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Fall Foliage on the Rim, AZ
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Fall Foliage on the Rim, AZ 
Fall Foliage on the Rim, AZ
 
Hiking10.28 Miles 1,493 AEG
Hiking10.28 Miles   4 Hrs      2.87 mph
1,493 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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I had been thinking of heading up to the Rim to check out the fall foliage, and upon seeing a triplog from @The_Eagle a couple of days ago I decided to go.

I actually did 2 hikes:
1) Maverick Canyon
2) Upper Buck Spring/Cabin Loop

I first went to the Maverick Canyon hike. It turns out that most of the maples here are past prime -- probably by a week or more. I saw some close to where I parked that were ok, but it was a bit disappointing to be a dollar short and a day late.

I then went over to Upper Buck Spring Canyon. Here some of the maples were at or near peak, but others were a bit past peak. Still this area was worth taking a look at. Most of the maples were within a half mile where I parked, but I walked through the canyon over to the Buck Springs cabins. It was very delightfall hike through the canyon -- the tread was great and it was mostly flat.

I had lunch at the cabin, and then decided to hike a bit of the cabin loop. I took the Barbershop Trail to the U-Bar Trail, and then hiked a bit on the U-Bar Trail. I was getting ready to turn around and go back, but saw some maple tree foliage a bit off the trail, and decided to investigate. I am glad that I did, because this area -- which I dubbed "Maple City" -- had the nicest foliage that I saw on the day. There were a good many mature trees that were near peak.

I imagine that one could hike on the cabin loop right now and come across some nice maple groves.

I think that the maple foliage on the Rim will play out over the next few days. In another week or so hopefully there will be some nice foliage in some of the canyons beneath the rim.

Mileage and elevation gain for these 2 hikes is below:
Maverick Canyon: 1.98 miles with 295 feet of elevation gain
Buck Spring Canyon/Cabin Loop: 8.3 miles with 1,198 feet of elevation gain
 Flora
 Flora [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Bigtooth Maple
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Foliage was substantial in Upper Buck Spring and in "Maple City"; moderate at best in Maverick Canyon; sporadic elsewhere.
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
 
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