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Clifton, Arizona Map

on Bear Wallow Trail

4 months ago

We went down the Reno trail then east on the Bear Wallow trail. About 4.5. Left a bike at the begging of Bear Wallow to ride back to the car. The trail down was easy to follow but be careful the trail back up to FR 25 is very hard to find. Glad I brought the GPS.

5 months ago

This is mostly a deer path and not a trail. It is blocked and obscured by fallen trees at least every 100 yards slowing progress to 1mph or less. The photos added here are not good representations of this trail. If you must go here for the solitude keep to the first 2.5 miles as there are a few old campsites. A GPS device is a must. We would not recommend this trail.

trail running
5 months ago

Very beautiful did a few miles trail running, saw a bear poop and turned back!

6 months ago

Did the full loop over two days. Would recommend making it a three day, two night hike. The trail was difficult to find at times and so I would only recommend this trail to very experienced hikers. Also, bring your topo map and GPS unit as they will be needed. Did our hike in June and so the water sources were scarce, in fact only eastern portion of Grants Creek and KP Creek had water. Make sure you pack enough. Very beautiful, rugged and primitive hike.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Took trail to the right down into the canyon. Steep trail drops downhill so watch your technique. Did not do loop but camped at the bottom of the canyon about 4 miles. It was a holiday weekend but hardly anyone around. The first night our campsite was passed by a bear on the opposite side of the creek. I was playing catch and release with some fingerling trout in the creek. Spooked my companion a little (she had never seen a bear outside the zoo). Had to admit it unnerved me a little. The following day we took a day hike up to a fire watch station to the southwest. View was totally worth the climb. Apparently many people hike up the service road as a day hike. Climb back out the following day was strenuous

Sunday, October 02, 2016

The flowing creek here gave Fossil Creek a run for its money. However, the trail itself is mostly gone/destroyed since the 2011 fire.

I do not recommend doing this trail unless you are experienced at terrain navigation or have a GPS (e.g. on your phone or something--make sure it's CHARGED!).

I actually got completely lost on the way back. The part where it forks back east up towards FS25 is basically loosely stomped-down grass patches. I ended up missing it completely and had to climb over a mountaintop from the south to get back to it.

Overall it was a ~20 mile mountain excursion through basically-raw wilderness.

Again, you should not brave this trail unless you're experienced. It has not been maintained at all. Fallen trees are on the trail in a few dozen locations. You can follow the creek for the most part but--this is important--the "trail" portion is mostly gone. You're traversing re-vegetated wilderness.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fun hiking trail. I was not able to complete because I ran low on water. I would suggest doing trail in cooler seasons. The beginning of the trail is about a mile or two down from high way 191 you take a turn off where you can park your car and then proceeded on foot down and old logging road. Look for the trail head sign on the left of the logging road. The trail descends down until you get close to red mt and you start to climb up again. Here the trail is hard to follow look for Ribbon or white string that marks the trail or use gps. Also good camping spot after step accent half way up red mt or almost at the end of trail. Trail could be completed in 2 days but there are no water sources to get water from on trail. I rated it 3 star because of difficulty following and lack of water sources.

Friday, January 27, 2012

I love this place. Fairly strenuous in place due to down trees and elevation change but the serenity and beauty is amazing. Plenty of water for backpacking too. (note) Fire has altered this place and I have not been back to how it has changed. I understand there are places quite destroyed, while others are still pristine but all is showing recover.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

What a great place for backpacking in Summer. My wife and I packed in on July 3rd and stayed 2 days. The environment is spectacular and rugged. The Bear Wallow Trail #63 is usually easy to follow but you will have to deal with many downed trees and cross the stream up to 17 times. It is high in elevation & pretty steep in places, especially the first couple of miles or so and towards the end so know your limits.

What You'll see - Lots of virgin forest and riparian scenery. I saw some of the largest Ponderosa Pines I have ever seen and some really nice Spruce to boot. The clear stream is a great water source and fun for splashing in and great meadows for camping that get you away from the water for safety but close enough you can still hear the flow as you sleep.

Other Things:

Temperatures, plan for them: Even in Summer, nights are chilly and days pleasantly warm. It got down around 40 both nights and around 78 during the day.

People: Saw two people from Saturday-Monday.

Animals: Only saw Trout, Turkey and other birds, many butterflies and a dead elk but it is bear, Mexican wolf and mountain lion country. Keep food/toiletries and other smelly things stored and hung properly away from tents.

Kid Friendly: Not for young children.

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