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Crackerbox Canyon Upper Loop, AZ
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Crackerbox Canyon Upper Loop, AZ 
Crackerbox Canyon Upper Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2018
markthurman53
Hiking3.70 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   56 Mns   2.24 mph
300 ft AEG      17 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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After finishing the Barbershop trail I had the rest of the day so I decided to do a little of the Crackerbox Canyon Trail. It was 2:00 in the afternoon so I figured I could spend 2 hours in this canyon before heading back to Payson for the evening. Because of the early morning rain the creek was running with the upper portion near the Rim road rather "Marshy". The sun was out and in the canyon there was no breeze so it was really muggy. Temps were in the 70's and the bugs were out. The walk along the stream was fairly easy but had to stay to either the west or east of the stream because of the water. This made walking a little more difficult because of the constant stepping through brush and over tree falls. At about one mile in the water in the stream disappeared underground so stream bed walking was possible. At about 2 miles down stream I turned around and headed up the ridge to the east to FSR 123 Battleground Ridge Road. Followed this road back to the Rim Road. Before hitting the Rim Road the General Crook Trail comes in from the east, heading up Battleground ridge from General Springs Cabin. At this junction in a tree is an insulator that was part of the telegraph lines that ran along the general Crook Trail. I heard these could still be found and it appears I found one. Not sure if these lines are as old as the trail though. So if you are at this junction look up.

This was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon, but I'm not sure I will head back down this canyon any time soon. Not real interesting and there are a lot of other more interesting places to try. After seeing how the afternoon turned out I'm not so sure I shouldn't have just finished the U Bar trail when I was on the Barbershop Trail. Was hesitant to do a 15 mile hike with my knee (and couldn't do it without it) and the weather wasn't looking too good at the time. Oh well.
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