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Pivot Rock CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2020
Hiking8.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
600 ft AEG
1st trip
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Everybody seems to like this Hike, so it was time to see what it was all about. I inadvertently did part of this Hike a few years ago, just exploring the Creek in both directions from 142, but back then I didn't know about this particular Hike. I made it as far as the Cabin last time. Big difference between then and now. Back in May 2017 the water was running from the road almost all the way to the Cabin. Not this time. It was dry until the last 1/2 mile or so before the Spring. I was hoping that wouldn't be the case and it nixed my plans to go downstream as well, after I got back from the Spring.

I arrived fairly early and it was apparent that the area had gotten some rain in the last 12 hours. There were still some cloudiness present, but it was clearing up. I headed out and within the first 1/4 mile, I ran into a rafter of turkeys, so although I didn't get any great photos, it was a nice start. Birds were few and far between after that until water started to appear in the creek. The Forest was very quiet. It was nice, albeit rather muggy to start off with. I didn't see another soul until just before Pivot Rock. A father and son combo had parked up above and I met them travelling down canyon. They had never been there, so were new to the area too.

Found Pivot Rock, signed the Register and continued on for the spring. I arrived at the Spring and took a nice break and had an early lunch. The Spring is pretty cool, in more ways than one. I think the temp dropped almost 20 degrees when you were close to that cave. And the birds were showing up as I sat there. I think they prefer to drink right from the source, rather than further down the creek. I ended up with 12 species for the day. Butterflies were also numerous even though there wasn't much for wildflowers on this hike.

Went back the way I came and timed it pretty well getting back to the truck. The sky was getting dark and thunder could be heard. I never did get rained on though, even in the truck. Since I didn't want to explore Tom's Creek the other way since it was dry, I decided to do a quick hike up to the Baker Butte Lookout. That didn't work out too well as there are No Entry signs now, due to some pandemic floating around. So I went down to Payson and dinked around the East Verde for a bit before getting some dinner and heading home. Another interesting Sunset on the way home. A Sunset through smoke amidst a burned desert.

It was a good day all in all and I'll be back to do Tom's Creek to Clover another day when things are flowing again. Nice to get out of the heat again for sure.
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Not much going on for wildflowers on this Hike. Area seems too dry even though it looked to have just gotten some rain. Vegetation looks stressed until you get to the water.

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First 1/4 mile of the Canyon going towards the Spring.

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