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Babe Haught Trail - Hatchery to Knoll Lake
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Babe Haught Trail - Hatchery to Knoll LakePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2013
guyinthewoods
Hiking3.51 Miles 1,364 AEG
Hiking3.51 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   1.68 mph
1,364 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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This trail begins by heading northwest from the north end of the parking area just below the fish hatchery. You have to watch your step at first, since the overgrown grasses make it hard to see where you're putting your feet. After a short section of that, you have to keep watching your step because the trail climbs out of the drainage and up the loose rocky hillside. For most of the way up the rim, the dominant vegetation is a mix of manzanita and scrub oak with quite a few burned trees scattered around. So there isn't much shade on the trail, but this means you get some great open views of the rim as you ascend.

In my opinion, you will definitely work up a sweat on this trail no matter how much of a seasoned vet you are. It's a rocky and steep climb that doesn't let up until you crest over the top of the rim, 1300 or so feet above the trailhead. The trail is pretty easy to follow all the way up, and at the top there are tons of big cairns that guide you through the trees toward FR300. I didn't make it to the end of the trail this time, I was just wanting to scope things out for a possible overnight trip to knoll lake.

Despite the relative difficulty of this trail, I think it's pretty fun. The views keep getting better the further you climb, which is great motivation to keep pushing upward. About 3/4 of the way to the top, a nice grove of young oak trees covers the trail and provides one of the only opportunities for a nice shady pit stop along the way up. As usual, I stopped for pictures every 100 feet on this trip. I swear I'd be a much faster hiker if I didn't bring any sort of camera with me.
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