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Myrtle Point 7920
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2020-09-30  
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Myrtle Point 7920Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking18.60 Miles 2,986 AEG
Hiking18.60 Miles   8 Hrs   22 Mns   2.53 mph
2,986 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
1st trip
Tracie the Intrepid and I had been to Myrtle Point once before, about 2.5 years ago, and we were looking for a hike to do up on the Rim, so we decided to go there again. I had never been on the Myrtle Trail before, and had never been on the section of the Highline Trail between the Fish Hatchery and the Myrtle Trail, so I decided to make a loop hike out of it; actually I got the idea from a hike that @hikerdw did earlier this year.

We started west on the Highline Trail, and we were on the trail for about 8.5 miles until we got to the Myrtle Trail. The first few miles of the Highline Trail were really nice -- we were hiking on smooth red rocks, and it reminded me of being in Sedona. After a few miles the trail was a bit less interesting, and there was a bit of uphill to get to the Myrtle Trail.

The Myrtle Trail was a nice trail to take up to the Rim. It was a bit steep, but there were a few switchbacks and for the most part the trail followed the contour of the mountain getting up to the top.

Once on the Rim, we took the Rim Road and the General Crook Trail to FR 300C, the turnoff to Myrtle Point. It was an easy walk to Myrtle Point from there. The views are nice at the highpoint, although I like being up on Promontory Butte better.

Once back at the Rim Road-FR 300C junction, we took the Rim Road for aways, and then bushwhacked for a bit, and followed some other forest roads and logging roads to the Babe Haught Trail, which took us back to the starting point.

This hike was longer than what I expected it to be. The temperature was warmer than normal and there were no clouds in the sky and very few trees, so there was lots of sun exposure. If I ever did the hike again, I'd pick a cooler day!

I enjoyed the hike, but if you only want to bag Myrtle Point, there are shorter and easier ways to get there.
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
We saw a couple of trees with some fall color, but that was about it; however, there were very few hardwoods, so there are better places to go for seeing fall foliage.
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