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See Canyon Trail #184 - 63 members in 217 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 29 2005
AZHikr4444
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 Cave Creek, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiked See Canyon from the FR300 trailhead with my wife for a beautiful Memorial Day hike. There was very little water in the creek, but more importantly for us we were absolutely alone! Very surprising to not see one other person hiking all day on Memorial day! This is a great hike, and I look forward to doing it again from the bottom up.

Traffic on 260 was terrible! Took almost two hours to go from the FR300 turnoff to Christopher Creek! And whats worse, I could find no logical reason for the backed-up traffic than a bunch of drivers gawking at a huge bloated dead elk!

beautiful day on the Rim!
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May 07 2005
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See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Mar 13 2005
bryanmertz
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Phoenix, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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This was a great trail. The water level was pretty high at the lower crossings - we scrambled along the banks to find a dry passage.

We couldn't make it too the top - we had to stop due to 2-4 feet of snow on the trail. The trail is prety hard to follow in some spots, and there is a lot of fallen trees to deal with.

Didn't see anyone else all day.
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Jan 00 2005
ADIE
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 Joined May 02 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Oct 24 2004
Trishness
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 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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I actually prefer this hike to Horton Creek due to no crowds. We virtually had the trail to ourselves until we reached the top. This hike had EVERYTHING packed into 5 miles.....Autumn color in full display, water in Christopher Creek, decent elevation gain and SNOW in the far upper reaches of the Canyon. Just a great hike!
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
Oct 04 2004
arizonaed
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59 male
 Joined Oct 15 2003
 Phoenix AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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arizonaed
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Pleasant weather and good friends were perfect ingredients for a great day of hiking. Parking our vehicles at the service area, we had to hike back a ¼ mile or so to locate the trial head map. We had a little difficulty distinguishing between the Highland trail and See Canyon, so we followed the Christopher Creek to a point of about ½ mile, and then cutting across we find our trail. We should have started from the map sign and then headed to the right oblique across the creek, then we would have noticed the Trail 185 sign.

The trail is fairly maintained, only having to climb over a few fallen trees. Probably because we were too loud, having fun, we didn’t notice any wild life; however, on the trail ½ to the rim, we discovered bear scat no older than two days old on the trail and a few areas of Elk tracks and markings near the top. Also, as we neared the rim, we did notice the Aspen had begun their leaf color change.

The only people we noticed were at the bottom near the parking area, probably two groups of three people. Perfect day and great fun.
:)
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Aug 29 2004
calcwhiz
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 Joined Sep 14 2003
 Phoenix, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Got a late start so did not take the side trail to the spring but did hike to the th on FR300 at the top of the rim. Did not see another soul up or back. This is a definite alternative to the crowded Horton Spring trail if you prefer some solitude. There was one vehicle in the parking area when I arrived but we never crossed paths. The Varmit Callers have done a nice job maintaining the trail and it is well marked with no major obstacles. There are a few spots where the trail fades but it is easily picked back up. Look for the rock carrions, etc. :)
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Dec 07 2003
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 Joined Mar 22 2003
 Phoenix, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Pearl Harbor Day hiking..........we almost hit a BIG deer on the 87 going up to Payson! I thought they were smarter than cows, this big fella just kept walking. We were doing the limit, and had the right of way. I've never seen any deer around that part of the highway, imagine my surprise! Thank God for Bolo's ninja-like reactions or we wouldn't be here, deer snot on the car and all. The "hand of fate sometimes fits just like a glove".
On to Christopher Creek! The 260 bypasses the downtown area, make the left and your kind of going into town backwards, if you know what I mean. This is where we saw a HUGE elk! No less than EIGHT points on his rack! Strolling around like he's in some kind of insurance ad! We finally made it to the FR 284, nature calls again! An entire herd of elk crossed the road right in front of us! I've never seen so much hooved wildlife in such a short span of time! Incredible! We hadn't even started our hike yet! We also forgot the camera!
On to the hike- It was a chilly day! First time to the See canyon area. The forest needs a little help here. Lots of tinder-like debris and fallen trees everywhere! All the leaves have fallen, and they seem to have taken a few trees with them! :lol:
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Jun 08 2003
Giovanna
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 Joined Jun 05 2003
 Oracle, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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June 7, 2003
Although the area was beautiful, there were so many trees fallen across the trail that I would have to rate it difficult. We found trail markers on fallen trees after hunting around through meters of debri. I have never seen so much flamable material on the forest floor before. We halled out lots of garbage left at several firerings and found beer and cola cans along the trail.
Giovanna
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Sep 29 2002
Candace
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 Joined Dec 28 2003
 Wickenburg, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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I started this hike from the top of the rim where the trail marker proclaims: "See Canyon Trail Maintained by the Phoenix Varmit Callers". I wonder who the varmit callers are. I suspect I would enjoy the company of these people.

It was a great hike. I would have preferred to hike from the bottom to the top, so that the return trip would not have been so strenuous. There are connecting trails and better start points. I would have been well served to do a little better research prior to my hike. I was a little exhausted coming out. I found two nature made walking sticks to assist on the assent to my auto.
I shall go back some day. It was quite lovely.
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Aug 27 2001
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 Joined Mar 04 2002
 New York, NY
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Everyone was right on the money with this trail-this one is a great trail to hike in the summer. Lots of water, easy hiking for the first 3 miles. There are 4 or 5 great camping spots along the first 1.5 miles, for those of you who want to do an overnighter or multi-day. The tailheads are all well marked and easily accessible, so this makes a good jump off spot for exploring the eastern half of the Highline. Saw a ton of wildlife-deer, squirrels, hawks, and came across fresh black bear spoor on the upper third of the trail, so keep your eyes open and remember to hang your food at night.
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Aug 20 2001
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 Joined Apr 23 2002
 Gilbert, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Good trail. Trail not clear at Christopher Creek because of over use of the creek.
Once on the trail up to the rim, the trail is easy to follow and free of
litter. This trail is well taken care of. Lots of beautiful trees and ferns.
No far off views, you will only see the Canyon and the creek. Hiked this trail
on 8/19.
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Jul 19 2001
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mailto:andsinaz@mindspring.com We hiked this June 22nd...amazed at how few people we saw on a beautiful Saturday! The incline at the end is a little steeper than we thought and the payoff at the top isn't much. Still, an absolutely beautiful day hike with nice cold streams for hot, tired feet! We will definitely go back!
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Apr 19 2001
Mike
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 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Scottsdale, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
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This is a nice hike, a good introduction to the Rim. I hiked here first a few springs past with a friend. We took the side trail to See Spring, then on a whim decided to bushwhack up to the top of the rim. I kid you not, the moment we came over the edge of the rim, a deluge started. We hiked along the edge of the rim on the remnants of General Crook's road, to the point where the See Canyon trail comes out. Then we returned on the See Canyon Trail. By this time the rain had stopped, but the trail was very slick.
I next visited here last spring, meeting up with some friends at a cabin in Christopher Creek, where we were dusted with snow. We started the hike in cool but pleasant weather, but by the time we topped out on the rim, we were in a snow storm. The snow merely added to the beauty of this canyon. Be prepared for a short steep section near the top, other than that, this is a moderate and very pleasant hike.
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Jan 02 2001
nealz
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 Joined Feb 10 2002
 Alpine, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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I had been up this trail in early summer but as I was looking for a place to do a little winter snow hiking, I thought I'd return now, January 2001 The trail was as beautiful as before and because the deciduous trees had dropped their leaves, I could see farther. I was following the tracks of somebody else who had blazed through some of the bigger snow drifts. With more snow, snowshoes would have been an advantage. It became more snowy and icier as I gained altitude. I spotted a small heard of elk, about 8, on the west side of the canyon. If the trees had leaves, I would have missed them. Once you get past See Spring you'll notice the trees are generally larger. Because of it's rugged terrain, See Canyon has never been logged. There are some monster old-growth Douglas Fir and Ponderosas in there. It's hard to believe that most of northern Arizona looked like this once. Topping out at FS 300, there was about 18' of snow on the ground and by the thermometer on my pack, 18 degrees. I tootled back down, making sure to slip and land on my patoot at least twice (crampons next time?) before warming up the truck and heading to Christopher Creek for a hot bowl of chili.
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Oct 13 2000
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mailto:james_baney@yahoo.com - Very beautiful area. I camped in the canyon Feb/mar 99. Plenty of water. Great Pines. Puts ya to sleep!
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See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Did this as a 2 day loop hike. We went up the See Canyon Trail, west on the Rim Road, then down to Horton Springs, where we spent the night. Day 2 was hiking east on the Highline Trail back to the See Canyon trailhead.
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