In response to mcontreras' reply:
About 3 weeks ago on a Sunday we tried to do a shuttle hike from Trailhead 260 to See Canyon (Christopher Creek). We planned to drop a couple of cars @ See and then head back to 260 T/H. As we were headed home from Heber, most of the folks as well as their cars were @ the 260 trailhead. As we pulled into the beginning of the Forest Road leading up to See T/H there were 4 or 5 USFS personnel BUT, they had on bulletproof vests and had sidearms. They told us that they had a "situation" they were working on and that we couldn't take the vehicles to See T/H. (I really wanted to do this hike and we had the vast portion of our group all ready and waiting @ T/H 260, so I stretched the truth some. I said that 9 people from our group has already started hiking down from 260 and that they'd be there in 3 hours.)
"Oh crap" he says, and calls on the radio for the "supervisor".
Well, we went back and forth a while and eventually they let us take the vehicles up to the T/H. (he left me with this sage advise.. "as you're walking along on your hike later, some of our guys might pop out of the bushes..... do not be alarmed"... yeah, RIGHT)
Upon reaching the See T/H there was NOBODY THERE - it was erie.
Wait! - there were people there, actually, about 12 USFS personnel with BP vests, camo fatigues, faces painted and most notably, assault RIFLES.
CRAP!, I thought to myself, maybe they found Robert Fisher.
Anyway, after dropping the vehicles, we high-tailed it back up to T/H 260 and started the hike. I didn't want to alarm the folks on the hike so I kept the situation on the down-low. That is until we were about a mile out. I gathered the folks together and spilled the beans; most seemed OK with it, some not. We did, however, reach Christopher Creek W/O incident and stayed there a bit, as we figured if we popped up @ the See T/H, they'd make us leave ASAP, so we spent about an hour and a half playing in the creek. Eventually we went to the T/H and everything seemed calmer, but there was about a dozen USFS "swat-type" guys, with assault rifles still there. Well, come to find out they had been tipped about a pot growing operation way up and to the east of See Canyon, just below the Rim. They had been staking out the place for a month or more and had a transmitting GPS surrepticiously installed on a car used to take out the pot & bring in supplies. They went up-canyon @ 4:30 AM to approach/arrest the pot growers. Well, the four growers high-tailed it down canyon and a couple even made it past the USFS guys, but went to the store in C.C. and were apprehended while on the phone to Mexico. (I guess that's why they call it DOPE) Anyway, we talked up the USFS guys and they let us hang around & have a beer or two as we watched a helicopter make trips back-and-forth over our heads with cargo net after cargo net full of pot. We were told that there were in excess of THIRTY-THOUSAND pot plants. Subsequently, I've learned that the "estimated street value" is 200 MILLION! (I realize that that figure is generally inflated for sensationalism, but STILL!)
So, all-in-all, an exciting day @ Christopher Creek.