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Fred Haught Trail #141Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2017
adilling
Hiking14.30 Miles 1,625 AEG
Hiking14.30 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   2.50 mph
1,625 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
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Up on the Mongollon Rim! Darth Stiller aka Chris invited me on this hike a few weeks ago. We were joined by Wally Frack as well.

This neat little trail starts off FR300 – The Rim Rd. We accessed it from the “Strawberry” side of the RIM.

The trail starts at the General Springs Cabin. The first 3 miles of the trail is a section of the Arizona Trail. The trail is up and down throughout the hike, but there are no really steep sections. The path is well worn and mostly sandy or dirt.

After three miles, the trail splits from the AZT and heads to the north and east. There is a turn off for a 1 mile r/t side hike to the Fred Haught Cabin. We thought about taking the side trip, but Chris wisely decided to forego this detour and see if we might want to hit it on the way back. The turnaround for the trail is at the Pinchot Cabin. The total round trip is just over 14 miles.

The area is heavily forested with Ponderosa Pine. Because of the good rainfall this winter and the monsoons of the summer, there was a tremendous amount of fern growth. Combined with a scenic little creek, this trail is quite beautiful.
There was a good sized fire earlier this year and the last section of the hike was the edges of the fire. There were some stands of trees pretty charred and quite a few blackened trees laying around. Not much undergrowth in this section either. Luckily, it spared most of this area.

The weather when we hiked was perfect at the start. About 11am the clouds started rolling in. Before 12 noon, it was thunder and rain. It was a steady soaking, but nothing too bad. The lightning and thunder was not so pleasant.

We finished up the hike in just over 6 hours. I was ass-dragging at the end, but Chris was going pretty strong. And, of course, Wally left us in the dust once he turned the jets on. The cool weather, fresh air and beautiful scenery made for an excellent hike! Hiking up there in the cool weather is a nice change from the oven of Phoenix. And, it’s always good to hike with a couple of fellow HAZ-ers. Thanks for the invite, Chris, and it was a pleasure hiking with you and Wally for sure.
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