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North Peak Trail #24Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking10.50 Miles 3,980 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   7 Hrs   31 Mns   1.65 mph
3,980 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break
 
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The road in has recently been graded. It is highway smooth for stretches. I have changed the guide page from post-fire 4x4, to high clearance. On a guaranteed dry day, a beater car with an intelligent driver could make it. Sycamores in the creek bed we're putting on a little Autumn foliage show.

There is a hint of avoidable catclaw in the lower 0.75-mi Mineral Creek stretch. The creek is stagnant and hidden in the grass over the trail at one spot just before heading up and soon after running across the trail.

The trail up is well-clipped. Still steep. No washed-out areas as I recall from yesteryear.

Our hike to the peak included hiking out to the Divide Trail, gandering at The Park for five seconds from afar, then back and up to the peak.

We went up a rock slide. The first stretch of rock was very stable the second stretch was a little wobbly. I brought pants for this off-trail portion but it's not catclaw.

After a break at the peak, we headed on down. A stand of pines on the northeast side of the peak might be a better rest stop if it's hot outside. I think we were all happy to be back on the well-trimmed trail. It is steep but just within reasonable steep.

Synopsis
Perfect weather. The forecast in two days is a 70% chance of snow. Far from a favorite of mine but hands down the best hike of the month thus far. Kinna tough hike for the mileage... dare I say, tiring. Thanks to Linda for driving and to all for the great company!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Notably sycamores. Oaks are hitting but most are medium to smaller size or scrub. Poison ivy is very obvious down at the creek. Hints of oregon grape off-trail up to the peak.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
One bloom was left on an Arizona thistle. Two or three instances of isolated penstemon. Some purple asteraceae.
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