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See Bear Beaver Rattlesnake, AZ
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See Bear Beaver Rattlesnake, AZ 
See Bear Beaver Rattlesnake, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2018
Hiking17.77 Miles 3,069 AEG
Hiking17.77 Miles   9 Hrs   18 Mns   2.12 mph
3,069 ft AEG      55 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
1st trip
Wanted to do some more peepin. See Canyon and See Spring Canyon seemed like they should be prime. I also had a few things I wanted to check out up on top of the rim, so I put this loop together.

I was surprised at the lack of people at the See canyon TH when we started. Nice crisp fall morning to start off.

Up See Canyon Trail #184 we decided to go up See Spring Trail #185 and the canyon, to get 'er done before the forecasted rain. The trees for the most part, were in the early to mid stages of change. We'd bushwhacked down this canyon before and knew it'd be slow going. Snow melt and recent rains had the water running in most sections of the canyon.

This made what was a 15-20' dry fall we'd climbed down before, a no go. We opt'ed for a slow going high/right bypass.

Once up top, I'd been wanting to check out a couple things I'd seen on the Topo maps.

First, Rancho Alegro (Site). I could find nothing online, so boots on the ground it would have to be. Strike out, we saw nothing of importance in the area.

Bennet Butler on the Topo maps was nearby and next up. There were numerous buildings in a clearing and once again, I could find nothing online. This ended up being someones slice of heaven in the middle of Sitgreaves National Forest. What a nice layout and piece of piece of property. I'm guessing family owned before Sitgreaves became a National Forest.

Next off to Bear Canyon Lake where we had lunch. kinda quiet at the lake, which was nice. This was the only time it actually got a bit chilly.

We made our way over to the picturesque Beaver Canyon. Running water, open meadows and Elk jumping across streams, pretty sweet.

We followed a side canyon next to Rattlesnake ridge, until it got choked up a bit too much and jumped up on Rattlesnake Ridge. Spotty color kept us interested.

Dropping down See Canyon we enjoyed the best colors of the day towards the top. This canyon should be good for color for the next couple of weeks.

It's been almost 3 years since I hiked w/ 9L, good to hike with him again. Always good to hike with Cacklin' Karl and Joe Joe the wonder chimp.

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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Aspens were looking good, maples were starting, but still early. They were best in upper See Canyon.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Bear Canyon Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Beaver Canyon - Upper Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bennett Butler Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
This tank is on Private Property, but there is flow from the canyon, to the private property that was available.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Rattlesnake Creek - Knoll Lake Topo Light flow Light flow
Flow by Beaver Canyon, pools high up the canyon

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 See Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Lot of water flowing in the spring area and in springs above.
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