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Babe Haught Trail - Hatchery to Knoll Lake
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Babe Haught Trail - Hatchery to Knoll LakePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2016
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Hiking8.40 Miles 1,923 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   2.18 mph
1,923 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Led a group of hikers up the Mogollon Rim from the Fish Hatchery to Knoll Lake. The Babe Haught trail starts from the north end of the parking area just outside of the Fish Hatchery. From the first step, you're heading up, pushing your way through tall grass. I was using BobP's GPS track from 2009 to verify that I was still leading my group in the correct direction. The grass didn't last long and was replaced by shin scalping and forearm shredding manzanita, but at least now you could see ground and the snakes you were about to step on. There are spots where the trail is narrow or washed out with steep drops off the rim. As you near the top the views into the valley are spectacular. There's a short section where you are top of a narrow, rocky ridge line that is just fantastic! Once you crest the rim, there's plenty of tall pines to shade you but not much of a foot path to follow. There are plenty of cairns placed within eye site of each other that will get you to the 300 road and on to Knoll Lake. Lots of water and crayfish in the lake. Finished the great hike with a great bacon burger at Macky's in Payson.
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