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See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking10.80 Miles 2,415 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   2.17 mph
2,415 ft AEG   2 Hrs   21 Mns Break
 
1st trip
It has been about 6 months since I have hiked up on the Rim, so I persuaded Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, to go up there.

We started at ended at the See Canyon TH. My original not-so-brilliant idea was do to a loop up the See Canyon Trail, over to Promontory Butte, and then down the Promontory Trail to Derrick and Highline, and back to the TH. As it turned out, there was WAY TOO MUCH snow on the rim to do that. So we just did an out-and-back up to the Rim Road.

There is a much heavier water flow in Christopher Creek than is normally seen. If you don't believe it, look here: [ youtube video ]

There are 2 creek crossings where we had to improvise in finding a way across that would enable us to keep our feet dry. One is near the start of the hike, and the other is not far past the fork with the See Spring Trail. Here is Tracie going across the second crossing: [ youtube video ]

We went up the See Spring Trail up to See Spring. imho it is well worth this little side-trip.

Except for the 2 aforementioned creek crossings, the hike was fairly normal until we got up to near 7,000' in elevation, although there was some water running in the trail in a couple of places. As we gained elevation we started to see some occasional snow, some of which was on the trail. Once we got to 7,400'-7,500' we started to see more snow, and by 7,500' there was quite a bit of knee deep snow. In a few places, I sunk down to my waist in the snow. For a while I was following some elk tracks, and I found that if I stepped in the back part of the elk track I would hardly sink down in the snow.

When we finally got to near the Rim Road, there were some snow drifts probably 3 feet deep or more. The elevation where we hit the Rim Road was about 7,850'. We walked maybe 1,000' on the Rim Road, and the snow on the road was packed down (probably from some freeze-thaw) and you didn't sink down very much in the snow while walking; but you sank down just enough to make walking a bit tiring. At that point we decided to turn around and go back to the TH.

With all of the snow that is yet to melt, I imagine that there will be some heavy water flow in Christopher Creek for the foreseeable future. The Rim Road is currently gated shut at both ends, and according to the Coconino National Forest website, it is not supposed to reopen until mid to late April.

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