Bear Canyon Lake is not directly accessible by vehicle (there's no boat ramp). The majority of campgrounds on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are primitive and offer dispersed camping. The main attraction is Bear Canyon Lake, a beautiful, canyon-bound lake. Lots of people at the lake fishing on a Friday. You won’t get lost, but a tad bit rough. Again, Bear Canyon elevation is about 7,600 feet so summer high temperatures will be in the high 70s or low 80s. Opens in May. 2748 East AZ 260 Officially this trail is not a loop and appears as a one way trail on official Forest Service trail maps. There is little shallow water, except at the upper end of the lake. Couldn’t carry heavy chairs to lake because of hike down so only carried light chairs. From Payson. Played on blow up rafts on the lake several times. The camping area include numerous, spacious campsites spread out among the pines, in a relatively flat area above the Lake. There vault toilets seasonally. Established trail side we did see other hikers. If you choose to camp outside developed areas, be sure to bring adequate water or be prepared to purify any water source before drinking. There is no entry or camping fee. July through early September marks the monsoon season in Arizona with the Mogollon Rim getting more than its fair share of rainfall. All in all a pretty place to camp. Is this a place or activity you would suggest for, Is this a place or activity you would go to on a, Is this a romantic place or activity that you would suggest for, Bear Canyon Lake Road Turn off NM35, 2.7 miles north of Mimbres, Hanover, NM 88041, Nice place to get away but still close to stuff. No permits are required to camp in Wilderness areas. About 50% of this hike is not on an official USFS trail. This was our first time here and it was so pretty there were a lot of trees everywhere. A scenic tour of bear canyon lake. Bear Canyon Lake is steep, as well as deep. When you get there, park where you want and set up camp is you plan on camping. It's a short hike, but there are some steeper places. Our neighbors one day had music blasting until 1am But I'm sure that's not always the case?? Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. Woods Canyon is the most popular and can get quite busy during the summer, especially on weekends. The other side was not really a trail more like walking on a hillside. The area also has hiking trails. So sad people don't clean up after them selves! We kept going a tiny bit to another lot. Despite being several miles down dirt roads and having few amenities, it draws many visitors. From Payson, travel east on Hwy 260, turn left on Rim Rd (Fr 300) across from the Mogollon Rim Visitor Center. It’s one of the prettiest spots in the Sitgreaves side of the National Forest. No bait allowed, lures only, brown/rainbow trout, grayling. But that adds to it quiet charm. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. From either parking area, well marked and maintained trails lead down a steep slope, switchbacking about 1/4 mile down 150 vertical feet to the shoreline. If you don't like hikes, I recommend that you stop at Woods Canyon Lake. Bear Canyon Lake is on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Lots (dozens) of people around lake on Friday mid-day. I was surprised there weren’t more people because so much of Payson is closed down. Camping is considered undeveloped. 1 Restaurant within 5 miles. I would still want a 4x4 just in case. These forest road campsites, located around the Rim Lakes Recreation Area, are also a great backup when the designated campgrounds are full. Near Mile Post 291, travel west on Forest Road 300 (Rim Road) for about 12 miles. There is no garbage service. I was quite impressed with this area and would recommend making the trip. It’s hard on knees and ankles if you have issues. Fish using small spinners and lures. There are different camping areas some accommodate 10 people others 20 so be on the lookout for that. Best nearby. Too much trash though. It took about 20ish minutes to hike down to lakeside. Felt longer than 3.5 miles but was a gorgeous day. Bear Canyon Lake Road Turn off NM35, 2.7 miles north of Mimbres, Hanover, NM 88041. Still, vehicle access to two parking areas on the lake's west side along Forest Road 89A is available. The area is covered with thick forests of Douglas-fir and Ponderosa pine and features three man-made lakes: Woods Canyon, Willow Springs, and Bear Canyon Lakes. Definitely NOT a loop. It is only accessible via gravel roads, so it takes a while to get there. Nice shady hike with Great Lake view. The lake is overly crowded near the campground. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. Relaxing stroll around the lake! Write a review. Let the world see your experience through your eyes. Live bait is not permitted. Website. It is a canyon-bound lake that is narrow but when full its maximum depth is about 50 feet.
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