4.1 miles
77 ft
-1,493 ft
1 mile
High Point

Bob Bear Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Ref Number
  • AKA
    Fossil Creek
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #5919 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Hiking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
  • Land Owner
    Tonto National Forest

This strenuous trail on the Tonto National Forest descends four miles into a 1600' deep canyon before you'll see a drop of water. Loose rock and the steep ascent makes the return climb out challenging. No water is available along the first four miles of trail. In summertime, the hike out can be brutally hot. The trail ends at the historic old dam.

No NOT attempt this trail without sturdy footwear (flip flops have proved disasterous for more than a few hikers), sun screen, and enough food and water to last the whole day.

Access Info

Unlike the other eight parking lots in Fossil Creek, the Bob Bear Trailhead parking lot DOES NOT provide direct access to Fossil Creek's water

More Stats for Bob Bear Trail hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,415 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,279 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,696 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,281 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,448 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,152 ft
  • Avg reverse time
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      Bob Bear Trail Trail Reports

      Jun 24, 2024 @ 10:18pm
      Jun 24, 2024
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
      6 Months
      • 25 rides
      • 8 miles avg distance
      • 70 rides


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      Jan 12, 2021 @ 6:40pm
      Jan 12, 2021

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