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Stewart Ridge - PaysonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2020
guyinthewoods
Hiking7.47 Miles 1,474 AEG
Hiking7.47 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.03 mph
1,474 ft AEG      14 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Started this hike at the small mud springs "trailhead" on gibson ct. I followed the well-defined trail easily until i got to the top of hill 5502, at which point the trail ends and following the ridge became a serious bushwhack (and not the fun kind). After zig-zagging back and forth across an old fenceline for a while, i reached a point that i thought would be good for descending the ridge. It turned out to be very steep and extremely dense with manzanita and oak brush, but i forced my way through and down the loose rocky hillside. Originally i intended to reach the boulders loop trail and follow it back towards where i parked, but as the hill leveled out i found the unmarked, unsigned mountain bike singletrack that follows the contours below stewart ridge. I was low on water and decided to take that path instead. I was glad i did, since it offers a higher vantage compared to the boulders trail. The views of stewart pocket from this unofficial trail are better than from the top of the ridge in my opinion. After a couple more miles the trail approached the phoenix street trailhead. In this area exists a very confusing network of intersecting light use trails which makes it hard to tell which way to go. Eventually after some wandering i reached the trailhead and completed the unpleasant gradual climb up the road to where i began the hike. The only wildlife i spotted was a fox on top of the ridge near hill 5502 and the standard assortment of cows.
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