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Mount Lemmon–Bear Canyon

Coronado National Forest
Mt. Lemmon, Arizona 85619
Bear Canyon Trail webpage
Bear Canyon map

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Mt. Lemmon–Bear Canyon
Coordinates: 32.369668, -110.6984138
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Mt. Lemmon–Bear Canyon (Cypress, Middle Bear, Chihuahua Pine Picnic Areas)
Coordinates: 32.3731003, -110.6912994
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Mt. Lemmon–Bear Canyon (General Hitchcock Campground)
Coordinates: 32.3771019, -110.6850967
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About Bear Canyon Trails
Bear Canyon Trail provides access to four Forest trails that lead down the mountain from Ladybug Saddle. Ladybug Trail #329, Dutch Henry Canyon Trail #297, Turkey Flat Trail #330 and Ladybug Peak Trail #300 all connect to the Bear Canyon Trail. In addition to offering access to a number of other trails, Bear Canyon Trail provides good views to the south. Among the features you can see from the upper reaches of this trail are the Dos Cabezas Mountains east of Willcox, with the Greasewood Mountains in the foreground and Sulphur Springs Valley in the distance. Closer in, you’ll enjoy good views of the lower slopes and southern peaks of the Pinaleños as well. The trail essentially starts among mixed conifer forest surroundings and drops down to an oak- and juniper-dotted desert grassland. As you might suspect, Bear Canyon is a good place to see black bears which are quite common on this mountain range. (Remember that bears are secretive creatures, and usually you have to be looking for them to see them.) Bear Canyon Trail is also a good place to see a much smaller predator–ladybugs, lots of them. Ladybug Peak Trail #300 branches off the main trail and leads to the summit of Ladybug Peak. Here, during the summer, rocks and trees are sometimes covered with these aphid-eating insects.

South facing views (most trails here face north). From mountain surroundings to the desert. Clustering ladybugs (sometimes). A good place to see bear and other wildlife. USGS Map(s): Mt. Graham. Because of a large number of junctions with other trails along this route, a topographic map (which you should have with you on any venture into the backcountry) can help ensure against moments of confusion.
From Bear Canyon Trail webpage

Tips for birding Mount Lemmon
Take Catalina Highway northeast from Tanque Verde Road. For desert and mountain species, stop at picnic and campgrounds (Molina Basin, Bear Canyon, Rose Canyon Lake and others) as you drive the narrow, winding road to high elevations.
From Tucson Audubon Society