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North Peak Trail #24Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking10.01 Miles 3,953 AEG
Hiking10.01 Miles   7 Hrs   32 Mns   1.58 mph
3,953 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break
 
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Neither Bruce nor I will admit who planned or suggested this hike, but we both thought it was a good idea. When I asked Joe about joining us a couple of days ago, his response was basically “I don’t really like North Peak. What time should I meet you?” And then I invited Kelly to join us as well.

FS-414 is in good shape on the drive in, a few rocks here and there, and a few ruts a sedan might not like, but overall okay for any SUV.

Got started to pleasant temps and lightly overcast skies. Nice walking alongside the creekbed for a while, and then the steep uphill began. Up and up. I took a few stops to catch my breath.

Once on the ridge, the steepness backed off and it was pleasant hiking. The recent trailwork was obvious and it was nice to not have to push through manzanita. We hiked to the Divide trail to complete Trail 24, then turned around to head over to our offtrail portion up to the summit of North Peak.

Steep uphill, and we tried to stay at the edge of the manzanita, but the vegetation was generally not too bad. Although there was a lot of agave to dodge, some more successful than others. Some chunky rock to hike up through, and luckily it was mostly stable. We huffed and puffed our way uphill along the ridge and eventually reached the summit.

Took a nice break at the summit, then headed down the north-northwest side. A little more vegetation in places, and just as steep as the ascent. One short scramble to negotiate, then the rest of the way down was a matter of not falling on the slippery gravel, and pushing through manzanita.

Once back to the trail, the three mile descent back to the trailhead went by quickly. Steep, but felt like a breeze compared to the offtrail.

I took one good agave stab to the inside of my left foot, just above the arch. It hurt when it happened, then the pain quickly went away for the rest of the hike. By the time I got home though, it was killing me. I’m sure there will be a nice bruise tomorrow.

Excellent weather all day, with the clouds and nice breeze. Great company for the day, with almost constant fun banter. Traffic wasn’t too bad either. Happy to start off the month with a solid hike.
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