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See Canyon Highline Drew, AZ
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See Canyon Highline Drew, AZ 
See Canyon Highline Drew, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2014
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Hiking7.06 Miles 1,893 AEG
Hiking7.06 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   1.74 mph
1,893 ft AEG      58 Mns Break
 
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For our hike this day while participating in the ABC anniversary camp out/hike, we came up with this trip tho it originally included crossing back over to the See Canyon TH on 300 via the General Crook Trail. We ended up just going down See, across Highline and up Drew which was a good thing as the last part of this hike was just not my day. I haven't struggled that hard in a long time :sweat:, it was quite embarrassing really :oops: . It was a culmination of things I guess as the last 1/2 of this hike is just not that hard!

Anyway, after setting up the shuttle and clearing the Carr Lake Campsite cops, we started down See a little later than we probably should have. The hike description isn't kidding when it says this top part is a doozie! And what's worse is I just had tennis shoes. (When I left home I pulled a Wendy: I grabbed a pair of hiking boots; well it was a pair all right but both were for my left foot ](*,) .) The down is a little longer than I thot but I negotiated it pretty well considering.

It's sure not the prettiest hike though I am sure it is in the fall. And I'm sure it's not a happy :pk: going up that, sheesh! (I think it would be nice to come back and hike part way up and hit the See Spring Trail). Drew is much nicer going up by far! We did get to see a pretty dead still-furry fox, even if it was dead and covered in flies. We did end up going off the trail when we came to that downed tree that had splintered across the trail. But after 15-20 minutes, we were able to find our way back over to where we should have been.

We ran into two groups of the few ABCers that were going down and up before we got to the first creek crossing. We stopped here for a break. I felt fine at this point. The terrain shifts a bit along the way from here which is nice. I did film as much as I could along the way.

We finally started moving along the Highline Trail but that last mile my body was saying it was not happy. My ear started plugging up and then I started getting a side ache. On the slightest hills I couldn't seem to catch my breath and I started getting chills and feeling nauseous. It was a little warm but not that bad.

I would stop in the shade to try and re-group. I was just so disgusted with myself plus I was with some new hikers and I'm sure they wondered what my problem was. Fortunately, they had hiked ahead. Wendy :A1: though, would stop on occasion just to make sure I was still coming. Once we got to our lunch spot about 1/4 mile from the Drew Junction, I rested and had my lunch and Choc Coco water. I hoped to high heaven this break would be enough to revive me; well it was until we really started the elevation gain on Drew. The views between our break and this point were quite nice. However, the last pic I took for the day was at the junction :o . THAT is how much I struggled.

I just couldn't get my act together to climb Drew as I would expect too. I couldn't catch my breath like the entire way ](*,) . It's just not that long or steep of a climb and I've done lots of this before. Obviously it was just not my day on this second half. I look forward to coming and nipping this one in the bud big time! It's a pretty trail with nice tread for an up-climb. And yes, I eventually made it to the Rim where the other hikers didn't make me feel bad for a second while they had been sitting under a tree :) enjoying the fresh cool air and view.

Even the video is only one as I didn't take any more video much after See Canyon. http://youtu.be/4f01Y39ZFjY
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