Welcome to Mountain Chicks! Today founder Dani brings you to the windy trails of Flagstaff's San Francisco Peaks via the Bear Jaw/Abineau loop. Aspens, mountains and neature- what else could #mtnchicks ask for? Enjoy the post and remember to become an official member of the Mountain Chicks crew when you're done!
Okay so I’ve been busy. I guess by “busy” I mean I’ve been partially consumed with other things like gym, family, and friends (I know such a hard life…*sarcasm*), which means I haven’t had much time to get a good hike in. One that’s like more than a few miles. So this past weekend I decided I’d drag my boyfriend (kidding) out to Flagstaff and pay a visit to Mother Nature. After much debate and Google searches, we decided on the Bear Jaw/ Abineau loop.
The day started with a beautiful 46 degree morning on the back side of Humphrey’s Peak. This trail is super secluded so we were the only ones there *thumbs up* and I had my new REI puffy vest on *double thumbs up* because if you live in AZ, you know there’s seriously a limited amount of time for puffy vest worthy weather. Once we strapped on our packs we headed straight for the trail.
After walking for about .3mi we came to a fork. There’s a cute registry here for you to sign in and leave any comments about the trail thus far. The BF and I chose to take a right onto Abineau because we were told there wasn’t much of a view on this side of the loop. Saving the best for last seemed liked the best option. The trail was completely tree covered. It felt like a Christmas wonderland with so many pines and aspens in every corner. We yelled the occasional “Hey bear!” just in case one of those furry guys was around the corner.
Other than trees, the Google searches were right, there wasn’t too much to see here, but it was beautiful nonetheless. And not to mention that the pine trees out here would put your car freshener to shame any day of the week.
2 hours passed and we found ourselves in an open area facing Humphrey’s. There was a bit of snow on the ground but nothing crazy so we kept trekking along. Seriously though peeps it was WINDY up there. Like not the day to wear a wig if that’s you. This leg of the hike also includes a MAJOR booty workout- just sayin’. Once we finally made it to the top, the view was absolutely gorgeous. In the distance you could see the purple and blue painted valley of Flag as well as the Grand Canyon. Amazing.
A few snacks later we started heading down Bear Jaw. The scenery changed instantly and we found ourselves completely engulfed by aspens. We ran into 3 people on our way down, which was kind of surprising considering we hadn’t seen anyone else the whole time. This part of the loop was pretty easy. Then again it was a marginally steep descend down the mountain. Honestly, Bear Jaw was probably my favorite part of the whole hike. So. Many. Aspens. I couldn’t get over it.
It took us about 2 additional hours to finally get to the bottom of the trail where we took a much needed stretch. Completed the day with a trip to Macys for coffee and a Chipotle stop. 10/10 would do this again! Here's some of the fast facts for ya.
Well my fellow frans and Mountain Chicks, happy trails and happy Thanksgiving! Remember to tag #mtnchicks in your adventures and become a member on our site! You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram.
Dani is the Founder of Mountain Chicks and the primary author of the Mtn Chicks Blog. Here you'll find outdoor tips, travel experiences, gear reviews and more.