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See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ
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See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ 
See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2018
Hiking11.90 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking11.90 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   2.56 mph
2,000 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break
1st trip
Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I decided to escape the heat of the VOS and go up to the Rim Country past Payson.

We started and ended the hike at the See Canyon TH, and we did a clockwise loop up to the Rim on the See Canyon Trail, and came back down off of the Rim on the Drew Trail.

I enjoy hiking up See Canyon, even though there aren't any great views...but the forest was lush and green this time of year, although there wasn't as much water flowing through Christopher Creek as I would have guessed. Once we got up on the Rim, we took a right on Rim Road 300 for a short distance until we got to the intersection where FR 208 turns to the left to go toward Bear Canyon Lake. We took a right at this intersection and followed some forest roads and (I presume) part of the General Crook Trail to the Drew Trail. It was roughly 4 miles to get from the TH to the Rim Road, and another 4 miles to get to the Drew Trail. It was just a hair over one mile to descend Drew down to the Highline Trail; then we went west on the Highline for about 2 3/4 miles back to the TH.

This section of the Highline Trail was nice -- the trail was not rocky, and it mostly gently sloped downhill to the TH.

The only wildlife that we saw was a squirrel and a few birds. We did see a couple of interesting mushrooms though.

One section of the hike was on the edge of the Rim, which offered some nice views to the south. There was also a nice view of Promontory Butte from the Highline Trail.

This is a nice little hike, although I think that it would be better in the fall.

It was 63 degrees when we started the hike, and it was probably in the low 80's when we got back to the TH. The weather forecast called for a 60% chance of thunderstorms, mainly after 11 AM. We got on the trail about 6:45 and got back to the TH around 12:30. By the time we were back there were rumbles of thunder and some dark clouds off to the north up above the rim -- so I was glad that we got an early start.
I'd rather die of exhaustion than die of starvation.
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