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Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop

Flagstaff, Arizona

based on 1 reviews



7.04 miles

Elevation Gain

2031 ft

Route Type



Added by Kevin Kaminski

This is an amazing hike to get away from the crowds and to see the fall colors of the Aspen Trees.  

This trail is slightly more hidden on the northern slope of the San Francisco Peaks, but well worth the drive just outside of Flagstaff. Do it during the last week of September, when summer gives it’s last wave goodbye in a spectacle of electric yellow aspen groves. With the exception of occasional elk and black bear, expect plenty of solitude on this trail. If you can tear your eyes away from the shimmering yellow leaves on a clear day, you just might catch a glimpse of the Grand Canyon ninety miles away.

The approach to the trailhead begins in a flat meadow and quickly tightens into single track surrounded by Conifer, Aspen, and Ponderosa Pines. You have two options at the trailhead; Abineau trail to the right is shorter, much steeper and Bear Jaw trail is to the left is a longer, more gradual ascent. A dirt road at the top of each trail completes the middle section of the loop.

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Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop Reviews

I did a portion of Bear Jaw spring 2020 and came back to do the whole loop Oct. 2021. I absolutely love this area. You will definitely find solitude on this trail- it is the perfect escape to experience the beauty of northern AZ. Wind in the aspens, deer & chipmunk sightings, and fresh thin mountain air. The dirt road is quite bumpy with rocks and tree roots. I have seen sedans make it, but I would suggest something with a little more clearance. You gain elevation quickly and we went through patches of snow and ice in late October. Bring layers- there was strong wind and the cold will bite if you take a break. Bring good shoes, like all AZ, it is very rocky. trekking poles came in handy. Cannot recommend this trail enough!

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