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Point Trail - West Clear Creek, AZ
2011-07-0812 by
 
Payson, AZ
 
Canyoneering7.20 Miles          
750 ft AEG   
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This was a quick overnight hike down into beautiful West Clear Creek for a little fishing and relaxation. The road in off 260 is in great shape. Cars of all sorts made it to the trailhead. Funny, but I can remember when all of these gravel roads would be packed with campers on a Friday afternoon. I think that too many people won't go camping if they can't have a fire??? At 3PM on Friday there were 7 cars at the trailhead. I saw one guy with two dogs on the way down and he was the only person I saw. It had just rained and the trail was muddy and slick (BE CAREFUL). It was also very humid and I was soaked with sweat by the time I reached the bottom. I hiked upstream to the first elevated campsite on the left because I heard thunder in the distance. Just as I set up my hammock it started to rain. It only rained for 10 minutes. I was getting my fishing gear together when I heard more thunder. I tied my trusty blue tarp to the trees and settled in to wait this one out. It rained hard and hailed for about 30 minutes. The Hennesy hammock kept me cozy and dry! Caught a few wild rainbows before sunset on dry flies (#18 Wulff). Temps dropped to 57 degrees by morning. Fished a little while longer. Caught 7 rainbows and 1 brown on brown beadheads #16. Heard a large group of kids yelling upstream so it was time to head out. The trail up was less wet and slippery but just as humid, was soaked again with sweat at the top. Still 7 cars there and no one camping anywhere along the drive out to 260.
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