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East Verde RiverPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2017
MountainMatt
Hiking3.49 Miles 412 AEG
Hiking3.49 Miles
412 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
 
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Started 1/4 mile from the Doll Baby TH because the show was just that good I could not resist but to pull over, park and start!

My dog and I just stayed inside the river bed and enjoyed the dense canopy of golden foliage on a fine overcast Autumn afternoon.
Easy pleasant walking with a smorgasbord of scenery in every direction for a few miles.
The Pine Creek confluence is in a incredibly interesting area where the East Verde Narrows up and turns into a rugged little gorge.
But the best part is perhaps the random peaceful open flatlands in the wide valley paralleling PC.

After enjoying the foliage down low I found a shallow river crossing and climbed steeply up to a mesa overlooking the East V and the valley I just mentioned.
The sights from up top were some of the best I've seen in quite some time, North Peak, Polles Mesa, The Mogollon Rim, and of course an epic eagle eye view of the fall colors meandering along the mighty East V
made for a landscape dream.

I wanted to stay on the mesa and loop it back to my truck but to avoid cliffing out in new terrain after sunset I just hiked down and returned the way I came.

A short but incredibly fulfilling hike into the Mazzies under perfect conditions that has me wanting more!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
About as good as it gets for sycamores and cottonwoods in this area!
Everything is healthy and peaking around the same with a hearty assortment of yellow and gold as far as the eye can see.

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Light clear flow at the confluence with the East V.
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