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Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2019
KBKB
Hiking9.88 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking9.88 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   2.58 mph
1,490 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Ben, Marilyn, Nick, Mike, Marilyn, and I hiked out nearly five miles on Deer Creek Trail #45 on Sunday.

The creek was really flowing, having the most water that I've ever seen in the creek. Though to be fair, I usually visit when it's fairly dry. The water was high enough that fording the creek without getting our feet overly wet was difficult. Some of us crossed it perhaps four times on the way out before getting to a point where the next crossing would have meant getting our feet truly soaked. The current was strong there and the landing wasn't especially good had we slipped off the submerged rocks.

Davey Gowan's grave looked much the same as the last time I visited, about a year and a half ago.

The trail has seen some maintenance since then, however. Very little, if any, bushwhacking was required for the (nearly) five mile stretch that we did. It was also easier to follow and there is now a new section of trail through the eroded gully that turned me back (at around the four mile mark - just slightly past the Wilderness sign) when I was there in 2017. They've done a really nice job on these trails. Water was flowing down one of the gullies that we crossed, but was somehow routed underneath the trail that crossed over it - that bit really surprised me.

I want to get back out and do more of it when it's somewhat drier...
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