We knew we'd see color, based on the Maples on the drive in on FS284 and at the See Canyon TH. We were surprised however that we were only the 3rd car in the lot.
We did a clockwise loop starting on the Highline Trail #31
. This stretch from the TH to the Promontory Trail #278
, has to be one of my favorite sections of the Highline Trail. Sedona views and even some fall color are the highlights.
If you are curious, the Promontory Trail
is still a steep one. Steepness made slipperier by the carpet of pine needles. Views on the way up are killer.
Once up top, we meandered over to the Gila County High Point. and then over to the named Promontory marker for some lunch. It's here were we ate a lunch for the first time in fear of our life. Some yahoos a couple of hundred yards away, decided lunch was target practice time. We endured 200+ rounds with 3 of those coming close enough, that we heard them fly by. No amount of blowing on the whistle made them stop. We booked in between reloads. This actually changed the planned track that would have taken us into the gunfire.
Off of Promontory Butte we hit the General Crook Trail
for a bit to get to the feature part of the hike... The See Spring Canyon Bushwhack
. This is slow going, but not tough at all, with only 2 down climbs of 15' and 25'. Tons of colorful Maples and mucho elk sign.. including the biggest and freshest Elk scrape I've personally seen.
Once to the See Spring Trail #285
, it was clear sailing, with perfect fall views, all the way back to the Trailhead.Foliage
Spotty on the Highline. See Spring Canyon and See Spring Trail were the highlights