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Babe Haught Trail - Hatchery to Knoll LakePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2010
Tough_Boots
Hiking11.27 Miles 2,009 AEG
Hiking11.27 Miles
2,009 ft AEG
 
Well, I stole Jim away from Joe and the boys for his last AZ hike before leaving us . We started at the Hatchery TH and took the Babe Haught up the rim and down to Knoll Lake. All in all its a pretty pleasant hike. Its nice to get the switchbacks out of the way at the start. The trail from the top of the rim to FR300 is still a mess but cairned really well so its not too hard to follow.

Knoll Lake is really a nice destination and hike. There were only a couple groups fishing along the way. The trail disappears at times but you can't get lost since you are essentially just circling the lake. Blue skies and nice clouds-- a beautiful day to hike around any lake!

We took an alternate route back. After circling the lake, you must go off trail to finish the lasso and get back to the Babe Haught Trail. While trying to figure our way back, we stumbled across a jeep road (FR 752) and took that for a while and it seemed to parallel the Babe Haught and keep our elevation. It ended up saving us an extra descent and trudge back up. I thank Jim's good sense on this one. We thought maybe it would take us to FR 300 but it eventually began meandering farther away. We came across its intersection with FR 9744C and took that back towards Babe Haught. That road disappears after a short while but conveniently enough takes you to the General Crook Trail which isn't much of a trail but marked well with chevrons. We took it to where it intersects at Babe Haught very close to FR300. It worked out very conveniently.

Those old jeep roads are pretty interesting hikes probably not traveled too often. The only tracks were elk and coyote (no signs of people). Every once in a while you come across huge fire rings and weird rock formations (one we thought might be used by hunters to smoke meat-- Jim has a picture that maybe he'll post). All in all, it was a good time and a hike I think I'll definitely do again. I foresee an overnight at Knoll Lake in my future.
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