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Pocket Trail #38
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Pocket Trail #38Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2016
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Hiking32.45 Miles 6,741 AEG
Hiking32.45 Miles   15 Hrs      2.50 mph
6,741 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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I started out by the 76 Ranch. You need to call ahead to get permission and the gate code. Along the way I stopped at the Dead boy point, brushy tank and the Solder camp creek.
The last third mile of this hike makes this the most strenuous hike I’ve done in a long time(maybe ever). The steepness and the loose ground almost made me turn around numerous times, but the sight of the Tonto creek snaking around the canyon walls made me continue. I was sliding down with every foot step. In fact I sat down to assess the situation and still slide down! I found a drainage to west (left) and took that down. I had to deal with brushes in the drainage and rock scrambling, but I made it down. It took me almost an hour to drop into the Tonto. I didn’t see any evidence of the Pocket Trail crossing the Tonto, nor is it on the Topo maps.

Going up was a lot easier than expected. It took me about 40 minutes to climb the 800 feet. I did take numerous picture ‘breaks’ going back up.

I didn’t see any people the entire day. The super-moon guided me all the way back to the Jeep. Awesome views within the Tonto’s version of the Grand Canyon and a moonlight hike out. :y:

The high temp was 74 , low was 40 and the average for the day was 60.
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