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Sunday, September 29, 2013

ABINEAU-BEAR JAW FALL FOLIAGE HIKE


ABINEAU-BEAR JAW LOOP
Flagstaff
Abineau Canyon, Sept. 28, 2013

Coaxed by freezing night temperatures and the season’s first light dusting of snow, the aspens on the north face of Flagstaff’s San Francisco Peaks are turning to gold.  On Saturday, Sep. 28th, the trees above 10,000’ were well on their way to peak color while those lower on the mountain were just developing a faint, lemony tinge.  This means prime time for high elevation fall foliage hiking has arrived. Because of its cool, canyon bound location on the mountain, leaves saturate and drop early and quickly on the Abineau-Bear Jaw loop. So head out this week to enjoy this classic autumn trek.


LENGTH:  7.9-mile loop
RATING: difficult
ELEVATION:  8530' - 10,400'

Waterline Road: Sept 28, 2013

GETTING THERE:
Abineau Canyon, Sept. 28, 2013
From Flagstaff, travel north on US180 (Fort Valley Rd) to milepost 235.2 and turn right onto FR 151 (Hart Prairie Road, north access).  Continue 1.6 miles on FR 151 and connect to FR 418.  Drive 3.1 miles on FR418 to FR9123J  (signed for Abineau-Bear Jaw), turn right and go 0.6 mile to the trailhead.
Dirt/cinder roads are rutted but passable by carefully driven sedans.  Access via FR418 from 89A now requires 4x4 due to washouts.

INFO:  Flagstaff Ranger District, Coconino National Forest, 928-526-0866
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