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Point Trail - West Clear CreekPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jun 15 2014
kelraen
Canyoneering7.20 Miles 750 AEG
Canyoneering7.20 Miles   5 Hrs      1.44 mph
750 ft AEG
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Sooooooo, I apologize for the picture quality. As soon as we got down to the creek we turned left and went over to take a look at the hanging gardens and spring before turning East and heading towards Maxwell trail. I snapped a few up-close pictures of the spring and then swam away. When I got back to dry land I checked for my waterproof camera and realized it had slipped out. I borrowed a pair of diver's goggles from a nice couple camping nearby, and went swimming in the freezing waters for about half an hour to try and find them. Unfortunately, I dropped them in the most algae-ridden pool in all of west clear creek, so it is lost to the ages. ](*,) If anyone finds a blue-silver Olympus camera there, you know who it belongs to! So, with a heavy heart, we proceeded East towards Maxwell trail. All of the pictures I've posted had to be taken with my phone.

Absolutely gorgeous day in the canyon, super windy too. Met a nice guy fishing who fell in right in front of the spring East of Sundance canyon. Also met some guys doing a 4-day trek from 144F to Bullpen (I was pretty jealous).

About half way through to Maxwell trail, we hiked up a bit on the canyon wall through some thicket after following a trail that got a bit sticky. While we were making our way back down, I saw a few brown blurs slide through the thickets toward the creek. As we moved forward we spooked one of them so that the doe came passed up right in front of us to get higher out of the canyon. I thought we'd seen the last of her but as we pushed forward a few seconds later I turned and she was just staring at us. I guess she figured we weren't much of a threat, and slowly turned and went on her way. Never saw the other one but definitely heard him. It was a nice treat, kind of made losing my camera worth it. :lol:

We enjoyed the rest of the view on to Maxwell trail. I'd hiked Point trail and Maxwell trail on separate occasions, so it was nice to connect the two and see everything in between.

Climbing back out was tiring, as per usual, but overall a great day, regardless of the loss!
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