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Maxwell Trail #37Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking3.98 Miles 931 AEG
Hiking3.98 Miles   5 Hrs   16 Mns   0.89 mph
931 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
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The kids wanted to play in water, so this fit the bill. Kind of a slow hike down to the creek since one kid decided to argue with everyone and hold things up. Once we got to the water though, moods improved considerably. We had a snack break, and the kids splashed and swam the entire way as we headed upstream about a mile. We stopped once we reached Clover Canyon and took another break. The kids wanted to keep going, but some clouds were starting to pop up to our west, so we turned around and headed back. Faster progress downstream, but the kids still got to play in the water the entire way. The hike back up Maxwell was a little warm, but not too bad. I had bought the kids cooling towels a few days ago, and those things really do work! Once at the top, it was cloudy and smelled like rain, but it stayed just barely to the north of us. Nice and cool though.

The water through that mile of WCC was generally about knee deep on me, with one short stretch that was about hip deep with a carefully selected path. Lots of evidence of the flooding from a few months ago, but the vegetation was thick—staying in the water was by far the easiest way to hike down there.

The road is not in great condition, it’s definitely rougher than the last time I was on it. 2wd is fine when dry, but there are a lot of rocky sections. Medium clearance would be okay if careful/slow. Mostly trucks & suv’s at the trailhead, but I did see one Toyota minivan—that must have been a very tedious drive for them.
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