Best Loop Hikes Arizona
by Bruce Grubbs (The Mountaineers Books)
© Bruce Grubbs/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
We did the reverse of the trail guide and went up Bear Jaw and down Abineau. Although we have nothing to compare it to, having done the hike only once, we thought this was an equally good way to go. Going up Bear Jaw, the trail is skinny, steep, and rocky, but when you hit Waterline, the trail widens considerably and becomes much more comfortable. The views of both Humphrey's and the distant country are amazing at the top, which is a great place to sit and have a bite to eat. The trek down Abineau Canyon is a little treacherous at first, with slippery gravel and rocks, but it doesn't last very long, and the rest of the hike down is quite easy. Although I haven't done a ton of hikes yet in the area, I was very impressed with this one and would definitely do it again. I posted pictures that will give you a better sense of the hike.
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