hiking
blowdown
off trail
rocky
washed out
6 hours ago

Bear Canyon Lake is on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Officially this trail is not a loop and appears as a one way trail on official Forest Service trail maps. It follows the west side of the lake. The east side of the lake is a user developed fisherman’s trail. The west side has some large trees on the trail. You’ll need to do a little bit of rock climbing to get around them. The user developed trail on the east side is a semi-difficult hike in spots. The hillside is steeper, so your walking at an angle, rock climbing and trying not to fall in the lake. It’s hard on knees and ankles if you have issues. Bring a walking stick to keep your balance. Overall the scenery is spectacular! It’s one of the prettiest spots in the Sitgreaves side of the National Forest.

Beautiful trail. A little of everything. Bring hiking boots. A lot of rock climbing and going down as well. Easy to get lost. Hiked about a half a mile pass a turn and had to return. Very beautiful.

mountain biking
20 hours ago

There’s a NO Trespassing sign posted by the city of Phoenix. We saw other people bike riding, so we winged it. Nice flat bike trail. Lots of mosquitoes which kept getting stuck on my lips due to Vaseline. Once you reach swamp, loud, foul smell. Saw father/ son riding horse. Two guys fishing. More dog & horse poop than I would have liked to have seen.

Very nice trail - with some views of Sedona. The loop over by Ogden lake leads to some private roads but it seemed fine.

running
2 days ago

Nice smooth and level trail (not that many flat trails in Prescott) with great views of the dells and the lakes. Lots of people out on the trail. Plenty of benches for a rest. No parking fee on Wednesday (normally $3).

hiking
2 days ago

This one was nice and relaxing. Great views and family friendly. Found some great spots to take a dip and cool off. Oh yeah, came really close to several burros!

Nice trail! I hiked the trail clockwise and glad I did because it was a steeper climb than counterclockwise would have been . As a mountain biker also, I would have done the trail counterclockwise. About 50 percent in the shade in the morning. At the top of the loop I did a trail closer to the lake which barely changes the miles and was beautiful but more people . Great trail for exercise, took almost 3 hours with several stops. Mostly packed dirt with some small rocks. Would do this trail again for sure.

hiking
3 days ago

Delightful, relaxing trail with a multitude of water birds and their varied songs!

bugs
no shade
3 days ago

parking is on the side of the highway near the sign that says Arizona Trail. you have to walk across the highway to the sign that says AZ 88 and that is where the trail begins. the hike is absolutely gorgeous and I would love to do it again but the gnats made us miserable. we were swarmed with hundreds of them that followed us the entire hike! they were trying to go in my nose, my mouth, and every time I stopped moving they would all land on my legs and arms. they didn't bite, but I hated the feeling. I will probably try to go back in winter to see if the gnats are gone then. if you are willing to brave the gnats, I recommend long pants and sleeves. I hiked this without hiking poles but also slipped (but didn't fall) a few times going back down because the path is all loose rocks. if you make it to the 2nd saddle you get a lovely view of Roosevelt Lake on one side and Apache Lake on the other side.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice park for an after dinner walk. Very easy.

road biking
no shade
rocky
3 days ago

walking
3 days ago

Too many mosquitoes! Nice little trail

bird watching
rocky
4 days ago

Not all of it is clearly marked, would’ve gotten lost if not for this app.

hiking
off trail
scramble
4 days ago

This trail recording needs to be updated/fixed. Or another trail needs to be made. Following this will make you climb rocks (probably unnecessarily as i backtracked and it appeared there was an easier path). At the rock in my picture stay straight/left and follow it around to backside of trail/mountain. I think. This had some nice views but if you want verified badge it is a lot harder than it needs to be. Very poorly marked in general as well. So good place to go hiking just be aware of where you are so you don’t get too lost.

Good quick hike, but would have preferred to gain more elevation.

very flat hike. Didn't gain much elevation. it was a good distance

hiking
4 days ago

If you love the forest, this is a beautiful trail. Encountered wildlife. Visually stunning. Mini ridge line thru the forest. Took an extra detour down to the lake for a snack. Sound of the forest with small wind was heaven. And, the scent of pine is an added plus.

I had a great time biking here. I went early so the weather was nice. I would not recommend biking on the pedestrian bridge because it can get quite narrow and many group walkers like to walk side by side. there's another way to get to the other side of the lake if you follow the trail up and cross the other bridge along the main road there's less foot traffic there.

Relaxing stroll around the lake! Does get a little rocky in some parts due to the fact that on one side of the lake there is not a well defined trail. You won’t get lost, but a tad bit rough. Great views and very relaxing!

Did the 4.7 mile loop around the lake earlier today (Wife and girls 7 and 10). Started off clockwise from the parking lot with highest overlook. Definately a good decision as the first 3 miles was very rocky and a lot of climbing up and down big boulders but also several flat sandy paths. Not a scary or dangerous hike at all but be cautious at all times and wear proper footwear (no flip flops). Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Took just over 2 1/2 hours but we also took it easy and enjoyed the nice views where possible. Final 1.7 miles (or so) was totally flat and straight out.

Please let others you encounter know how many in your party. I've done this one 3 times, 2 on foot 1 on bike. I biked it today. Great trail. Definitely recommend counter-clockwise because its a long downhill almost the entire way after you pass the lake. I would NOT want to climb it. The downhill parts are the scariest I've ever done without dismounting to walk, because I am stupid. Had to lower my seat all the way and extend my arms to stay over the bike. My traps are on fire. Almost no part of me is not sore. Gonna feel that tomorrow. I feel it right now. Parking was totally full today at Goldwater, People were being turned away. White spar was pretty packed.

5-22-20 Nice Easy Hike! Be sure to enjoy the waterfall and the ducks :)

hiking
5 days ago

I loved this hike. Parking is limited, so I would go early. Saw very few people which is good. Maybe one of the most scenic hikes I’ve done at the Superstition Mountains. If you are active you can do this..the trail is clearly marked, and it is wide. Its a lot of uphill going in and going out. Def snake country, and we talked to a couple hikers that saw one( not a rattlesnake), but it’s the desert, so just be mindful and aware. Where the trail ends is so gorgeous, it’s a must see.

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