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Upper Buck Spring Canyon - Mogollon Rim
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Upper Buck Spring Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2012
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking6.50 Miles 470 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles
470 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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This hike of Upper Buck Spring Canyon started at my campsite off of FR161 on the ridge above the upper canyon. I arrived Thursday afternoon for the HAZ Summer Fest and after checking the Buck Spring Cabin area for other early arrivals and finding none, I decided to camp in a dispersed camping area up on the ridge off of FR161. Friday morning I hiked down the canyon to the cabin site to see if anyone had arrived. It was an easy off-trail hike down the canyon side following elk trails into the bottom of the upper canyon. This upper part of the canyon has smaller meadows interlaced with Aspen and numerous seeps with trickling water. This entire canyon has a beautiful park-like setting and in the cool of the morning it was a very welcome relief from the sweltering heat of Phoenix.

Further down the canyon it opened up into wide meadows. A fence for protecting a riparian area from large herbivores enclosed about 2 acres. It was old and in disrepair so the elk had invaded it but the vegetation was still more lush than the heavily grazed meadows outside the enclosure. The fence had been electrified at one time using solar power to charge a battery that powered the fence charger. This system has been left in place even though it was obvious that it had not been operational for some time. I opened the control box and checked the wires from the solar cells for a spark - it was dead. I was curious about when this system had been installed and hoped to find a date on the battery - no luck. It was interesting that the electrified fence wires were connected together between insulated posts by a twisted wire to hold the spacing between wires. These twisted wires were connected to a lower non-electrified fence effectively grounding it. If these twisted wires were part of the original installation the electric fence would have never worked. Could the installers have been that ignorant or were the twisted wires added later after they gave up on the electrified fence?

When I arrived at the Buck Springs Cabin site I met Chumley and Outdoor Lover who had arrived the evening before to set up camp for the HAZ Summer Fest. This was my first meeting face to face with any other HAZ members (except for Grasshopper) but it was like running into hiking buddies I've known for years. After some discussion of hiking in the area and plans for the HAZ Fest I returned up canyon to move my camp down to the cabin area.
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