The Little Bear Canyon Trail is a 4.5 mile trail that starts from TJ Corral near the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and ends at the Middle Fork Trail – Trail #157.
Trail Condition: Good
From the junction with the Middle Fork Trail – Trail #157, the Little Bear Canyon Trail starts up a narrow slot canyon.
NOTE: The first 1/4 mile of this trail is through an extremely narrow canyon and would present significant danger during a flash flood. Be mindful of the weather before choosing this route.
After the first 1/4 mile, Little Bear Canyon opens up and the trail eventually turns into a sandy wash. As it flattens out, you’ll pass the junction for the Lilley Park Trail.
Trail #729 eventually climbs up and over the plateau separating the West and Middle Forks. This part of the trail offers little shade and can be extremely hot.
The trail ends near the Scorpion Campground at TJ Corral.
To read more about the Little Bear Canyon Trail, see my trip report from the West Fork-Middle Fork Gila River.