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Highline - AZT #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 22 2015
nonot
Backpack41.00 Miles 7,000 AEG
Backpack41.00 Miles3 Days         
7,000 ft AEG40 LBS Pack
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1st trip
From Pine, took the Highline east to a nice camp at Geronimo creek. The next day I continued to the Washington Park TH, up the old rd and reached the rim via the Col Devin Trail.

Then it was hiking along the general crook trail, which is almost entirely the rim road, to lee johnson spring, headed down here and this is where it got interesting. Despite what mytopo claims, the east webber trail doesn't reach the rim. It does, however, have one really tough obstacle. I don't know how Joe did this with the Eagle, but right now it's about a 5.7 move on wet sandstone. I thought I might break an ankle. After this there are a few other obstacles but nothing major until you reach the slickrock "spring" area. After this is a half mile gauntlet of blackberry brush and cliff rose, along with a ton of deadfall and even a rockslide. Somewhere in upper East Webber I lost my hiking pole. Maybe someone will find it someday.

Scared up 2 elk and made it to West Webber creek where I realized there are no established campsites anywhere along that trail. The next day I went up to Milk Ranch point and down Donahue and made it back to the TH.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Light in general, but really amazing displays of purple flowers near Geronimo Creek and East Verde Creeks.


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bray Creek @ Highline Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Crackerbox Creek Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max East Bray Creek @ Highline Light flow Light flow


dry East Verde River - Source Dry Dry
Dry at this point, water was further down canyon


dry Geronimo Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Kehl Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Lee Johnson Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max North Sycamore Creek @ Highline Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Pieper Hatchery Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Flowing nicely

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Pine Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute

dry Poison Spring Dry Dry
no water near highline trail

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Red Rock Spring Dripping Dripping
Both the spring and the spring box had water, neither looked very appetizing.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max South Fork of West Webber Creek Light flow Light flow

dry Turkey Spring Dry Dry
Springbox was dry (and broken) did not investigate the actual spring


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Washington Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
flowing nicely where you cross on the trail
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