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Upper Buck Spring Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2013
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Hiking2.42 Miles 281 AEG
Hiking2.42 Miles   1 Hour   2 Mns   2.34 mph
281 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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Beautiful day to hunt for some fall foliage. Just the slightest hint of crispness to the air up there today, but I was still perfectly comfortable in shorts. I hiked down from the FR161B starting point, went nearly down to the end of that canyon, cut east across the ridges, then started to come back up the east canyon back to 161B. About halfway up the east canyon I hear something start crashing through the brush up ahead and then I see it: BEAR! :o Apparently he heard me when I was about 40 feet away and decided to book it south down the east canyon. Thinking it would not be a good idea to follow him, I turned right up to the ridge so I could follow that back out. At the top of the ridge, I think I heard another one down the hill to the north take off. It was either that, or a tree coming down. My gut instinct is going with another bear, though. After this, I decided that the bears had the right idea so I boogied back to the truck. (See GPS track for the two locations where I almost peed myself)

Now as far as what I originally came up for: the fall colors. They're not quite in their prime. Some red, but most leaves up here are turning from green to yellow. I think prime time in this area will be between about October 6th-13th.
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Upper Buck Springs Canyon
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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