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See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2013
guyinthewoods
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.73 mph
1,874 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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This hike has been on my to-do list for a while now, and I finally had a chance to get out there and see what it was all about. I've hiked Horton Creek trail #285 a couple times and really liked it; the most recent time I was even lucky enough to not encounter a single other hiker on the trail all day. Given the natural beauty of trail #285 I predicted that I might enjoy this trail leading up the opposite side of Promontory Butte, and I'm happy to say it definitely exceeded my expectations.

Despite not featuring any stunning cliffside views that you may expect when hiking up to the top of the rim, this trail certainly delivers in other ways. A good percentage of this trail is a smooth, easy-to-follow singletrack lined on both sides by grasses, ferns, and wild berries. They tasted like raspberries so I guess that's what they were. Lush green foliage is everywhere from start to finish, and there's no shortage of water along the trail. If you're sick of catclaw and scrub oak, this is a great trail for you.

In some areas the trail disappears into rocky drainages, however there are plenty of cairns that guide you in the right direction. The trail is mostly very easy to follow with only a couple small sections that I'd call confusing. Overall, the climb seemed pretty gradual, making the ~1800ft elevation gain mostly a breeze with minimal steep spots. However all the deadfall across the trail led to me jokingly describing the trail to my hiking buddy as "not wheelchair accessible"

We did this hike on a monday and there was nobody else at the trailhead or on the trail (just how i like it). The skies were cloudy with sporadic light rain, but luckily the forest canopy is so dense in this area that we hardly got wet at all. FR300 had some pretty moderate traffic as expected, so we kept our lunch break brief and headed back down the way we came. We opted to pass up the short side trip up See Spring trail #185, but I'm sure it's just as pleasant as the main trail... maybe next time. After this fun trip, a longer loop hike to the top of Promontory and back down the other side is definitely on the agenda.
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