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9 by photographer avatarAugustWest
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See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking10.45 Miles 2,476 AEG
Hiking10.45 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.53 mph
2,476 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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It occurred to me that I had never climbed to the top of the rim from the bottom on any trail. so I set out today to fix that.

I arrived at the TH at about 10:30 AM To a bustling parking lot. Aravaipa Runners Club was (and still is) running the 100 mile, Mogollon Monster today and tonight. See Canyon Trail is a small part of the course and there was a station set up that was slowly being taken down at the trailhead.

I started up only knowing I had to be in Gilbert no later than 5 to meet a friend for dinner. At the last minute I detoured to check out See Spring which was a good idea. The entire area around the spring is super green and lush. The first two people I saw of the day were two women drinking champagne at the rock table close to the spring. It really looked like they were waiting on a five course meal.

See Canyon was perfect with a mix of shade and sun under first the pines then the firs as I went further up in altitude. About a mile (or less) past the turnoff for the spring, the creek dried out.

The entire route was flagged by the running club and the trail was very easy to follow despite grass and maples crowding things in spots.

I saw 4 people on the way up and probably 15-20 on the way down all within a mile of the trailhead. Rim Road was dusty and my walk along General Crook Trail had me walking close to trucks and campsites.

My only issue with the trail was the lack of views. I thought climbing to the top of
the Promontory Fire Lookout would solve that, but that spot is locked down with razor wire, digital night vision surveillance and laser beams.

Fun and very beautiful area that I will return to and maybe find another way to reach the rim.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Wildflower seed in the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again
 
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