Bear Jaw #26 / Abineau #127 Trails

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Bear Jaw #26 / Abineau #127 Trails

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Bear Jaw #26 / Abineau #127 Trails

by: Honza
Location:  Flagstaff, AZ          Longitude:  -111.6768    Latitude:  35.3862
A spectacular trail that is both challenging and rewarding with one of the finest views of Flagstaff hikes.
Features and Interests:   Amazing views with one of the best meadows.
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
  Elkweed  Elkweed
  Monarda  Monarda
The trailhead on the south-east side of the parking lot is very well marked. From the trailhead, you will take a short 0.3 mile walk to the beginning of the Bear Jaw and Abineau loop. Since this is a loop coming together at the high point looking out at Humphreys Peak, you can either take a left (Bear Jaw Trail) which is a gradual/longer route vs the right (Abineau) which is much steeper.

Taking the Bear Jaw route will allow you to enjoy the view while descending, so take that route. The ascent does get steep but will take you through a wonderful mixed conifer and aspen forest. The aspen clusters are quite amazing, forming white walls against the green lush forest ground. Finishing the steep climb will lead you to an old forest road which leads to the Inner Basin going left. Taking a right, a relatively flat climb will lead you to an amazing, open, alpine like, wild flower (lupine, penstemon, paintbrush etc) covered meadow. With very impressive views all around, you can even see the Grand Canyon.

The Abineau way descent is very steep and slippery. Do be careful and stop/take a look up at the view once in a while! Eventually the trail disappears into the forest and eventually leads to the trailhead fork where you will make a left back to the parking lot.
Trail Distance:  7.1 miles round-trip
Elevation:  8515ft - 10360ft   (change 1845ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Difficult - good physical fitness is a must, large elevation changes
How Crowded:  Occassional passing
Season:  March to October
Accomodations: (on site)   CampingFrom Flagstaff, drive northeast on US 89 for about 12 miles to Forest Road 420 which is across the Sunset Crater turnoff. Taking a left (west) for about 1/2 mile, turn right (north) on Forest Road 552. Turn right at Forest Road 418 and follow approximately 7 miles to Forest Road 9123J. Turn left (south) on Forest Road 9123Ja for about 1 mile to the trailhead.Good dirt road, off-road vehicle not needed.
Lake Bismarck via Little Spring   -   Moderate : 2.4 miles long : 8280ft to 8820ft (change 540ft)
Inner Basin Trail #29   -   Difficult : 4.5 miles long : 8600ft to 9800ft (change 1200ft)
Kachina Trail #150   -   Moderate : 12.2 miles long : 8790ft to 9325ft (change 535ft)
Veit Springs   -   Easy : 1.6 miles long : 8540ft to 8600ft (change 60ft)
Weatherford Trai #102 to Doyle Saddle   -   Difficult : 14.1 miles long : 8020ft to 10816ft (change 2796ft)
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