Bear Wallow Trail

Alpine, Arizona

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An overnight backpack into the Bear Wallow Wilderness. The creek meanders and splashes its way through virgin oldgrowth forest of Douglas fir, spruce, and ponderosa pine. Along the trail grow wild strawberries, wild geraniums, New Mexican locust, limber pine, and poison ivy—beware. Red squirrels and chipmunks are common. Bear Wallow is one of the few creeks in Arizona where native Apache trout have been reintroduced. This trout was almost wiped out by overfishing, the introduction of nonnative fish, and dam projects. In 1884, rancher Pete Slaughter drove cattle into this valley and reported seeing numerous bear wallows along the creek where bruins had come to ward off pesky flies. Black bears still roam the area, as do elk, mule deer, and mountain lion. Also, the howl of a Mexican wolf might break the evening quiet. In 1998 Mexican wolves were released into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest after having been eliminated from Arizona by 1970.

Bear Wallow Trail Professional Review and Guide

"An overnight backpack into the Bear Wallow Wilderness. The creek meanders and splashes its way through virgin oldgrowth forest of Douglas fir, spruce, and ponderosa pine. Along the trail grow wild strawberries, wild geraniums, New Mexican locust, limber pine, and poison ivy—beware. Red squirrels and chipmunks are common. Bear Wallow is one of the few creeks in Arizona where native Apache trout have been reintroduced. This trout was almost wiped out by overfishing, the introduction of nonnative fish, and dam projects.

In 1884, rancher Pete Slaughter drove cattle into this valley and reported seeing numerous bear wallows along the creek where bruins had come to ward off pesky flies. Black bears still roam the area, as do elk, mule deer, and mountain lion. Also, the howl of a Mexican wolf might break the evening quiet. In 1998 Mexican wolves were released into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest after having been eliminated from Arizona by 1970."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Alpine
Distance: 15.2
Elevation Gain: 2,050 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best June to October
Trailhead Elevation: 9,000 feet
Top Elevation: 9,000 feet
Local Contacts: Alpine Ranger District, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Hoodoo Knob, Baldy Bill Point; Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Wallow Trail

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May 2018