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North Peak Trail #24Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2017
Hiking7.00 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.17 mph
3,400 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break20 LBS Pack
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Spent the night near the TH. Nice to see water trickling in Mineral Creek in the upper portions near the spring but the area could use some rain, snow. Morning temps were in the upper 30's, low 40's, a little colder than I prefer but the daytime temps were ideal for the intense mile 2 portion of this hike that if it was any steeper would need ropes in a few sections, only fell twice on the way back down due to the loose gravel on a 40 degree slope, I would take a game trail if I knew of any in these sections. Continuing on near the more level sections around 6000 ft I found a surprising number of new Pine and healthy tall Emory Oaks. In this section the dog got scared and growled at something in the Manzanita which is unusual, maybe a bear. Near the 6200 ft mark where the trail starts to turn on the west side there is some trail confusion. A nice section of trail continues just below the 6200 ft mark while the well cairn'd section rises above the 6200 ft mark and across some dry grassy fields. I didn't have the time to find where I missed the fork but to those who built the several cairns after the 2004 fire I salute you. Continuing on to the north face of North Peak was easy as the area tends to be more open for whatever reason and once I hit the tall pines there were game trails that seem to traverse the entire north face making travel easier through the fairly open, park like setting with some very large, mature Ponderosa Pine, a rare sight these days. I didn't summit as I have found that to be overrated in the Mazzy's as the top is always 'just a little further' so I settled for the non death march approach and stopped at about the 6500 ft level just under the rim of the the 7449' peak with excellent views of the impressive 'Rocky Mtn' like ambiance. I could see Mingus, Bill Williams, Kendrick and 'The Peaks'. Going back down was much swifter slip sliding most the way saying 'thank you little roots, please stay strong'.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Yellow, Red, little Pink.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Mineral Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Mineral Spring flowing nicely which is great considering it is going on almost 3 months without rain.
Wherever you go there you are.
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