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Fred Haught Trail #141
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Fred Haught Trail #141Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2010
chumley
Hiking7.30 Miles 721 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.09 mph
721 ft AEG
 
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Enjoyed a relatively warm day up on the rim (got to 88F!) with a couple of hours on the Fred Haught Trail. Except for a little bit too much sun on the back of my neck, it was a great day.

In the early part of the hike, there's some maddening "switchbacks" that zigzag across a nearly flat rocky area, where the trail could just go straight, but that doesn't last long.

The first 3 miles of the trail are very well marked as part of the Arizona Trail, and after the AZ Trail splits to the left, the trail finding becomes a little more challenging, though markers for the Cabin Loop Trail are affixed to trees along the trail fairly frequently.

Even so, when the trail drops into Quien Sabe Draw, it does so on an old closed roadbed. We missed where the trail leaves the road and heads down the opposite side of the draw before turning east toward Fred Haught Cabin. It didn't take terribly long to realize the mistake as there were no further Cabin Loop markers and a quick glance at my map and GPS confirmed the need to backtrack. Upon further investigation, there was a rock cairn I should have noticed, but it seems that there should have been a posted sign as they are common elsewhere on this trail.

Route finding was also a little bit confusing after ascending up from the Quien Sabe Spring in the area of crossing FR95. But I later discovered that there were a couple of the Cabin Loop trail markers that had fallen from their trees. Once I saw them it made more sense.

Perhaps it was the heat and sun, but I found that the last mile or so (from FR95 to Pinchot Cabin) was much less enjoyable. Especially the section of trail that requires hiking on FR95 through Bear Canyon. Hiking on an active forest road is not my idea of fun.

All-in-all however, we had a nice hike, and I thoroughly enjoyed those two ice-cold beers in my truck parked at the Pinchot Cabin!
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