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Drew / See Spr Cyn / See Cyn / Horton Spr Loop, AZ 
Drew / See Spr Cyn / See Cyn / Horton Spr Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2013
joebartels
Hiking23.80 Miles 5,476 AEG
Hiking23.80 Miles   12 Hrs   20 Mns   2.08 mph
5,476 ft AEG      52 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Bruce threw together another winner. I'm not a fan of the rim road portion yet two sweet spots made the day!

From Christopher Creek at the See Cayon trailhead we took the Highline Trail #31 East to Drew Trail #291. Up to the Rim Road. Along the way we saw foliage peaking in the ravines and a little on the way up. Then the road back west to "See Spring Canyon" and follow it off-trail down to See Spring. This was the best part of the day. Colors poppin' all over. It was steep, fun, twisty and the weather was storybook. Two nice dryfalls added a nice touch!

We lunched in Herman Creek then headed up See Canyon Trail #184. Colors were very nice throughout. Next it was over to Horton Springs Trail #292 not to be confused with "Horton Creek" most hike. This drops off the rim and picks up speed before hitting Horton head on from the top. What made this special was perfect timing. The warm late afternoon light was magical on the already incredible vistas.

The sun set as we headed back on the Highline through better than expected foliage. The final four miles were under headlamp. The weather was incredible all day. Lots of campers but only 3 hikers on trail.

Bruce sings Tom Jones off-trail in See Spring Canyon.
http://youtu.be/i-uP63yDD8E
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Meteorology
Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
See Canyon, See Spring Canyon and the Highline from Horton to See Canyon are at fully glory right now!

Northern state foliage snobs will call this moderate.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Herman Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Pumping sweet. We lunched in the creek.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Horton Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
duh!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 See Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Not so sure about See Spring anymore. The entire canyon was flowing nicely a good half mile ABOVE the spring.
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