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Monument Peak Loop - PATSPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking7.20 Miles 1,312 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.06 mph
1,312 ft AEG      15 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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We wanted something new to us, a bit cooler temperatures, somewhere not too long a drive and most important, somewhere we could drive to with the low-clearance Fit. The PATS looked like a good fit for the Fit, so with a map of the trail system we set out for Payson.

Since it was on my list of peaks to bag, we started off with Monument Peak Loop. We did almost the whole loop clockwise before turning off the trail and following some game trails toward the peak itself. At first glance the climb did not look very inviting but the closer we got we were able to find a number of routes up... heck with deer/elk leaving their evidence along the way, we sure should be able to make it up.

Once at the top I took the usual pan photos but cut the video short to avoid the masses of flying ants. Usually I can ignore them long enough for a couple-minute video but they were landing all over me, in my ears, crawling across my face, then behind my glasses and on my eye-lid I figured ENOUGH and headed down.

Back to the car we drove just a little farther on to the trailhead for The Boulders Loop. This loop offered a variety of scenery, mainly boulders of course, but no water was to be found anywhere. Still, nice for a leisurely hike with solitude at the edge of Payson.

Photos for both loops are in the same set.

Monument Peak summit panorama video is here:
http://www.youtube.com/embed/boxxtChPaEs
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