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Haigler Creek via Fishermans PointPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2016
The_N
Hiking7.12 Miles 1,598 AEG
Hiking7.12 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   2.48 mph
1,598 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Quick trip to a secluded water hole for some exploring. Haigler Creek was flowing well and loaded with fish in both the deeper pools and shallows. I stayed next to the creek for the entire trip up canyon. Once passed the initial rock/cliff area the terrain flattens out and the creek runs through a beautiful pine forest for a couple miles with plenty of awesome camp spots along the way. Naegelin Canyon was basically a giant spring running down into Haigler. I had managed to keep my feet dry to this point but that changed quickly as I trudged through the shin - deep, quicksand - like mud covered in cress. My focus then changed to simply trying to keep my shoes on my feet. Beyond Naegelin Canyon the creek became pools to a trickle. The hike became a mix of boulder hopping and walking an old jeep road next to the creek. The falls at Colcord Canyon were dry, just a murky pool at the bottom. The further I went, the higher the cliff walls around me became and there were even a few stubborn patches of snow holding on in the shade. It was reminiscent of West Clear Creek. I made it 3.8 miles into the canyon before coming to a nice climb above a trickling cascade and turned around. On my return I startled a young girl who was alone and napping on a quad near where FR 848 comes down to the creek. The rugged beauty and solitude was much appreciated after a hectic weekend hosting some friends from the valley on a camping trip on the Rim. I'm thinking of a return backpack trip to explore a little further.

dry Colcord Canyon Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Naegelin Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
Plenty of flow feeding Haigler Creek
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