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Tramway Maxwell LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2015
OdinWiski
Hiking10.30 Miles 1,171 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   5 Hrs   48 Mns   2.58 mph
1,171 ft AEG   1 Hour   48 Mns Break
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Not far past Payson on 87N, traffic was detoured (not sure why). All traffic was directed onto a residential dirt road with cars going both north and south. We got stuck there not moving for a good 45 minutes at least. I got out of the vehicle and walked 200 yards out to see what was going on. A car towing a U-Haul trailer was blocking the southbound traffic and I think people were saying a truck towing a big hay trailer coming south took up too much room so the northbound cars couldn't get by?? Well, I saw both and there was plenty of room/clearance for both directions to be moving! I don't know why people were stopping?!!

Finally got out of the jam. I started hiking at 10:30. The hike was beautiful and made up for the aggravation from the traffic jam. The blue skies, puffy clouds and nice breeze made the hike on the otherwise bland FR318 nice. As I started dropping down on Maxwell Trail, the beautiful canyon and bold crags came into view. Once at the bottom of the canyon, going along West Clear Creek through the lush riparian zones and reeds surrounded by huge crags was beautiful and very enjoyable. The climb up on Tramway Trail was beautiful too. I was able to take in more great views looking back down at the huge canyon walls and west where the creek continues to flow. I heard a couple and their dog in the canyon and saw their sign-out on the TH register at Tramway TH. Another great day of beautiful scenery and solitude :)
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