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Davey Gowan LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2010
Grasshopper
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,613 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   8 Hrs   35 Mns   0.68 mph
1,613 ft AEG
 
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Since the devastating August'04 "Willow Fire" in our Mazatzal Wilderness much has changed to date with this once easy to follow and enjoyable loop hike. Especially changed is the 2 mile Davey Gowan TR48 connection between its TH Start at FR201 and ending at its intersection with Deer Creek TR45 (at the Gowan Camp area). Having had no obvious trail maintenance since the fire, the significant dead tree downfall, major trail overgrowth, and trail washouts have pretty much taken over.

GPSjoe (in Oct'03) and Preston Sands (in June'06) are the only two HAZ members I know who have posted against this loop hike and successfully completed it "on trail". After this "Willow Fire", in May'09 I made an unsuccessful and very frustrating attempt to "on trail" hike this loop. The Deer Creek TR45 section of this loop was a challenge but doable, the Davey Gowan TR48 section of this loop was just not possible. Ever since my May'09 unsuccessful attempt, I've had this burning desire to return to correctly route find this original trail segment and mark it before it completely returns to our Mother Nature.

TODAY WAS THE DAY! Joined by GPSjoe and his excellent route finding abilities, loaded with his previous and correct Oct'03 GPS Track for the Davey Gowan TR48 segment, and with my determination to "let's get it done", I knew all we needed was enough daylight to correctly find and survey tape this illusive trail section. I'm now very happy :D to report that for any advanced hikers that would now like to attempt this Davey Gowan Loop hike, that TR48 segment is now completely tape marked and doable. Also, no guarantees how much longer it will ~safely be hike-able due to continuing tree downfall, overgrowth, trail drainage washouts, and erosion, but if this kind of hiking challenge is for you, then do plan to give it a try soon. Also, I suggest you don't wear light colored hiking clothes.. ;) Also, for your reference and use I have posted what I consider the recommended default (98% on trail for TR48 and 100% on trail for TR45) GPS Route for this entire loop hike. Also, my posted and geocoded pic set with detailed captions for this 11/1/10 trip tells the visual story of what you should now expect along this hiking route loop.

Ref: Recommended Default GPS Route with all "key" way points included:
http://hikearizona.com/map.php?GPS=21197
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