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Bob Bear Trail [CLOSED] is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pine, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. 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 8.3 mi Elevation gain 1,505 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Cave

Forest

Hot springs

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Scramble

Washed out

Closed

No shade

Fee

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Getting There

Closed as of July 2. Wildfires have burned more than 224,500 acres and there is ongoing, extreme fire danger due to dry conditions and hot temperatures. A permit is required to drive/hike here from April 1 - October 1. $6.00 fee to go there. The road is closed west of this trail, so visitors must drive from Strawberry, AZ area. Please note that although dogs are allowed on leash, this may be a difficult journey for them. Also lots of hikers recommend bringing extra water in frozen bottles.

There is a restroom at the trailhead.

Call the Payson Ranger District (Tonto NF) if you have questions about conditions. 928-474-7900. Trail info: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/null/recarea/?recid=35627&actid=50

There is no water and little shade for the first 3.75 miles of the trail. The temperatures can get very hot and cell service is not good. Be sure to come prepared with sun protection and plenty of water to avoid complications.

Starting from Stawberry, AZ, take Fossil Creek RD. and make a right to Bob Bear Parking lot.

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Reviews (701)
Photos (439)
Recordings (499)
Completed (1410)
Melissa Cobb
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HikingGreat!

Was very Rocky, no shade some as you approach the damn. The springs is good area to fill up water bottles fresh water. Going back save water for the climb, if you are not from AZ don’t hike flagstaff or in the valley the way back will be challenging, if you are a avid hill climber this will test your heart rate.

Eric Krich
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HikingRocky

the hike down is quick and easy. you need to be ready for the hike back up. maybe my age caught up with me today but up was tough for me. however much water you think of bringing double it and think if ways to keep it cold for the hike out. otherwise, the falls are amazing. lots of swimming and jumping in. we brought a hammock and enjoyed the shade.

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Amy Vinarsky
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Alexa Cerra
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

All around good hike! easy on the way down for sure but if you aren’t in decent physical condition, you’ll be sucking wind on the way up. Especially if it’s mid afternoon & you’ve tired yourself out from swimming. My friend had to give a couple some water from her gallon 3/4 of the way up - so bring more water than u think u need - I like to freeze bottles. Other than that beautiful views & waterfall / cave were rad.

Sally Hernandez
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Amazing hike , easy way down but kinda hard coming back up, it gets super hot so bring extra water and cooling rag . Waterfall is amazing and the under water cave is unbelievable!!!!! We brought floaties to chill there , cave is kinda deep. Again a lot of water , maybe frozen bottles of water for the way back bc is so freaking HOT and there is barely any shade.

Justin Charlebois
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Hiking

Great hike, little warm with hail lol

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Athina Thorson
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Hiking

This hike is now open with a permit as of July 31st! Easy going in, on the way out was difficult only because of the heat and lack of shade; the elevation isn’t bad most of the way out. Going in, at the fork with the sign for fossil spring and fossil dam, go right towards the dam, the hike to the spring is overrun currently and more difficult.

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Amanda C
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HikingNo shade
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Lou Lou Cecilia
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Hiking

This trail is in the Coconino National forest, not the tonto national forest and is open.

Sally Hernandez
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Hiking

Is this open now?

Bob Philippe
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Hiking

This was my first hike and I absolutely love it. It’s a breeze getting to the water... but going back for at least the first mile and a half was kinda tough and I’m somewhat in shape lol. Nonetheless, this hike is worth every step. I will definitely do it again.

Erika French
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HikingFeeNo shade

Definitely a hard hike! That's coming from moderate hikers. I'd recommend you start early. We started at just before noon and finished just before 6. The waterfall was definitely a nice refresher after the 4.5 miles in. To get to the waterfall, follow the trail all the way until you get to the trailhead that says Springs/Dam. Go in the direction of the dam and you'll find a nice area to have lunch and relax. We stayed down there for about an hour. Swam and even got to explore the cave in the creek. Definitely would pack tons of water. I myself had 160oz of water. Would definitely come back with hiking boots. We had hiking shoes, but still got blisters on our toes.

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Viviana Aguilar
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HikingRocky

Had a great time! But writing this review to warn about snakes! It was about 5:30 pm on my hike out and during my last mile and a half i saw two snakes rattling at us on the sides. So scary but i think they were more active since it was cooling down. But yes be aware they are along the trail.

Felix De La O
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HikingNo shade

Worth the hike. Bring lots of water, don’t over do it on the swimming...the hike back up will test you.

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Morgan Chacon
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Hiking

So fun! My friend and I started hiking at around 1:30 and got to the waterfall at 3:30. The beginning of the hike is downhill, so although we started the hike at the hottest part of the day it was still easy. We started hiking back up at 5, and it’s pretty uphill, but the sun was lower so it was nice and cool. Since the sun doesn’t set until around 7:40 we had a lot of time to get back up to the car and watch the sunset! First sign you find follow the fossil creek trail, then at the second sign you see take the trail to the dam. Bring at least a gallon of water and a Powerade!

Tina Coffaro
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HikingNo shade

Awesome trail !! Difficult on way out with no shade and elevation difference. Bring more water !

Tammy Aponte
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HikingRocky

This hike is Absolutely beautiful! Make sure to save energy for the way back out! Give yourself plenty of time and water! We ate & enjoyed swimming in the grado where the water was so refreshing after the hike in. We were lucky to have a nice breeze coming through too & it helped immencely in 94° weather when leaving. I was concerned because the 1st sign we saw said this does not lead to the Creek. However, when you get about 3 miles in you see a sign that says fossil Creek Springs.... follow that sign till you see the sign that says dam this way. Then your about 1 mile from the waterfall. Wish I took a picture of the signs because we were concerned about going the wrong way. However I saw a pictures that someone else posted and that helped a lot.

Westen W
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Hiking

Tough hike that's worth the journey! If you are not trained up for hiking at all and are just lured in by the water and swimming that await you, you will likely have an unpleasant (at best) time on the hike out. Do not take this lightly. On our way out, Search and Rescue was heading in to save someone who was in over their head. Take plenty of water with you on the hike out. Take breaks, as needed. Also, keep it clean... it's a beautiful place -- let's not trash it!

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Jacob Belch
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HikingScramble

June 18– very hot afternoon into a cool evening. Sunset at 2013. Swam into the cave after the scramble following the dam.

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Colby Mark
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HikingRockyScramble
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Stephanie Davern
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HikingFee

Definitely not recommend for kids. Gorgeous spot. Was worth the hike but was difficult coming up. When people say bring more water than you think you need, believe them! Bring frozen bottles so they stay cold for the way up. Saw a couple snakes. Pack in-pack out.

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Alleah Pellegrino
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Hiking

This trail is beautiful and worth the end goal of the waterfall HOWEVER, do your research. We have hiked all over the US and have to say this one tops the list as being one of the hardest. Here’s why: The first half is downhill and is quite easy other than the rocky terrain in parts, the second half however, is quite strenuous between the rocky terrain, lack of shade, steep incline in spots, and the heat it makes for a rough 2 hours. Bring LOTS of water, sunscreen, water shoes if you plan on swimming, a hat, and sturdy hiking shoes. Go early and be smart about it. Lastly, it says no dogs for a reason. It is way too hot for a dog and the lack of shade doesn’t help. The waterfall is 100% worth it!

E.L. Miller
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Hiking

This is one of my favorite hikes in Arizona. It’s not that easy, but it’s not too bad compared to others I’ve done. The hardest part is going back up. I overheated and had a difficult time. Had to stop every 200 feet or so. I recommend hiking back after 4 pm. It’s less hot and makes it more manageable. Every step of the way is absolutely breathtaking so this hike is worth the day trip.

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