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See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2017
KBKB
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   5 Hrs   35 Mns   1.59 mph
1,874 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
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Marilyn and I hiked See Canyon Trail up to the road and back.

Conditions were cool and damp on the way out. Tall wet grass at the sides of trail caused our legs and feet to get wet. Brushing up against small trees created mini-showers as the leaves shed their wetness. The trail was slightly muddy in spots, but the ground was surprisingly firm.

We managed the creek crossings without getting wet. The first crossing has some logs which one can walk across; there's even a high log which may be used as a handrail. The other crossings were accomplished via rock hopping.

We were both surprised at how mellow the rate of ascent seemed. While there were some moderately steep sections, most did not last very long. Usually, a steep section would be followed by a section of either flat or even slightly downhill terrain. The final part of the trail, perhaps a quarter mile or so, just before it levels off near the road, is a somewhat more sustained climb. For the most part though, the hike ascends fairly gradually to the rim. It seemed like an easy way to obtain over 1800 feet of ascent in a seven mile hike.

There are many views of forest on the way up, but due to the tree density, the views are really not very expansive. The top doesn't have especially good views either. When you get to the end of the trail, the only thing different from views on the way up is that of Forest Road 300. Even so, we both liked the hike as it's significantly different from the desert hikes that we often do.

The parking lot was very busy - we managed to snag the last spot in the parking lot. It appeared that most everyone there had camped out the night before.

My GPS watch followed the official route almost exactly except for the first quarter mile. The current trail goes north along the west side of Christopher Creek for nearly a quarter mile before crossing over the east side. The official route shows the trail heading eastward, crossing the creek within the first tenth of a mile.
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