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Point Trail - West Clear CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 17 2012
RickVincent
Canyoneering7.20 Miles 750 AEG
Canyoneering7.20 Miles   4 Hrs      1.80 mph
750 ft AEG
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Escaped the blistering Phoenix heat by going up north to celebrate the birthday of our good friend, Chelsea. Anna and I, with our dog Bandit, drove up to Pine on Saturday night to meet Chelsea, Pete and Malkin (their black lab). Stopped at Macky's Grill in Payson along the way and ate outside on the patio (dogs are welcome). Weather was beautiful in Payson and Pine (low 60's this night).

The next day we ate a late big breakfast and headed up to the Point TH around 10:30am. I made one stupid mistake on the drive, turning left at a fork in the road when I should have gone right. I've been in this area a couple time previous and should know better by now. Made the necessary correction and figured out where the hell I was. On the bright side, I did discover a neat little (somewhat hidden) camp spot that I will have to try out someday. That's one advantage of making wrong turns.

Just a few hundred feet of the trailhead came across a small blue Ford car changing a flat tire. Bummer! So close. Asked if they needed any help, but it looked they were all done with the repair.

We arrived at the trailhead and started our hike down the steep gorge. The hike down went without a hitch. We explored our way up stream to the slotted grotto about 1/4 mile down. We ate lunch and continued on past one of the springs.

At about 3pm, we decided to turnaround so that we could get back into the valley at a decent time. Made our way back up and out of WCC. Another great cool getaway from the "oven" temps in the big city.
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