Area Status: Open
The Bear Wallow Wilderness was the origin point of, and has been severely affected by, the Wallow Fire of June 2011. The area is currently open to public use and entry, HOWEVER - The trails may not yet been assessed or maintained for hazards associated with the fire. Please keep in mind that any area affected by the wildfire can be prone to hazards such as falling trees, flooding and burned out stump holes. The environment you are entering is highly susceptible to rainstorms and wind events. Any time you enter the forest, you should be aware of your environment and changing weather conditions. You are responsible for your own safety! Always look up, look down, and look all around.
If you're looking for a day hike into the rich streamside habitat and tall forests of the Bear Wallow Wilderness, you may be interested in a couple of loop hikes that begin with this trail. Click here for printable information and map.
As with all Wilderness and Primitive Area trails, this trail is open to hiking and horse use, but all types of motorized and mechanical travel are prohibited.
You could start out on the Reno Trail (# 62), and return to Forest Road 25 by way of the more moderate gradient of the Bear Wallow Trail (# 63). That means you'll be taking the easiest route up and you won't have to climb back up the steep switchbacks of the Reno Trail (#62) as it descends into the Bear Wallow drainage. Or, if you arrange a shuttle in advance, you could hike out of the canyon via the Schell Canyon Trail (#316) and take advantage of some of the great views that trail offers from atop the Mogollon Rim.
The loop around Reno and Bear Wallow is of moderate length (7 miles including a 2.5 mile hike or shuttle between trailheads). The Schell Canyon loop is a bit longer (8.3 miles). If you start early, you'll have time to enjoy the rich plant and animal communities that make a home in the habitat nourished by this secluded wilderness brook. If you like to fish, you may be interested in continuing down Bear Wallow Creek to try your luck at catching some of the native trout that make a home there. The Reno Trail is also a well used primary access route in the Bear Wallow Wilderness. Some forest visitors choose it because it provides the shortest route to the creek and therefore might be the quickest route as well.
Mixed conifers and aspens border the trail along its upper reaches. As the trail drops into the side canyon it will follow to Bear Wallow Creek, clumps of Gambel oak appear more frequently. Tall ponderosa pines and spruces, canyon hardwoods, and associated riparian species mark the junction with the Bear Wallow Trail in North Fork Canyon.
0.0 Reno Trailhead on Forest Road 25 across from Reno Lookout road. Take the footpath trail, not the old logging road, to the south
1.9 Junction with Bear Wallow Trail #63 on the canyon floor. The Schell Canyon Trail #316 is 1.1 miles downstream
USGS Maps: Baldy Bill
At a Glance
||May through October
||No motorized or mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) are permitted in Wilderness.
||Alpine Ranger District
TTY: (928) 339-4566
Drive south on Hwy. 191 from Alpine to Forest Road (FR) 25 and turn right on FR 25. Follow FR 25 approximately 5 miles to the trailhead.
The trail drops 1,120 feet from the trailhead to the junction with Bear Wallow Trail