Bear Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This hike loops through a remote section of the Blue Range over the easternmost portion of the Mogollon Rim via the Lanphier Canyon, WS Mountain, and Largo Creek Trails, with an optional shorter loop, as well as a short side hike to the top of Bear Mountain. Attractions include views of much of the eastern Blue Range. Campsites are plentiful but water is scarce, especially during late summer and fall.
Starting from the Blue Trailhead, cross the Blue River and follow Trail 52 along the east side of Lanphier Creek. After 0.6 mile, Trail 51 comes in from the right; this will be the return trail. For now, stay left on Trail 52 and follow it southeast as the canyon gradually ascends through ponderosa pine forest. The trail stays near the creek with its seasonal flow until you have gone 2.5 miles, then it climbs away on the left and traverses a bench high above the creek."