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See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2013
ddgrunning
Hiking7.56 Miles 2,207 AEG
Hiking7.56 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   1.55 mph
2,207 ft AEG
 
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After a night of camping near Forest Lakes, my 10-year-old son and I took an afternoon hike up See Canyon. The hike was enjoyable, but I can see why Horton Creek is more popular (more of the hike is near Horton creek, the destination is more cool [i.e. Horton Creek literally pouring out of the mountain vs. reaching Forest Rd. 300] and, in my view, Horton is more scenic generally). What was nice about See Canyon is the solitude--we only passed two sets of hikers the entire time.

Having read the prior triplogs, we were pretty vigilant in trying to find/follow the chevrons and cairns (we added a few ourselves). I agree that it can be tricky to stay on track, particularly in the upper half, where the trail criss-crosses the creek bed multiple times. The amount of deadfall that needs to be navigated makes it even more of a challenge. All of that said, you are hiking in a canyon, so it would be a bit difficult to really get "lost." We viewed it as adding something of a "detective" element to the hike. I'm glad to report that we were able to stay on track the whole hike :)

We skipped the side trip to See Spring, but somehow managed to log over 7.5 miles (the hike description says it's 6.6 mi., INCLUDING the 1 mile round trip to See Spring (?)). Not sure whether it was my GPS or it's the description.

Given our expectations, getting to the top of the trail seemed to take forever. There is a point about .5 mile or so from the top where the trail levels out and goes through a beautiful stretch of forest, with the stream meandering by the trail. Don't think you've topped out there, though, as there are still a couple hundred feet to climb before the top!

All in all, an enjoyable hike in a beautiful area.
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