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Pine Canyon / Geronimo LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2015
joebartels
Hiking20.48 Miles 4,504 AEG
Hiking20.48 Miles   6 Hrs   55 Mns   3.02 mph
4,504 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
1st trip
The classic Ken loop. The hike is from Pine TH on the church girl side, over Milk Ranch Point to the bullet ricocheting boy scout side. Preston/Kingsnake recently noted many new switchbacks on #26. We stumbled upon yet another new set almost immediately. Without signage it's puzzling. Yet you can't get into too much trouble as you merge back repeatedly.

East Rim Trail is still a cool beast. Knowing what to expect it was over quick. A jungle of Locust greets the sweat drenched hiker upon reaching the rim. Joy. jj loves the blackberries and found some nice patches on Milk Ranch Point, the mesa. West Webber Trail #228 is among my favorites. The forest, tread and views are a divine treat in the summer.

jj likes to hit up the beginning of Geronimo Trail #240 where it crosses West Webber Creek for the blackberry festival. A bumper crop is underway. Looks at least two weeks to ripe. He found some bonus grapes. Despite being no where near ripe, he ate a handful... bleck

The Highline is not a trail I enjoy, I'd rather hike back over. We lucked out with nice weather. It was enjoyable with borderline stormy clouds blocking the death star.

Heading home we scoped out jj's retirement home then he downed a quart of salsa.

Carried 3.5 quarts water, consumed 2.
Named place
Named place
Red Rock Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Today's hike was brought to us in part by Wild Bergamot. The largest patch I've seen of mintleaf.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Pine Spring Dripping Dripping
you could filter from a small puddle in a pinch, better option nearby at Red Rock Spring

dry Red Rock Spring Dry Dry
If you read comments you are in luck. Nothing flowing but the trough was over half full.
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