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Kinder Crossing Trail #19Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2013
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking1.95 Miles 584 AEG
Hiking1.95 Miles
584 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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This was the last day of a 3 day camping trip to the Mogollon Rim to escape the Phoenix heat. I decided to take a detour on the drive home and take a look down into East Clear Creek from the canyon rim on the east side near Kinder Crossing. I hadn't read the hike description or triplogs so didn't know there was a trailhead for the Kinder Crossing trail on the east side of the canyon. After studying the topo map on my gps I picked a road, FR9723s, which led to the canyon rim on the east side and drove off in that direction. To my surprise, after driving about a half mile down that road towards the rim there was a sign for Kinder Crossing Trail #19 with an arrow pointing down the road. Reaching the end of the section of that road approved for Motor Vehicle Use I put on my day pack and continued to follow the road on foot. About 15 minutes later I came to the actual trailhead at the end of a jeep road. Time was running short because I had to be home in Phoenix before 5:00pm but my curiosity got the better of me and I took off down the steep trail which descended to the bottom of the canyon. It turned out to be a short hike, less than a mile, down to the canyon bottom. There was a campsite at the end of the trail on a small bench overlooking the creek. There I found Cosmo's collar laying on the ground complete with dog license tag and the owner's phone number but no Cosmo. The collar couldn't have been there very long, it still smelled doggy, so I stuck it in my pocket planning to call the owner later that day.

The creek in this section of canyon has fairly shallow pools with no deep swimming holes. The pools were full of small crawdads. I explored a short distance up stream towards Kinder Crossing but ran out of time. I noticed a tree in the bottom of the canyon which had been destroyed by lightning. This seemed odd - I always thought the bottom of a deep canyon was safe from lightning strikes. :?

After returning home late that afternoon I called Cosmo's owner. Turns out he lives not far from me. Cosmo was OK, just lost his collar but the owner wanted the collar and license so he dropped by my place an hour later to pick it up. He had been on a planned two night backpacking trip along East Clear Creek a couple of weeks ago with Cosmo. They cut their trip short due to an intense lightning storm which scared the :pk: out of them when a bolt of lightning knocked down a tree a short distance away in the bottom of the canyon. :scared:
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