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South Fork - Gold Ridge LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking14.00 Miles 3,714 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   7 Hrs   17 Mns   2.22 mph
3,714 ft AEG      58 Mns Break
 
It had been about a year since I had done this hike, and it seemed like a good one to do in this era of "social distancing".

I encountered 3 people on the hike: a guy doing trail maintenance on the Gold Ridge Trail; and 2 people on the South Fork Trail not too far from the trailhead.

I did the hike by going up the Gold Ridge Trail, and then coming down South Fork. The first mile on Gold Ridge is at a relaxed uphill grade and is a good warmup; but the next 2.5-3.0 miles are a steep butt-kicker. The trail is in pretty good shape though and has mostly been well-maintained. I don't think that they have done any maintenance on South Fork recently, and it seemed in worse shape when I hike it last about a year ago. For me, the going was a bit slow for the first 4 miles or so on South Fork.

There was a good bit of water flowing on South Fork, which made that portion of the hike enjoyable.

I enjoy this hike, and right now is a good time of year to do it.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
In some sections of the hike I'd say that the wildflowers were "subtantial", but in other sections they were non-existent, which is why I rated it "moderate". There was a wide variety of flowers though.

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There was a good bit of water in the spring, but I really couldn't tell how much per minute there was.

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There was a good bit of water flowing, and a few nice waterfalls.
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