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South Fork - Gold Ridge LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2017
chumley
Hiking13.96 Miles 3,669 AEG
Hiking13.96 Miles   6 Hrs   54 Mns   2.23 mph
3,669 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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Have never even been to this trailhead before! :o

Gold Ridge is meh. The lower part is steep and seems to have forgotten about switchbacks. The upper part is actually pretty nice, but would have been a whole lot nicer pre-fire.

I took a short side-trip up to the Gold BM. It took a minute to find as it had been protected by a few rocks piled above it. There was some wire from a survey structure or height of light that made me look for it in the right spot. Didn't see any obvious reference marks, but didn't search too hard either.

South Fork offers nicer scenery but more challenging routefinding. I enjoy finding old trail tread, though there were times that it didn't seem logical. The leaves are just sprouting so it was still a little bit gray and bare. Plenty of water from the very top to the very bottom. Some pools plenty deep for full immerson, though not really large enough to actually swim. It got warmer on the way down and I considered taking a dip but ultimately decided to just hoof it back to the car.

It was nice to meet 9L. :sweat: Thanks to Kyle for driving.
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