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Deer Creek Trail #45
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Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2011
dwsmith11
Hiking20.20 Miles 2,192 AEG
Hiking20.20 Miles   10 Hrs   40 Mns   2.09 mph
2,192 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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I was excited to hear about the snow and rain. Had a bunch of gear I wanted to test. Started out at about 38 degrees but sunny at the trailhead. When I reached Deer Creek it started to rain for a few hours but not bad. The Deer Creek portion puts you directly in Deer Creek. Water level wasn't exciting but climbing through the rocks was slippery. Not sure how deep this gets and even if its possible to navigate with it full. The trail is difficult to find in some places and heavily overgrown in others. Cairns mark the trail in spots. Its very isolated and kind of dark from the canopy along the middle and later third of the trail. Not much elevation gain. As I reached the last third of Deer Creek, there was a lot of elevation gain and then decline back down. The puts you in and out of the Creek so be mindful of the trail and cairns. The final approach to the Peely trailhead is steep and rapid. I had about 1-1.5 inches of snow and light snow and rain were falling. Very pretty.
I couldn't find the link Gold Ridge Trail but this was my route home. It lists at 6.3mi from Mt. Peely road. Trail is much more obvious than Deer Creek other than the snow. Steady deline until final 2 miles then the declines are a bit more steep. I think the total milage is somewhere near 17mi if you hike Deer Creek to Mt. Peely trailhead rather than Davey Gowen trail, which I never saw. I did hike off trail to another creek system and bumped my total to 20.2mi. Dumb in hindsite because it got cold when the sun went down. I think it can be done in a long day hike if you move. There were several old campsites I did encounter.
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