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South Fork - Gold Ridge LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2020
trekkin_gecko
Hiking13.74 Miles 3,396 AEG
Hiking13.74 Miles   6 Hrs   14 Mns   2.32 mph
3,396 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
1st trip
got an invite from chums to hike this loop
kyle and karl came along, too
all new trails for me, so it sounded great
especially the part about south fork having some maintenance done recently
got going mid morning
deer creek to gold ridge, then a sustained climb of 3k in 6 miles
topped out on 201 near camp grasshopper, where we took a break
down peeley road, then a drop into south fork
very scenic with flowing water the entire way
trail was flagged and cairned and easy enough to follow
a few creek crossings, a few downed trees, and some steep bits getting away from and back down to the creek
kept things interesting :)
but nice to have the last couple miles be easy ones
temps were good for this, although it was breezy up high
nicely sheltered in the creek
good to hike with chums, kyle and karl again, and meet lily - what a sweetheart
thanks for the invite, guys

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Pigeon Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
spring box had a layer of ice on top

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max South Fork Deer Creek Medium flow Medium flow
good flow the entire way
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