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Buckhorn MountainPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2015
Tough_Boots
Hiking9.20 Miles 3,859 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles
3,859 ft AEG
 
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Scott invited us to do Buckhorn. I'd never heard of it so I said yes. It turned out to be a pretty sweet off-trail summit that only a couple Hazzers have done.

The view of Four Peaks from the summit was worth the whole day-- you'll never get a better view. We hit the summit together but decided on different ways down. Scott hurried back down the drainage we went up to get back to Tanya and Rincon waiting for us on the trail. Chumley wanted to explore another ridge and then drop back down. Richard and I were curious about an old trail that appears on maps that rides the ridge so we headed east.

We knew there had to have been something there. Where it eventually runs into trail #130 is very obvious. We ended up taking the ridge a little low and eventually rose back up. It was thick and a chore every step of the way. Eventually we bailed on our route.

We found wood cuts up there (not to mention the fence line) so there was definitely a trail at one point in history. Now that I've spent some time looking at maps, I'm pretty positive it must have been the original route for the Four Peaks Trail or what was once called the Granite Springs Trail. It looks to me like the old trail takes off up the ridge about 3 miles in from Mills Ridge TH (just after Granite Spring), rides the top of the ridge, and then would hit the current trail again near Black Bear Saddle.

Thanks for the invite, Scott! Killer hike-- in a good way.
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Granite Spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Buckhorn Creek @ Trail #130 Light flow Light flow

dry Granite Spring Dry Dry
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