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See Spring Trail #185, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 0.62 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,345 feet
Elevation Gain 404 feet
Accumulated Gain 404 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.97
Interest Perennial Creek
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Bear Canyon Lake
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See Canyon - Drew Loop
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See Canyon - Drew Loop
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See Canyon Trail #184
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See Canyon to Bear Canyon Lake
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Lovely trail to See Spring. Follow See Canyon Trail #184 about 0.8 mi then hang a right on #185. Round trip from the See Canyon Trailhead is 2.9 mi / 560 aeg.

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    Most recent of 16 deeper Triplog Reviews
    See Spring Trail #185
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    See Canyon to Bear Canyon Lake
    I did this hike a few weeks ago, and decided to escape the hot weather in the Valley and do the hike again. The weather was perfect for the hike, although it was a bit cool and windy at Bear Canyon Lake.

    When we got to the Rim Road, we crossed the road and made a short cross-country jaunt to hit FR208. Shortly after crossing the Rim Road we came upon a porcupine, which was the first one of them that I had ever seen. The porcupine scurried along the ground, and then climbed up a tree.

    On the way back we went up the See Spring trail to the spring. This spring wasn't as nice as Horton Spring, but it was very nice and peaceful up there.
    See Spring Trail #185
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    See Bear Beaver
    Three goals on the day.

    Color, I wanted to see the autumnal pallet.
    Bear Canyon Lake, never been, wanted to see it.
    Search a Beaver side canyon for color

    See Spring Trail - The color is starting. The next two weeks should be prime.

    See Canyon Trail - light to moderate until you hit the half way point. The trees are in their prime all the way to the top from here.

    At the top, we saw our first evidence of the logging/thinning going on up here.

    We took FR208 to the south TH of Bear Canyon Lake and dropped to the lake.
    We decided to do a CCW track around the east side, following use trails. The trail got a bit thin and the side hill slope got a bit bothersome after a while, and Billy Goat Joe just needed to go uphill. We skedaddled up to the nearest FR and made our way to the dam.

    Plenty of campers on this road, as this is the easiest access to the lake. The road takes you right to the dam.

    I was hoping to see some fall color around the lake, but saw nothing but conifers. This is a scenic lake that I'll need to come back to.

    We headed westish out of the lake to sample some Beaver Canyon. Spotty color, with the majority of it on the ground on the way there. It's easy going in Beaver Canyon. I'm curious how it got its name.

    From here we headed over to a side canyon north of Rattlesnake Ridge looking for color. After striking out for 3/4 of a mile. Joey Goat felt the need to climb out.

    We TH'ered the Forest Roads back to See Canyon, to enjoy the colors back down to the truck.

    Absolutely perfect temps all day long.

    Light, lower on See Canyon Trail.
    Substantial, starting half way up.
    Spotty, on top of the rim.
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    See Bear Beaver Loop
    Headed up to See Spring first. Little to no color, maybe in a week.

    Midway up See Canyon is currently the best display of foliage color. Colour in the upper stretch too.

    Headed up to Bear Canyon Lake. I love this little lake. As mentioned in the description there is no maintained trail on the east. The footing was too slippery in pine needles slanting to the lake to be safe for my current balance. We just went up to the first road. Campers galore along the road and with good reason as it's a great forest area.

    Over the dam and onto the designated trail. Immediately knew parking was near based on all the non hikers fishing and roaming.

    We looped over to Beaver Canyon for a bit then out a tributary. Our canyon getting to Beaver showed a red carpet of Autumn past. Beaver was scenic. The tributary we took out wasn't exciting and thankfully Bruce agreed to climb out.

    Back down See Canyon was a good color show. Fab Autumn temps all day. 1.7 liters water/gatorade was plenty in the fanny pack. Beginning to wonder if half the Camelbak water is for the back sweat it creates!

    Midway up See Canyon. Lower See has not turned yet, maybe next week. Above the rim on our loop was over for maples, just scattered Aspen looking mighty yella
    See Spring Trail #185
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    Highline - Promontory - See Spring Canyon Loop
    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 :y: . 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.

    Spotty on the Highline. See Spring Canyon and See Spring Trail were the highlights
    See Spring Trail #185
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    Highline - Promontory - See Spring Canyon Loop
    Bruce created an olympic version in 2013 that included Drew and Horton Springs. His new lean cut version is more suitable for moderate hikers to complete in the available daylight hours.

    Highline Trail #31 - west from trailhead
    This 6 mile section of the Highline is pretty nice! Lots of pines, Sedonaesque and the trail is in excellent condition after recent maintenance.

    Promontory Trail #278
    The steep grade isn't for the timid. Too steep for backpackers unless hardcore. That said I enjoy this one. The views looking out are fab. There are plenty of pines to hug for a shady break. We enjoyed a couple five minute breaks heading up.

    Promontory Butte 7,914
    The rim is great for lunch views. Ours included bullets whizzing by from a nearby target shooter. This took away from the relaxation aspect. It was semi encouraging when he/she switched to a lower caliber.

    See Spring Canyon
    This ~2 mile offtrail segment is adventurous and enjoyable descending, ascending would be a task. Autumn foliage is peaking right now in the lower canyon, upper is past. It's never as good as "that one time".

    We did not cross paths with another hiker all day. ...

    Substantial is for lower See Spring Canyon. Most of the hike is pines.
    See Spring Trail #185
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    After doing a little sightseeing at the Rim viewpoints with the family and then letting the afternoon showers do their thing, I headed out for a late hike at Christopher Creek. I only had maybe 2 and half hours of daylight, so I knew doing the entire See Canyon Trail was out of the question, especially since my headlamp broke and I was planning on taking some creek photos anyway. I stopped at the first creek crossing (nice spot!) and did little photography there. Another few hundred yards up the trail, I spotted a sweet little waterfall that begged to be photographed too. After that I tried to book it a little faster to cover some ground. When I reached the fork with the sign that said "See Spring 1/4 mile", I figured that would be a perfect turn around point. I found another photogenic spot on the tributary creek and then booked it uphill to get to my destination. There was a dude and his dog camped up near the spring, and the dog didn't seem very happy to "See" me so I looked around for a minute and then headed back downhill. This is definitely on the list for a return visit to explore the area more...
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    See-Drew-Highline Loop
    I had to work on the observed holiday last Friday, so I got today off instead. I haven't been able to hike for almost a month, and with no other obligations I decided to head for the Rim.

    I followed this loop in a clockwise direction, starting at the See Canyon trailhead. See Canyon is a favorite. I added See Spring this time, a nice treat. After See, I started out on the General Crook trail, but left the trail after a couple of miles. I wasn't feeling it up top and decided to shorten the distance to Drew. Once on Drew, I was enjoying myself again.

    As Outdoor Lover mentioned in her recent trip log, the Highline trail between Drew and See is in marvelous shape. Remnants from the clean-up remain along side of the trail in spots, but the trail itself is fabulous. It made for a very nice end to this hike.

    Wonderful hike on a gorgeous day at the Rim.
    See Spring Trail #185
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    See Canyon Loop
    We wanted another hike in the high country and this loop looked like a fun option. We left Phoenix on Saturday morning and drove up to the trailhead and started hiking around 9am. We opted for a clockwise loop and made a stop at See Spring. There was lots of water flowing out of the earth. From there we made the climb up the See Canyon Trail which is steep in a few places. With some effort we reached the rim and then headed east on the General Crook Trail. The going is very easy and the trail is well marked. We made quick time and passed through the car camping area and took our lunch at the top of Drew Canyon. After lunch we bombed down the Drew Canyon Trail which is in excellent condition after having some trail work. We connected onto Highline and followed that back to the jeep. We had some light to moderate rain the last mile. This hike was a lot of fun and passes through some beautiful areas.
    See Spring Trail #185
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    See Canyon Loop
    Other than the 2 mile stretch of the Highline, this was all new territory for me. These are great trails and the bits of road walk above rim weren't so bad. We had a nice rain for our final mile. I really enjoyed it. Lily is not so much a fan of the rain but she tolerates it alright :D
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    Seeing the See Spring
    The crowds were invading the high country, so it was time to end our camping trip. We packed up camp and headed to Christopher Creek to have breakfast at the Creekside Steakhouse and Tavern. The food was great and the folks there are very very friendly. Highly recommended.

    The See Canyon Trailhead was about half full, but the trail was still fairly lonesome. This is a short, but scenic hike up and then up a little more. We branched off to the See Spring Trail for to what else but see the See spring. The abundant variety of trees along the way was impressive. The spring itself really a scattered grouping of springs, larger and smaller. We explored around and even found a small one coming out of an ancient stump. Lots of New Mexican Raspberries around the spring.

    The trip downhill was quick. Then it was off to Payson for lunch and then home to unpack and prepare to fly again tomorrow. But the See was a nice end to a great trip to Zane Grey Country. We will be back for more.

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