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Bear Flat Trail #178 - Tonto NF
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Bear Flat Trail #178 - Tonto NFPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2015
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Hiking29.99 Miles 5,619 AEG
Hiking29.99 Miles   14 Hrs   29 Mns   2.63 mph
5,619 ft AEG   3 Hrs   5 Mns Break
 
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Fan's never been to the Bear Flats area so we did a tour of the area. We started at the Tonto creek and crossed over at the bridge.

We took the Bear Flats trail to the Big Ridge trail. It was warmer than Fan likes, so she stopped at the salt Canyon. The creek was dry. I continued following the Big Ridge across the canyon and it ended at the Wilderness boundary. I followed a couple of game / rancher trails. I came across a neat water collection device. The views are great from this area. At one point your looking down at the Hell's Gate area. You can see the canyons that hold the Tonto and the Haigler creeks meet.

When I returned to Salt Canyon, Fan had found a big pool of water so we could top off our water supply :y: .
As we got close to the TH, it started to sprinkle on us. The morning was coolish with overcast.
As we got to the sun exposed section of Big Ridge, the clouds lifted and it got toasty.
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