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South Fork - Gold Ridge LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking13.67 Miles 3,567 AEG
Hiking13.67 Miles   8 Hrs   34 Mns   1.86 mph
3,567 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Perfect temps, a new trail and the chance for wildflowers was the impetus for this one.

I'd never done the Gold Ridge and most of the things I read did not give it high ratings. I enjoyed this climb. It didn't hurt that the flower show was pretty darn good in the 4,000' to 5,000' range. There were more types of flowers on this hike than I've seen on a single hike. Joe documented them well in his triplog. https://hikearizona.com/x.php?x=164563

No Grasshoppers had lunch waiting for us at the top of this one. We trudged on.

I'd been on South Fork before and the memories came back of all the downed trees. There has been major work to clear them... and there's more to go. We hit more fields of flowers on the way down while traversing the flowing South Fork of Deer Creek.
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Substantial to Extreme 4000' - 5000'

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