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Clover Creek CanyonPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Snowshoeing avatar Mar 14 2021
chumley
Snowshoeing5.89 Miles 956 AEG
Snowshoeing5.89 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.73 mph
956 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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Part two of the storm dumped another foot of snow along much of the rim and I decided to take advantage of the snowfall for yet another floaty trip through some beautiful country. Managed to push through the plowed bank at FR142 and parked there. I paralleled the fence line along the rehabilitated riparian area along 44 Canyon before reaching the summer-accessible kiosk. From here it was a wonderland into the wilderness. Despite cloudless skies on a bluebird day, high winds in the treetops kept me on alert as there was ample snow falling from the trees above.

This storm will be good for moisture content for the next month or so and was desperately needed, but it's still incredibly dry. There was nary a drop of water in the creek until about 3 miles in, save for one small puddle along the way. I turned back when the canyon thickened up and oversnow travel became particularly treacherous.

It was a nice way to spend a few hours in the higher elevations of a wilderness that doesn't get a lot of human use in the snowy season.

On the drive out I got to witness Coconino SAR enjoying the chance to play with some of their toys in a totally not-life-threatening situation. They had two snowmobiles and a snowcat out on the closed rim road to "rescue" an AZT hiker who didn't care for hiking in the snow from his cozy shelter in General Springs Cabin. Maybe my 2012 experience will become more of a trend for folks in the thru-hiker crowd who either have no clue what they're getting into, or don't care to enjoy it while they're there?

After a bomb 50-mile February, I've got almost 80 miles of snowshoeing in this winter, just about doubling my high from two winters ago. :y: But was this the last of it? :-k
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