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Turkey Trail #217, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Payson > Payson N
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,190 feet
Elevation Gain -1,506 feet
Accumulated Gain 143 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.58
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Collective Slideshow
8  2018-09-02
Geronimo-Turkey-West Webber
KBKB
7  2016-02-19
Geronimo #240 to West Webber #228
The_N
14  2013-07-29
Turkey Trail via Geronimo
guyinthewoods
15  2013-07-20
East Webber Canyon - Turkey Trail Loop
joebartels
19  2013-07-20
East Webber Canyon-Turkey Trail Loop
The_Eagle
3  2011-04-30
East Webber via Geronimo
toddak
10  2010-09-12 hikerdw
29  2010-08-08
East Webber via Geronimo
Tough_Boots
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Preferred   Sep, May, Oct, Jun → 7 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:31am - 5:43pm
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West Webber #228 to Geronimo #240
West Webber #228 to Geronimo #240
1.3 mi away
4.1 mi
1,555 ft
West Webber Trail #228
West Webber Trail #228
1.3 mi away
1.9 mi
1,498 ft
Geronimo - West Webber Connector
Geronimo - West Webber Connector
1.6 mi away
1.4 mi
632 ft
East Rim Trail - BSA
1.7 mi away
East Webber Trail #289
East Webber Trail #289
1.9 mi away
2.0 mi
911 ft
Stradling Canyon - BSA
Stradling Canyon - BSA
2.0 mi away
1.5 mi
1,070 ft
Rim View Trail - BSA
2.3 mi away
2.4 mi
888 ft
Friendship Loop - Camp Lo Mia
2.3 mi away
Pine Canyon Loop - aka Deep Pools
Pine Canyon Loop - aka Deep Pools
2.4 mi away
5.5 mi
1,342 ft
Good Enough Trail
2.5 mi away
0.8 mi
500 ft
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by joebartels

Overview: 1.95mi hike from Milk Ranch Point peninsula/mesa down 1513ft to Geronimo Trail #240. Distant rim views dominate the upper stretch.

Low Down: Due to lack of shade in the upper reaches stay out of the mid-day summer-sun. As of this writing the trail is a debris mess and difficult to follow.


2013 Update: It's a trail again. Switchbacks are in place so there is no route finding issues or loose soil issues as noted in 2007.

Hike: The trailhead is a quarter mile away from current FS maps. Judging by the weathered look of the sign it's been a few years too. The hike to edge of the rim albeit rarely used is pleasant. You walk through tall pines into a lush fern section. Just after that you enter a field of common mullein which generally grows in disturbed areas such as graded roadsides. In this case it's the even more common occurrence, the healing process of a mountainside wildfire.

0.4mi the trail starts to disappear and cairns come into play. You can't help but notice the views opening up in front of you. Heading down isn't too steep. Unfortunately the trail has been seriously affected by the wildfire and starts to make you think around 0.6mi. Here you are heading down a slope to a nice outcrop. The FS mentions a balanced rock as a feature of the hike. I didn't see it concentrating on trail-location but this must be the area.

Bushwhacking, log jumping and cairn spotting continues until you reach ~1.25mi. It isn't horrible but it does become a nuisance in at times.

When the trail gets back into longer switchbacks you're home free. Nice views continue through some Sedona esque landscape. Soon the trail turns into an old jeep road. At 1.7mi you come to an intersection. Keep right and you'll soon come to a left that takes you down a fence line. The fence is protecting the Turkey Spring Meadow. Further down the fence line is the junction with West Webber Trail #228. This is also the location of a round wooden trough. Continue another 0.13mi to Geronimo Trail #240.

The trail officially ends at the Geronimo Trail #240, 1.9mi from the Geronimo Trailhead. This trail is often hiked as a 5.15 mile loop with West Webber Trail #228: GPS Route / Map
(might also consider) Longer loop with Donahue & Highline: ???

joebartels
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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Directions
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FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

To hike
From Payson head up SR87 passing through the town of Pine. Continue PAST the turnoff for US-260. Turn right onto Rim Road and follow 0.1mi to right on 218A. Follow 218A 1.3mi to 218. Turn right on 218 and follow ~1.9mi to FR9381F. Turn left onto FR9381F and follow a hundred yards or so to the trailhead of sorts...
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