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Babe Haught Trail - Hatchery to Knoll Lake
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Babe Haught Trail - Hatchery to Knoll LakePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2018
hikerdw
Hiking10.56 Miles 1,877 AEG
Hiking10.56 Miles   5 Hrs   11 Mns   2.25 mph
1,877 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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With a 80% forecast of rain after 11 AM we went with a shorter hike which turned out to be a great decision.

Up Babe Wow, after 3 weeks of little activity, and the humidity level, I felt this climb. The trail was a little eroded from the recent rains but overall in good shape. Saw a small herd (5-6) of elk at the lower part of the trail.

Across the rim on the 9708 set of FR's Really nice area. Tall stands of trees, nice meadows, and easy to follow FR's.

Short section of the General trail Chevron's were very easy to follow, beautiful section, had me longing for more. Crossed 2 V markers, V54 and V55.

Down to the lake The hike down to the lake was very nice. Saw a couple toads along the way and some squirrels. The water level at the lake is very low.

Hike back to the trailhead Pretty much uneventful until we crossed FR300. As we were nearing the decent down to the trailhead we heard this ponding noise, similar to the sound you hear when a herd of elk are at full stride, so we stopped to look around. About 70-100 yards away we saw the backside of a black bear running at full stride away from us. In a flash he was gone so no pictures. This is our second bear sighting in AZ, the other one was in Flagstaff.

Great hike :)
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