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Denton Trail #69Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2009
DarthStiller
Hiking11.60 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles   6 Hrs   35 Mns   1.76 mph
3,000 ft AEG
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As we got out of Wally's car at the TH, we immediately heard something that sounded like a dog howling/barking from up off the mountain. It had a very "Hound of the Baskervilles" sound to it. After hiking in a half mile, the howling stopped and we never heard it again or saw what it was. Other than that odd start to the day, everything else was normal and fine.

The hike is very nice, great scenery, nice spot at the top where the trail ends in a patch of ponderosa pines and boulders by Big Pine Spring. The trail, however, is bad. Many washouts in places making for precarious footing, alot of the rail ties have been burnt, creating alot erosion and much of the trail a mini-valley of sorts. At the top of the first canyon, the trail cuts sideways into a steep hill, making it a little hairy as one side is a steep drop off.

The views of Tonto Basin, Roosevelt Lake, and 4Peaks are incredible. The north side of 4Peaks seemed covered in snow, and for most of the time it was obscured by clouds. Once we got a view of it on the Beeline Hwy, it looked almost like no snow was on it from that angle.

I think this trail is underrated, but considering the condition of parts of it and the long drive to get there, I can understand why it is as under used as it is.
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