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Pine Canyon Trail #26Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2018
KBKB
Hiking11.88 Miles 2,661 AEG
Hiking11.88 Miles   5 Hrs   52 Mns   2.15 mph
2,661 ft AEG      20 Mns Break26 LBS Pack
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My wife joined me for the first four miles of the Pine Canyon Trail, starting from the southern trailhead (Pine TH). After four miles, she turned around and, eventually, picked me up at the north trailhead.

She had some trouble finding the north trailhead, so I ended up walking southbound on SR 87 until she found me.

As for the trail... the southern sections are in great shape. The last 2 miles or so of the northern section had occasional deadfall to cross or go around, but for the most part this was pretty easy. There were only maybe two times where I had to look closely to see where to go next. On one occasion, I missed a turn for a switchback, but it became obvious within about 25 feet that I was no longer going the right way. On the other occasion, a large tree had fallen across a wet drainage that the trail crossed. The trail forked at this point and the right fork was considerably better than the way that trail #26 went. There is a sign at that location though, so I wasn't tempted to follow the other fork.

We saw a number of other hikers early on. We also saw two mountain bikers, one of whom I saw while I was hiking alone. After that, I saw no one until I hit SR 87 at the north end.

I also saw the turnoff for the loop with the Donahue Trail. It has a sign, which surprised me. The way, early on, appears to have a bunch of ribbons along the way.

Actually... there are a lot of signs on this trail, some for trails which presumably lead back to Pine (e.g. Good Enough Trail) or SR 87 (Bearfoot Trail) and other signs for other points of interest. I considered visiting a few of these, but didn't want to keep my wife waiting overly long.

I also saw some cabins as I started to near the northern end, I gather that this is Camp Lo Mia, but it seems that it's off limits to the public as there are additional signs telling National Forest users to not exit that NF via Camp Lo Mia. I'm guessing that some of the nearby POI signage might be related to this camp.
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