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North Peak Trail #24Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2013
sbkelley
Hiking7.00 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   1.14 mph
3,400 ft AEG
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For whatever reason, I tend to look past the Mazatzals more often than I should, so I've been making more an effort to explore them in the past year. The Willow Fire scar doesn't help, but the sweeping views and occasional pine forest patches do. Today, we went to a new area, and I was impressed. Water was flowing strong at the Mineral Creek trailhead, and stayed with us a couple hundred feet up the first steep climb. The wind was blowing hard today, but the air was crystal-clear. High above, we could see snowy North Peak, realizing we'd be in for a good adventure.

The trail is steep and relentless, but keep looking back and looking around: it's worth it. We spied the obvious north ridgeline to the summit, leaving the trail, and the open terrain was covered in a few inches of snow throughout the entire climb. That was fine, but hidden loose rocks, cacti, and catclaw under the snow meant we were on a bit of a minefield. Some rock steps near the summit were interesting. It's further up there than it looks, too.

Not much traffic on this one, but the panoramic view to the north of Rim Country and beyond is awesome. Humphreys Peak shone white like a beacon...hmmm...next weekend it is!
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