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Vine Canyon LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2019
joebartels
Hiking13.03 Miles 3,361 AEG
Hiking13.03 Miles   9 Hrs   50 Mns   1.67 mph
3,361 ft AEG   2 Hrs   3 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Bruce suggested a rare out-n-back. Chums spiced it up with an Outlander route which Bruce had on the back burner too. Heading in I wasn't yippee skippy excited about non-technical canyoneering what looked like mandatory pants terrain on satellite in June. On the same token you don't turn down opportunity, especially retracing Outlander.

Within a hundred yards I was glad I made the rare choice to wear pants as we worked through light manzanita. Tree cover heading down was a bonus. Obstacles most could navigate handily kept our pace to a crawl. We logged a good hour on a couple down climbs alone trying multiple approaches to get me down.

The canyon was a worthy ride with oohs and ahhs along the way.

2.75 miles down took most of the morning. Under a half mile of occasional bushwhacking later we lunched. Which was a sight to see in it's own. Imagine someone plowing through said foliage in shorts without one complaint. BiFrost can punch a hole through steel manzanita like no other layered head to toe ready to battle. Chums deserves a golf clap or slap on the noggin for the beach attire approach.

After lunch it was creek and faint trail travel over to social disneyland. Tweedle dum and tweedle dee went swimming over and over like they were robbed childhood while I simply relaxed and absorbed the creek atmosphere.

The hike up was a roaster but seemed reasonable knowing it was a good 15 degrees shy of really hot.

Enjoyed the hike. Glad it ended.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
notably verbena
isolated paintbrush
light columbine in a couple areas
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