   32 Mns   2.43 mph
3,215 ft AEG      40 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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I just loves me some Autumn Gold. The IB is always a go to for that color. We've been pretty fortunate getting the timing right. The recent trip reports from the area and 100 car limit parking at the IB TH had us questioning doing this hike. We decided to give it a whirl.

We got lucky and found a parking spot. Temps were perfect and not too many people on the IB trail to the Waterline Trail. There was a mix of green and golden aspens, but mostly golden.

The Waterline Trail is actually a road. The sporadic distant views and tunnels of golden aspen make this a special track. Down Abineau, not a favorite, it has some decent views/color.

Up on Bear Jaw, is the direction to go. The trail is great for the most part, with only a few rocky, semi-steep sections. Back on the Waterline Trail, we cruised back to the masses.

Hitting the IB Trail, on a prime autumn Saturday afternoon, as we all know can be a tad busy. Most hate this, but I enjoy seeing the mix of people. The once a year hikers, those with the finest hiking gear that's never been dirty, big cameras lenses never making it more than a 1/2 mile, dress shoes, stressed yoga pants, couples that have an entirely different idea as to what fun is. I enjoy this ONCE a year.

What I don't enjoy, is getting behind some Bozo, driving in a vehicle that does not belong on that road and being 8th car behind Bozo.

Until next year IB.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial

dry Bear Jaw Canyon Dry Dry

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Aug 23 2020
ScaredyCat
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Bear Jaw Trail #26Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2020
ScaredyCat
Hiking11.73 Miles 1,821 AEG
Hiking11.73 Miles   5 Hrs   9 Mns   2.43 mph
1,821 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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Mother Nature must consider me a trespasser here. I have been hailed on 3 of 4 times. This trip I decided to follow the Waterline Road to Inner Basin and back.

One brave hiker pushed through this storm with me. We saw a few ill prepared trekkers along the route. The road conditions had clearly deteriorated afterward. I don't recommend bringing a car here during the monsoon season.
Jul 03 2020
ShatteredArm
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 Phoenix, AZ
Abineau - Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
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ShatteredArm
Run/Jog7.53 Miles 1,778 AEG
Run/Jog7.53 Miles   1 Hour   49 Mns   4.14 mph
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Got up to the high country at around 2pm after battling traffic for a few hours, and wanted to do something shorter. Never got around to doing Abineau/Bear Jaw yet, and as that was only about 20 minutes from the campsite, it seemed like a good option. Little bit of rain on the way up Abineau, but it cleared up and turned into cold and wet, yet refreshing, weather for the steep climb up the avalanche chute. Loved the scenery through here.

The jog down waterline road to Bear Jaw was nice; perfect downhill grade and just a few hurdles.

Bear Jaw was a lot of fun. Got going pretty fast down that one, and the rocky sections made for some real fun. Been a good minute since I've run that fast.

I'd definitely come out and do this loop again. Good scenery from start to finish, and it's not enough to beat you up. And maybe next time I'll get on that Strava leaderboard!
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joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Abineau - Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
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joebartels
Hiking7.72 Miles 2,005 AEG
Hiking7.72 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   1.96 mph
2,005 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
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The final 0.5-mi road(FR9123J) had some rocks that might cut tender tires depending on luck & driver. That said, the trailhead was loaded with small-medium clearance SUVs.

Had this one planned, but it was reassuring @Ashleyannmarie posted a triplog with details about minimal and negotiable snow. Tackled Bear Jaw first for a change.

Warmer than anticipated to start. Semi busy TH to 2.55-miles. Friendly banter by all with the exception of a high school-aged couple which I'm sure translated me as older than dead. Comfortably cooler passing the first aspens. Heading up through soft needle pines was dandy.

On the Waterline Road approaching Abineau, a series of snowdrifts were on the mountainside. Not in the way and likely gone in days.

I passed two guys with an unleashed dog that was mildly concerning. Staying calm, and saying hello worked per usual.

The upper Abineau junction is still a worthy pause to admire Humphreys. Passed a few solo hikers heading down Abineau. Lower Bear Jaw was by far the highest concentration of hikers. With a packed parking lot, guess I started just as the final morning crowd returned.

Minus mid-to-lower Abineau, great cell coverage in great temps. You know the important things! It was a gusty afternoon but only heard the wind through the Pines and Aspens. Which was forecasted and why I choose this wind-block hike second after a warmer forecast at O'Leary.

There were three stretches of snow in upper Abineau no worse than 100 ft. Probably gone in a week. Under half a doz easy to negotiate trees over the trail.

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Bear Jaw is a nice hike. Abineau is the show.
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Abineau - Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,981 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   2.53 mph
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wanted to get up north for some fall color
john hadn't done this hike, and it seemed like prime time this past weekend
got going around 0730 in 40 degree temps
went clockwise this time, up bear jaw, west on waterline and down abineau
aspen colors were mixed: some light greens, some almost orange, some past prime up higher
windy and cold at the waterline/abineau intersection so we didn't stop
nice to do this one again; thanks for agreeing to the long drive, john
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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johnlp
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Abineau - Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
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johnlp
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,981 AEG
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This hike has been on my list for a decade or so. Some nice fall colors along the way. Hiking in trees most of the way is welcome in Arizona on occasion. Very good hike overall, but not quite what was in my minds eye. Thanks Kelly. :)
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Oct 09 2019
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friendofThundergod
Hiking7.35 Miles 1,937 AEG
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Did a fall colors hike in the morning and then ran some laps on some moderates at the Hobo Jungle. An excellent day. Posted some fall color pics for those who are into that sort of thing.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
A little green still down low, but really popping at the higher elevations.
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Sep 28 2019
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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
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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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Nate_F
Hiking7.62 Miles 2,001 AEG
Hiking7.62 Miles   5 Hrs   24 Mns   1.57 mph
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Great little adventure up North to get away from the heat for a day. There was still plenty of snow on the peaks and on the slopes of the Abineau Trail. Perfect weather and not very crowded at all. Only saw a few nice people and four-legged friends. We celebrated a friends birthday at the high-point of the trail, while taking in the views of Humphreys right above us. This was a great back-country hike with lots of pines and great views!
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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.
Named place
Named place
Abineau Peak
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Nov 04 2018
BobP
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 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Rees Abineau, AZ 
Rees Abineau, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2018
BobP
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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1st trip
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chumley
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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May 19 2018
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 AZ
Abineau - Bear Jaw LoopFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2018
friendofThundergod
Hiking7.93 Miles 2,017 AEG
Hiking7.93 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   2.42 mph
2,017 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
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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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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Bear Jaw Rees Abineau loop, AZ 
Bear Jaw Rees Abineau loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 07 2017
chumley
Backpack10.68 Miles 4,290 AEG
Backpack10.68 Miles2 Days         
4,290 ft AEG
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1st trip
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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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Named place
Sunset Crater
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Meteorology
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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