Fall Hikes in Flagstaff - Abineau Trail / Bear Jaw Trail
|Snow covers the mountains and the trail, in May.|
In some ways I'm reluctant to talk about this hike because it's never busy and I don't want that to change--but the sometimes rough forest road and distance from Flagstaff (about 45-60 minutes from Downtown) as well as the lack of massive aspen stands like the more-popular Locket Meadow will probably prevent too much traffic. I don't think I've ever seen more than 8 or 9 cars in the parking lot, hopefully it doesn't change much.
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This trail is a lasso loop that can be tackled clockwise or counter. While both directions offer a challenging elevation gain of 1920'. the counter-clockwise direction climbs that elevation over about 2 miles, while the clockwise direction spreads the work over about 4 miles. Either way, your legs are going to get a workout! It's up to you to decide if your quads are going to burn from pulling you up the mountain or from bringing you down.
|Entering the aspen.|
|The view north where Abineau and Watershed meet.|
|The view up Abineau Trail, snow patches strategically on the trail...|