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2015-06-04  
DrewHighSee and a little General in the Loop, AZ
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DrewHighSee and a little General in the Loop, AZ 
DrewHighSee and a little General in the Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 04 2015
outdoor_lover
Hiking11.41 Miles 2,042 AEG
Hiking11.41 Miles
2,042 ft AEG
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1st trip
This Hike was Part of a 4 Day Trip to the Mogollon Rim...I'm going to Post some Triplogs and Photosets a little Out of Order as I'm thinking you all might like to see an Actual Hiking Triplog and Photoset from me for a Change...I still do Hike occasionally.... :D This Hike was from Day 2 of the larger Trip.

Original Plan: Meet up with some Birding Friends on Day 1. Do this Hike on Day 2. Meet up with nonot and The N for a 3 Day/2 Night Backpack for Days 3, 4, & 5 and then Head Home...

How it Really went: :sweat: Day 1 went as scheduled. Day 2, The Hike, went as Scheduled with our wonderful Tropical Storm coming in and the Rain Event starting about 30 Minutes before I got back to the Escape. After Watching the Wind Howl, the Temperature drop a biscuit and relentless Rain Overnight and into Day 3, I messaged nonot and The N at 12:30 P.M. and said Thanks, but no Thanks... :sweat: At that Time, it was 54 Degrees and the Rain gave no Sign of Letting up...I simply did not want to expend all my Energy trying to stay Dry and Warm and keep my Camp and Gear Dry in those kind of Conditions...My Bivy Set-up is not the Best yet and is still geared simply for a Passing Shower, not an Endless Deluge. I would not have enjoyed that Trip. So Day 3 was a Solitaire Day in the Vehicle most of the Day, with the Hopes that at some Point, the Storm would clear out..If it did, I might have still gone down to Chevelon and met up with the Guys for 1 Night...It did not and by Noon on Day 4 with Rain, Rain and more Rain, I threw in the Towel, and packed up. Started heading for the Barn with some Stops along the Way as the Storm finally started to clear out below the Rim by Mid Afternoon...

I'll Post Photosets of Camping and Birding later...The Storm was pretty Photogenic at Times when I wasn't worried about the Camera getting Wet...

The Hike
I've done Portions of this Loop, but never the Whole Loop...I've done this Section of the Highline before. I've done See Canyon twice, but due to Time Restraints both times, I've never made it all the way to the Top, although the First Time, I was close. See Canyon was the First Hike I ever did as a HAZer and I was instantly Hooked on this Canyon. Never been on the General Crook Trail or Drew, so they were going to be Firsts on this Day.

I knew before I even got to the Top of the Rim the Day before, that the Elevation was going to have a deep Effect. Probably since I haven't been up this High since last Year. I strategically Camped on FR 5390 on the Edge of the Rim. I would call the Camping here, "Organized" Dispersed Camping. There are Rules and "Sites". You can't just Camp anywhere, but that was fine. I liked my Campsite and my nearest Neighbor was 200 feet or more away and I couldn't see them. And I was 1/4 Mile from the Drew Trailhead....No Driving necessary. My Campsite was part of the Loop.

I must be doing too many Canyons...I usually prefer to get the Elevation Gains of my Hikes out of the Way right off the Bat, but not this Time...Nope, let's start from the Top and have to come back up... :sweat: I did the Loop Clockwise.

Walked down the Road to Drew and took it down. Hit the Highline and went over to See. There's been some nice Work on the Highline and it was in excellent Shape. Just before See, I ran into a Forest Crew, using a small Trackhoe to dig a large Boulder out of the middle of the Trail. After passing them, I saw that they had really groomed the Highline with the Equipment on the way in...It. was. Fabulous! :y:

Hit See and started up it a ways, passing the Spring turnoff...It was getting pretty Cloudy by this Time, with the Storm moving in, so I decided to pass on the Spring side Trip, once again, for another Time...Still haven't seen it...Third time is not a Charm I guess... ;) As I started to climb in Elevation, the Elevation was taking it's Toll. The Legs felt like Lead and I was not feeling well at all...Took my First Break next to the Creek about 1/2 Mile past the Spring Junction. It was a pretty Spot and I wanted to take a Snack Break anyway. Continued on up the Hill, still not feeling great and ended up taking several Breaks on the way up...Made it to where I had stopped on my first Hike and from then on, it was New Territory.

Made it to General Crook and hung a Right. Things got a little Interesting and Off-Track here...Wasn't sure if I was supposed to stay on the Crook Trail all the Way or not. I somehow left a Hole in my Research. I had tried to Print out JJ's GPS Track on this Loop, but for some Reason, I could Print the Topo, but not the Track itself... :( (I've tried to Print other Tracks since, and I can't Print the Routes on them either, just the Topo) Need to get with Joe on that I guess...

So I stayed on the Crook for a while and then when a Road headed towards the Edge of the Rim, I took off on that. That Decision was a Mistake as it Looped me right back up to the Crook Trail and with the Terrain, I had no Choice but to follow it... :sweat: Got back on the Crook for a while longer and it started to Rain...I had packed a slightly heavy Daypack with Raingear so I was prepared for that. Finally, when I thought I had gone far enough again on Crook, I turned off again and headed for the Rim Edge...It ended up eventually working out this Time and when I popped out on FR 5390, I was 200 Feet from the Escape... :y:

This was a really Nice Hike...Even with Feeling pretty Ill on the See Leg of it, I really enjoyed it and I'm glad I finally completed the Entire See Canyon Trail to boot...Really Liked Drew and for a Nice Change of Pace, the General Crook Trail Stretch was easy on the Mind and the Body and you could just Cruise it...Well Marked and Smooth as she Goes... :) I really like this Area of the Rim and already have some Other Loops in Mind for another Time... :D Hopefully, I'll get my Elevation Bodyset and Legs back soon... :sweat:

And Joe, "Dropping a Biscuit" is a New One for me...Your Defaults Kill Me.... :sl:
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Columbines are in Full Force. Indian Paintbrush is just starting...Some kind of Rose is going Strong too and the Lupines are starting in places also. Down on Highway 260 heading up to the Rim, the Lupines are making a Serious Appearance on the Shoulders and Medians....

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Christopher Creek Medium flow Medium flow
At See Canyon
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