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Picture MountainPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2020
jtaylor
Hiking3.85 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles
700 ft AEG
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I had a childhood chock full of exploring the Eastern Sierra Anchas, but this was my first time on the Western side. John had the idea to head up here and, with Sam wanting to break-in his new (to him) Tundra, it was the perfect destination. It was a pretty quick trip up to the trailhead from the Tonto Basin side. I would call at least part of the road 4wd, although a high-clearance vehicle with good tires could make it work. We kicked things off with lunch before heading up the trail. Most of the kids balked, so only three of us made the summit for grand views. Hiking back down was perilous due to the steepness and loose scree.

Back at the vehicles we had a beer and then the grand idea to continue on FR609 across to the 288. Based on some pictures and videos, we assumed it was a graded road and would add only a half-hour to our day. We were dead wrong on that. We spent the next 3-4 hours on a fun, 4wd road through an unpopulated gem! Macy drove most of the way. I was impressed by her skills by Andrew was less than amused near the sheer drop-offs.

By the time we reached 288 the kids were mutinous. We saw John and his boys off near Reynold's Creek and Macy gamely took over for the curvy trip down to Globe (this time even I was a little intimidated by the cliffs). We rolled into Phoenix around dinner time. Our reward was Thai food and much-needed showers and a car wash. I look forward to exploring this area again!
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