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Haigler Creek via Fishermans Point, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 5,909 feet
Elevation Gain -330 feet
Accumulated Gain 350 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.75
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Colcord Fall via Hagler Creek
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Author PrestonSands
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Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Seasons   Early Spring to Early Winter
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If you're going to Young...
by PrestonSands

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Overview: This hike follows a closed jeep trail down to scenic Haigler Creek, a perennial creek in the forested hills between Young and the Mogollon Rim. One can hike to the creek and back for a short little adventure, or continue as far up Haigler Creek canyon as desired for a longer trip.

Hike: Once you have located Fishermans Point with its seemingly out of place guard rail (a parking barrier in reality) and interpretive sign, park your vehicle, and begin your hike. The trail to the creek follows a closed jeep trail which departs from behind the left (north) side of the guard rail. The descent along the old jeep trail is quite steep, and trekking poles come in handy. Tall ponderosa pines provide ample shade along the way. Part way down, the jeep trail makes a switchback, while a distinct trail continues off from the switchback point. It does not matter whether you take the trail or the jeep trail from this point, as both routes meet up just before the creek.

After a three hundred foot descent in a half of a mile, you will arrive at the rushing waters of Haigler Creek. The canyon bottom here is decorated with pines, alders, sycamores, and virginia creeper vines. The water is refreshing and downright chilly even in summer, and a few small pools are just big enough to soak in. From my experiences, this area sees frequent use by the weekend party crowd, so I wouldn't advise camping here, but it is certainly worth a day visit. A few atv riders have managed to sneak around the guard rail at the top and have made it down to Haigler Creek, despite the "closed to motor vehicles" sign at top.

From the end of the jeep trail at Haigler Creek, one can walk a short distance down canyon to a rocky area with some small cascades. Going up canyon, one enters an attractive canyon of tall pines and high mountain sides, once you have bypassed a rocky ridge at the upper end of the 5600 foot contour.

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Haigler Creek via Fishermans Point
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    Upper Haigler Creek
    Planned to do this one earlier in the week, and decided to stick with it despite the weather. There would be less wading and swimming was not even an option anymore. A band of rain sat over this part of the state and just didn't budge for most of the day. Temp hovered near 60 all day. It was after 1 before it stopped raining, and after 4 before the clouds broke. Nonetheless, this was a great exploring trip and the rain and water made everything super-saturated green everything smelled fresh. Only saw two deer and some fish, and surprisingly no bear scat at all.

    We hiked up to where the canyon dries out and turned around at Colcord Canyon. There are some narrows farther up that appear to have some water, but we opted not to go that far. On the way back downstream, the rain had let up and it was a bit more pleasant, wandering in and out of the creek and enjoying all the flowers and creek scenes. Of course the sun came out for the hike back up the hill, but it's really short and easy, so not much of a big deal.

    Took a cool time lapse of some clouds before heading back home. Here's a minute of some creek and sky: ... KkUc

    The day turned ugly on the way home as I witnessed a vehicle lose control on the Beeline, veer off the road, and roll multiple times. Just watching it happen, I knew it was not survivable, and when I approached the wreck it was confirmed. Took 20 minutes for DPS to arrive from Payson and another hour before we were able to leave the scene, after interviews and paperwork, etc. A good reminder that life is fragile and can end in the blink of an eye. RIP. Kudos to the first-responders. Some real professionals out there.
    Haigler Creek via Fishermans Point
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    I did this as a lunch break hike on the way to Young from Payson. Hiked down to Haigler Creek then followed it up aways. It was great to be back at this spot after a 4 year absence. After my hike, I continued on into Young, where I socialized with old friends, and reveled in the beautiful country that is Pleasant Valley. It hardly seemed like a day at work, it was so much fun. :y:

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Payson drive east on Highway 260 for approximately 24 miles. Turn right at the sign for Colcord road (aka FR 291) and follow this road (which turns to dirt after about 2 miles) for 4.2 miles to FR200. Turn right on FR200 (Chamberlain Trail) and drive for 5.3 miles to a parking pullout on the left, on a sharp curve to the right. A guard rail and a Forest Service sign for "Fishermans Point" marks the site.
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