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See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
 Hiking11.38 Miles 2,033 AEG
 Hiking11.38 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   2.38 mph
2,033 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break
 
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Arrived at See Canyon Trailhead around 8:30am to an empty parking lot with low 40 degree temperatures. Soon after my arrival one other car and two hikers showed up. I began my hike just after 9am making my way north towards 300. The start of this hike is perfect, nice cruisey paths through wooded areas, the sounds of Christopher Creek, what more could you ask for? However, the last 1.5 miles up to the control road are a bit different. The trail begins to steepen and in spots gets a bit rockier. The weather had also shifted to a mix of high winds, rain, and graupel which then turned to a wet snow just before I made it to FR300. Once on the rim the temps had dropped to around 33/34 degrees but to be honest it was kind of relaxing and added to the adventure. Deciding not to head down into Bear Canyon due to the weather, I decided to cut through the forest from 300 over to 208 instead. While hiking on 208 it is noted that there are quite a few disbursed camping sites in the area with the presence of the filth wizard being strong. Yuck. I didn't expected anything less but it's not how I remember the area 15 years ago.
Once I got the the 208 TH I setup a temporary day camp, cleaned up the area I was camped in, relaxed for about an hour, and started my hike back to the car around 3:30pm.

Going back the the weather was a bit milder with temps warming to ~38 degrees and a light rain. The rain fizzled off around 4:30pm and the skies cleared up for the final two hours of the hike. I was a bit worried about a few sections of trail going back down See Canyon but it wasn't too bad. Some of the area got a little muddier than before but overall it was far easier going up than going down. A few slips/slides but no injuries. The evening light going into the canyon was nice end to the day and I should have grabbed a couple photos. First time up See Canyon and wont be the last, I will likely use this trail as a gateway to the rim for future hiking or backpacking trips.
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