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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 Aug 24 2016
The_N
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.57 mph
2,100 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
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Rosie's first trip to the lake. It was beautiful this morning on the rim, cool and sunny. We started from the Hatchery and made our way through the tall grass. B Haught up the rim is in good shape beyond the grassy beginning. Once atop the rim it flattens out and the trail disperses. More of a network of cairns than an actual trail. Stopped at Tonto Tank and Rosie hopped in. B Haught north of FR300 and down to the lake is my favorite part, and today didn't disappoint. Everything was wet, slick, shaded, mossy, ferny and covered in mushrooms. Almost like being in a rain forest. We split off on a game trail that eventually met back up with the trail. Had a blast sliding down wet logs and mud patches. Pools in the adjacent drainage kept Rosie satisfied. We arrived at Knoll and had the place to ourselves for a moment. So quiet and peaceful I was actually bummed that I had to return. We had mostly cloud cover now as we started back up from the lake. Spotted one elk darting through the trees. Right before we reached the edge of the rim to make our way back down, I caught a glimpse of a storm cell that literally came from nowhere and was headed straight for us. I got caught in a nasty storm on this trail last August. Flashbacks of that event and rumbling thunder behind me put a pep in our steps for the trip down. We got rained on for the last 2 miles but reached the vehicle safely. By the time we had driven back to the 260 it was bone dry.
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Horned Lizard
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Knoll Lake Mogollon Rim Tonto Tank
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Tonto Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
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