August 2011: Hiking the San Francisco Mountains

In Flagstaff for a research retreat, Rex and I took an afternoon hike up Abineau Canyon in the San Francisco Mountains. The rain and cold cut short what would have been a longer hike.
The black bear we spotted from inside the car.  Better than running into it while hiking! : hike, mountains, rain, thunderstorm, climb, black bear  The north side of the San Francisco Mountains. : hike, mountains, rain, thunderstorm, climb  Where are we going?  And why aren't we going there faster? : hike, mountains, rain, thunderstorm, climb  Beautiful mountain meadows please me in the summer time! : hike, mountains, rain, thunderstorm, climb 
Rex owns the trail! : hike, mountains, rain, thunderstorm, climb  The troupe hikes along. : hike, mountains, rain, thunderstorm, climb  The trail gets steeper still! : hike, mountains, rain, thunderstorm, climb  And then it started raining harder and colder. : hike, mountains, rain, thunderstorm, climb 
Avalanche leftovers! : hike, mountains, rain, thunderstorm, climb  Lance leads the way, but we decided to turn around at this point on account of not being prepared for the cooler, wetter weather. : hike, mountains, rain, thunderstorm, climb  "Okay, I'll lead the way back down too!", says Lance. : hike, mountains, rain, thunderstorm, climb  More aspens! : hike, mountains, rain, thunderstorm, climb 
Pascal in front of some aspens. : hike, mountains, rain, thunderstorm, climb  Almost back to the car. : hike, mountains, rain, thunderstorm, climb