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South Fork - Gold Ridge LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.90 Miles 3,688 AEG
Hiking13.90 Miles   6 Hrs   46 Mns   2.32 mph
3,688 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
I did this hike 5 days ago and liked it so much that I decided to do it again. Last time I did the hike solo, but this time I met 3 friends at the TH. Normally we would have carpooled to the TH, but in this era of social distancing, we each drove to the TH.

The hike was similar to last week: the climb up on the Gold Ridge Trail was a tough one; break time at Camp Grasshopper was a winner; and the descent on the South Fork Trail was a lot of fun.

There was still a good bit of water running in the South Fork of Deer Creek, but it seemed to me to be a bit less than last week. Wildflowers on the lower portion of the South Fork Trail are amAZing right now!

We saw one person on the Gold Ridge Trail, and he was doing trail maintenance. On the South Fork Trail we met 2 people about 1.5 miles from the TH. Other than that, we had the trails to ourselves!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Wildflowers were moderate on the Gold Ridge Trail; were close to non-existent on the upper portion of the South Fork Trail; but were substantial if not extreme on the lower portion of the South Fork Trail. The owl clover, stemless primrose, fleabane, and desert marigold were definite winners!

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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
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