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Pivot Rock CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2013
Bradshaws
Hiking6.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   4.33 mph
800 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
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This is a very cool place :) I got to FR149 at about 7am to find a "manage fire closure" sign :doh: so I got out and read all the paper work. Turns out that the closure is for just North of where I planned to go :D . With the forest service's performance with controlling fires that they light it was differently made me think twice :-k but I didn't get dressed up for nothing. 30min later I was at trailhead. It had just started to rain :) this is going to be a good day. With the temp in the high 50s I could ask for a better day! Right away there were flowers everywhere :GB: and I came upon the greatest flower ever THE WILD HOP!! The life blood of the IPA :DANCE: . From there the trail just got better and better. I got to the cabin it was cool but past the cabin the walls of the canyon were filled with the coolest overhangs. All the Mountain Lion talk in the forum had me approaching everyone like a lion was going to jump in my face :scared: but not one track. Past the cabin and overhangs the canyon became very green and lush. This place had an old feel to it, like I was the first person here in a hundred years. I felt like my very presents was tainting or contaminating it so I walked softly all day. I felt like I might have missed the namesake of this trail in my wandering back and forth but it popped out from the trees. Looked like a giant mushroom. I climbed up to it and had a seat. Perfect lunch spot. While I sat there I noticed that I was sitting on a very large tree that had just recently had fallen. It had just missed the pivot rock by 6-8 feet :o I have no doubt that if this tree had hit the rock the trail would have to be renamed. After lunch I head North to find cave and spring. When reading about this feature I had NO intention of going in the cave. I'm not a fan of tight places [-( but once I got there I couldn't help myself 8-[ I shed my pack and put on my headlamp( which put out as much light as a damp match due to old batteries) So in I went. First of all the water was COLD but once I got past the water and tight entrance it opened up. It was cool inside(looks and temp) There was some visible damage from people braking off the stalagmites and writing on the walls. It was worth the effort. Once I got out of the cave and got put back together I could smell and see smoke so I made a beeline to my truck. By the time I made it to the truck the smoke had become pretty thick so I packed up and left. This is the best hike I've been on in a long time :) I highly recommend it!!
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Pivot Rock Canyon Pivot Rock Spring

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Light flow in some places and some stagnant pools.

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