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East Webber via GeronimoPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack9.60 Miles 1,750 AEG
Backpack9.60 Miles2 Days         
1,750 ft AEG
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This trail was about what I expected from reading previous trip reports... lots of grabby berry bushes. There are some to wade through at the very start of the trail and then past the BSA camp you had better be wearing some protective gear if you don't want red, welted pinstripes. :D However, I had a great time on this trip and will likely be back to see what happens up there in the fall.

Tiffani, Tyler and I got a late start from Phoenix on Saturday morning, but we were at the TH by 9:30am. Since the rest of the group had spent the night nearby the night before, we had thought we wouldn't see them until reaching camp. Instead, we caught up with them within 30 minutes since they had spent some quality time "exploring" the many interconnected jeep trails that the Geronimo Trail travels through. Luckily, they had left us some markers to make our route finding easier. We all continued along the jeep trail, navigating around the BSA camp. There were a couple of nice views along the way... and a lot of unhelpful trail markers. After crossing West Webber Creek, we got to the end of the BSA camp and started to wind our way along Webber Creek. We stopped for a quick break at the first creek crossing since it was so shady and inviting. Just before the second crossing we noticed a large area that looked perfect for hammock and tent camping, but decided to continue on in hopes of a site closer to one of the springs. (a bit of foreshadowing... we should have left our packs there) We continued on, passing the first spring coming down from the left. After this point, the going got pretty tough. Lots of thorns, lots of deadfall, and lots of "Where did the trail go?". Backpackers slowly started stopping and declaring their desire to wait while the rest of us slogged on. By the time we got to within a half-mile of the spring of origin that Joe mentions in the hike description, it was just me and Tyler. So we continued on, using the creek bed, and fallen tree trunks to navigate our way to the final spring and rock slabs of legend. Too bad there wasn't very much water, just a trickle that cascaded down the rock. Still, it was a nice place to spend a couple of minutes before heading back down through the berry jungle to assure our waiting group members of our survival. By this time, we had been hiking for close to 5 hours and we were ready to head back to that second creek crossing, set up our hammocks, and enjoy the rest of the nice, cool evening under the stars. Good times!

Oh, and it was Tyler's first night in a hammock, and that went well, too! Yay for hammocks!

The next morning, we had a leisurely breakfast(corned beef hash!!) before breaking camp and hurrying back to the vehicles so we could have a yummy lunch at the Rimside Grill where we chuckled at the thought of telling our coworkers that we got all of our scratches by stumbling into a previously undiscovered rim-country cat colony. Yup.

Edit: Forgot to mention that this was the least traveled trail that I have ever been on below the Rim in the summertime. Another bonus!
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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir

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