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11 by photographer avatarThe_N
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South Fork Trail #46Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2016
The_N
Hiking8.72 Miles 1,559 AEG
Hiking8.72 Miles   4 Hrs   4 Mns   2.49 mph
1,559 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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Decided to hike this area because of the weather today. There was 100% chance of storms on the rim and only 60% chance with a high of 91° for Soth Fork. That's pretty much what I've been seeing on the Highline over the last month. The cloud cover this a.m. was nice, although the humidity was ridiculous in this rugged little canyon. I've never sweat so intensely in my life. Everything was wet from last night's rain but very little water in the creek. Vegetation wise, it's a jungle. Lots of wildflowers still present but everything else was of the scratchy/stabby variety. About a quarter mile beyond the 'granite tubs' I turned north into a drainage and found a nice size waterfall just barely trickling. I climbed up and followed the drainage for a short distance and found a decent pool and a series of cascades. Must be a neat spot when flowing good. For now it seems to be a wildlife highway, lots of deer sign and some bear scat. Didn't see any deer though. I did see a handful of garter snakes, tons of lizards and just about every insect present in this region. Storm clouds began to gather and I decided to get started back. Temps had reached low to mid 90's by the time I reached the TH.
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