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East Webber via GeronimoPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 12 2013
Grasshopper
Hiking10.45 Miles 2,088 AEG
Hiking10.45 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   1.61 mph
2,088 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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Tough_Boots
After moving to the Phoenix area for my retirement in year 2004, one of my first spring and summer hiking areas north of Phoenix that I frequented was this Tonto NF area below our Mogollon Rim just southeast of Pine, AZ, hiking out-of the convenient access "Geronimo TH". Between April'06 and April'07 I returned to this area five times (a couple of times with topohiker) and other times solo to just enjoy the solitude and lush beauty of this higher elevation area with multiple hiking trails to choose from.

From summer 2007 to the present, I started venturing out to other Arizona and out-of-state hiking areas and just lost touch with my favorite hike out of the Geronimo TH- the "East Webber Trail #289". As the years passed from 2007, I continued to follow other HAZ member posts for this Trail #289 and was sad to hear that due to this lush, riparian areas continuing overgrowth/tree downfall with lack of trail maintenance through the years, that no HAZer had been able to successfully post a complete out and back Trail #289 triplog/photoset/GPS Route for other hikers to consider.

After returning from my June'13 one week vehicle camping and hiking trip on our upper Mogollon Rim and with my need to cancel my previously planned one week July return visit, I started re-thinking past good memories, and I recalled that our HAZ- tough_boots(Kyle) also enjoyed hiking this lower Mogollon Rim trails area. He and I made contact and almost immediate plans to visit this area again and to attempt a successful hike of the entire East Webber Trail #289 out and back.

Our successful hike this day was very rewarding and with Kyle's detailed (with trail conditions) triplog, our both now posted "official" GPS Routes to download/follow, and my attached geocoded photoset with detailed reference captions and tag notes, hopefully we can entice those interested and qualified who have not before considered this area, to give this hike a try! I do believe that John9L summed it up best with his comment on Kyle's triplog:
John9L wrote:This is a great area :)

Also, as an added bonus for those interested in all the hiking trail options available in this area, with help from our HAZ- "Route Manager", I have complied the following "official" GPS Route-Hiking Trails summary with all "key" Way Points noted for our future reference and download as required.. http://hikearizona.com/map.php?QX=2872 This hiking area has a lot to offer :D
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Mogollon Rim
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Wildflowers Observation Light

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max East Webber Creek Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max West Webber Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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