Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Abineau/Bear Jaw Loop Day Hike
when Trip Report : October 4, 2014
  Trip Report : August 4, 2012
where Flagstaff – North side of the San Francisco Peaks
the hike     This trip is scheduled after the end of the monsoon and at the beginning of the fall color. Weather may be cool to cold and in the mountains, storms are always possible, so be prepared and watch the weather report for Flagstaff. From the trailhead it’s 0.3 miles to the Abineau/Bear Jaw junction. We will stay to the right and take the Abineau Trail and begin our ascent of Abineau Canyon through a mixed forest of ponderosa pine, aspen, and large Douglas fir. After a mile or so the trail becomes steeper and rockier as it continues climbing through Abineau Canyon. The last half-mile of the Abineau Trail passes through an avalanche-prone area that has been stripped bare of most trees, with many downed trees across the trail. Watch for a work-around trail here that will route us around most of the downed trees.
    After nearly two miles of steady climbing, the Abineau Trail tops out as it links up with Pipeline Road at Abineau Spring in a large open meadow. This is a scenic area with great views of the north side of Humphreys Peak and more avalanche chutes. We will stop in this area for a rest and lunch break. From the junction we will continue hiking east on the road for two miles to the signed junction for the Bear Jaw Trail.
    We continue hiking north and then northwest for an additional two miles on the Bear Jaw Trail, descending through heavy forest cover, as we make our way back to the trailhead. About mid-way along this trail watch for interesting carvings, mostly names and dates (some going back to the late 1800s), on the larger aspen trunks in this area of long-abandoned sheep herder camps.
    For those that do not want to do the full 6.6 mile hike and particularly the strenuous Abineau portion can just do the Bear Jaw as an in and out. Most of the aspens are on that trail.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho and a flannel shirt or light jacket
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Hiking poles
•  Camera
distance 6 mile loop
time 4-5 hours hiking time plus 6 hours R/T driving time to the trailhead.
EC +-1900' elevation change
elevations 8,500 feet at the trailhead to 10,400 feet on the Abineau Trail.
on trail 100% — Abineau Trail, Pipeline Road, Bear Jaw Trail.
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Flagstaff
meet 7:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride. We will make carpooling arrangements here and depart no later than 7:15 AM.
•  Take I-17 north to Flagstaff.
From Flagstaff, drive north on US 180 to FR 521.
Turn right on FR 521 and go east to the trailhead.
The Arizona Highways article in July 2013 said to go up US 89 to the Sunset Crater turn off and then go west on the forest road. That is the way the club went in August, 2012.
The unpaved road from US 180 to the trailhead is only 5.5 miles, instead of almost 9 miles from US 89.

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