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South Fork - Gold Ridge LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2020
hikerdw
Hiking13.32 Miles 3,211 AEG
Hiking13.32 Miles   6 Hrs   4 Mns   2.41 mph
3,211 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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Had this hike on the list and after seeing triplogs from @trekkin_gecko, @chumley, and @BiFrost, figured this would be a good time.

Gold Ridge Trail
AKA Switchbacks are for Sissy's. Ryan led the charge up so we made pretty good time. Saw a herd of elk just past South Fork Tank. Trail was is great shape, no remaining patches of snow.

South Fork Trail
We hiked down to the creek and stopped for an early lunch. Two and a half hours to this point. I led the navigation down the South Fork Trail. Overall not to bad. Some deadfall to go around or over, some steep spots with a thin trail tread, but overall, considering your hiking in a creekbed, not too bad. Three hours back to the car from where we had lunch.

Great to good trail conditions, excellent weather, flowing water, what else could a AZ hiker ask for :D
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Very light in spots.

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Catchment was full.

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