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Abineau Trail to Bear Jaw Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.9 mi Elevation gain 1,876 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

Directions from Flagstaff: Take US 89 north for 14 miles to FR 418. Go west on FR 418 for 7 miles to FR 9123J (about one mile east of Reese Tank). Go south on FR 9123J for 1.2 miles to the trailhead.

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Gary Nelson
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Hiking

Great hike! Even though I am a Flagstaff local, I just had never hiked this one yet. My pedometer app had this as 7.8 miles, so I think the 1/2 mile access trail is not included in the mileage, as another reviewer below stated. Also, the next 2 miles on Abineau Trail is a real ass kicker, like someone else said. It is hard! Saw very few people. This is a very nice hike and will now be one of my favorites.

AllTrails User
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Hiking

Great trail not too hot in the forest

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Buzzard Breath
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Lots of Aspen. No water so bring your own. One of our party has bad knees so went up Abineau which was a bit of a butt kicker but worth it. Bear Jaw was much easier on the knees to come down. Didn’t realize that the top of the loop is along a road. It was lovely. Would do it again. Only saw about a dozen people even though the trailhead parking lot was pretty full.

Ashey Ann
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BugsRockyScramble

Fantastic views from the top of Abineau looking out to the north rim! we went up abineau to pipeline to bear jaw, started at TH at 8am and lot was half full. Abinau is shorter and steeper but going up bear jaw would not be a picnic either as it was rooty, rocky, loose soil at parts and more sun. road is not great to get there, so glad we had high clearance and tough tires.

Lori Bonnell
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HikingBugsScramble

Did this yesterday; starting with Abineau and not Bear Jaw was a real ass kicker! Granted, shouldn't have drank the night before, so being hung coupled with the altitude was a real challenge! Was very warm but a nice breeze at the top with a gorgeous view! Tiny bit of snow left. Slippery in places coming down Bear Jaw, lots of tree scrambling. Sunscreen and lots of water for sure. Oh, and I didn't realize the long very bumpy 7 mile dirt road to get there and this gps marked it about .5 off so keep going if you don't see it! Oh, and tons of bugs but nothing bothersome.

Joe Baranauskas
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

OMG!!! This place is amazing! Needed to come up with a name for my YouTube channel. 2ndWind.com 2ndChance.com 2ndLife.com

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e b
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HikingBugsRocky

This is a very nice and beautiful hike! My boyfriend and I, mid 20-30 year olds in ok to decent shape, went up in mid June and it was great. Getting there: we took the West route from Flag there and then accidentally took the east route back to Flag. Our Toyota Corolla made it both ways (although it was pretty bumpy on the eats route and we underestimated the height of a rock and scraped the bottom of our car on the West route) so most cars should be able to make it! We went all the way to the parking lot area that is only visible using Google maps satellite feature. We got there around 11:45 and the parking lot was already packed, but we didn't bump into that many people on the trail. The hike: We took Abineau to bear jaw which I think is the better option especially for people with knee or balance issues. Abineau is very steep and has many loose rocks/sandy areas so it would be difficult to get down. We didn't have an issue finding the turn for bearjaw, but we were checking the alltrials app pretty constantly to make sure we didn't miss it. It's pretty easy to spot if you're paying a little bit of attention. We really enjoyed the views of Humphreys and if you turn around, you'll see some great views going up Abineau. There are some trees to hop over, but nothing treacherous. This hike felt like a mix of the kachina and elden trails. It took us around 5 hours including stopping for lunch and pictures. There wasn't any snow on the trail although we hiked near some patches. There are definitely a good amount of bugs right now, but no biters. It's maybe 1/3 to 1/2 shaded and a little bit cooler than flag. Overall a very nice hike when it's a hot day in Flagstaff!

Heather Franzmeier
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Hiking

Great hike! Recommend for anyone looking for great views and a little challenge. Trail had just the right amount of shade and sun. Beautiful.

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Leah Thistle
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HikingBlowdownBugsScramble
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Chris V
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Hiking

Overnight. The wind was REAL. Amazing sunset and views.

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Jennifer Harper
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BlowdownRocky

First, this is 8miles, not 6.8. They do not calculate the 0.6 to get to the trail head sign from the parking area and back (1.2extra), unless you can teleport there. Also the directions take you about a 1/2 mile short of turn to parking lot. That aside, it's a great trail. Going counter clockwise is a real butt kicker and the top where you turn and start across is not well mark/trail obscured by trees/rubble. Download the map! Tons of shade, didn't see many people.

DR Waldo
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Hiking

Awesome hike my new favorite in Flagstaff. Canopied almost the whole trail . Well groomed and marked for easy directions. Air gets a little thin at 10,000 feet but if you are in good condition no problems. Pack extra water and bring a jacket - hiking poles are good to have as it gets dicey in certain areas.

Daniel Wood
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HikingRocky
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Shell Gcoble
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Hiking

Awesome trail and beautiful views. Plenty of shade as well!

Joseph Rojo
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HikingBugsRocky

Beautiful trail. If you decide to go up the Abineau trail first; be prepared as it is hard and you have to climb over a lot of trees. Definitely worth it!

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Sean Terrillion
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HikingRockySnow

Abineau to Waterline to Bear Jaw is the best way IMO because you have a good view of Humphrey's versus having that to your back coming down it. There are still a couple of snow patches up top on Abineau and Waterline. Also, hiking and horses only, there's "Mountain Biking" listed on this trail but the trail slabs say no to it as well as no to motorized vehicles.

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Joshua Pollock
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HikingBlowdownBugsRockySnow

Really beautiful trail. Snow still on Abineau but it is doable in Nikes. Watch for the Karins to guide you at the top of Abineau as they were helpful for us. On the way down, keep track of where the turn from Waterline to Bear Jaw is. We didn’t see it and ended up adding 2 miles onto our hike. The trail has many trees to climb over along it due to the blow down in ‘02. Nothing too bad. Bring lots of water and sunscreen.

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