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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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Aug 14 2017
markthurman53
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68 male
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 Tucson, Arizona
Promontory See Canyon Loop, AZ 
Promontory See Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2017
markthurman53
Hiking16.60 Miles 2,938 AEG
Hiking16.60 Miles   8 Hrs   24 Mns   2.52 mph
2,938 ft AEG   1 Hour   48 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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The week dried out so it was a good opportunity to spend a couple of days in Payson. Arrived from Tucson early morning on the Rim road at Promontory Mesa and hiked the Promontory Trail down to the Highline and returned on the See Canyon Trail. Promontory Mesa is a leisurely 3 mile stroll to the head of the Promontory Trail. The road along the mesa still had water pooling from the rains of the previous days. Heading down the Promontory trail is definitely easier than heading up but it is far more dangerous. I took my time I didn't need any mishaps (didn't want to have "fall risk" added to my name) . The trail is easy to follow, only got off trail once at the Rock debris field about half way down. The trail stays above the rock slide area, I found this out after dropping too far down and trying to climb up to the trail. The attempt to climb up was quite a challenge because it seems the rocks were sliding down about as fast as I was trying to go up (obviously I was a little faster or I wouldn't be here now). This was the only incident on this trail. Quite a 3/4 mile trek. Once on the Highline trail it was smooth sailing or at least it seemed after the last 3/4 mile. Headed to Christopher Creek and the See Trail but before heading up I wanted to hike along the Highline Trail about half way to the Drew Trail to make tomorrows hike a little easier. I thought I would get the climbing part to the Drew Trail out of the way today but it turns out most of the climbing is on the second half of the Highline Trail. The See canyon Trail is very scenic and with all the rain the creek was running pretty good and the plants were thriving. The See canyon Trail is rated as one of the easier trails to get to the rim and the first two thirds are just that, a steady climb but not to bad. The last third I thought was strenuous, either because I was tired or it was all the false summits I came to. The bottom line is you have to ascend 1700 feet but luckily you have 3.5 mile to do it. All in all though it is a great trail with great scenery to keep you and your camera occupied. There are some really magnificent large Ponderosa Pine trees in this Canyon, these trees probably survived many fires over the years to get this big. Once on the rim it was a short 5 minute walk back to where I parked my vehicle.
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Aug 12 2017
rayhuston
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 Gilbert, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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rayhuston
Hiking8.83 Miles 2,259 AEG
Hiking8.83 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   2.01 mph
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Had I known the HAZmaster was just a few miles down the road, I surely would have altered my plans to stop by and say hello. Outstanding progress Joe :y:.

My oldest friend's youngest son was just sworn into the USMC. His Dad and I did the same thing in May 76, met in boot camp and have been best friends since then. Andrew has until early October to prepare for the hardest 13 weeks of his young life. He asked me to include him on some of my hikes for the new few weeks. Just the motivation I needed to get off my duff and do some hiking myself!

I chose See Canyon as a starter hike. 7 miles, nearly 2000 feet of elevation gain, tree covered and not a lot of traffic. One of my favorite hikes. He had no problem getting to the top so I suggested we extend the hike to take in some views. We followed the General Crook trail east for a bit then headed off trail SSW to a point I hoped would provide some nice views of the canyon we just hiked up. It did. We took a break to catch up on some food and fluids, chatted a bit about what he might expect to see in boot camp, then headed back the way we came.

It was a sunny to partly sunny day for most of the hike. It started to cloud up during the descent but rain never threatened. We saw eight hikers on the trail and a few dozen people playing in Christopher Creek near the trailhead.

We stopped at the now cash only 260 Cafe for some very good cheeseburgers before finishing the drive home. Great hike, as always.
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Jul 15 2017
Nightstalker
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Nightstalker
Hiking7.77 Miles 1,886 AEG
Hiking7.77 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   2.30 mph
1,886 ft AEG      56 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Fantastic trail. Steamy conditions. I don't think anyone in the group fell in the creek at the crossings. Vegetation was still wet with morning dew on the way up soaking my hiking gear. Rain started at noon on the way down, covering the vegetation and soaking my hiking gear. Lots of tree cover along the long hike. Not much for views anywhere heading up the rim. Stopped at the new Culvers in Payson for post hike treats on the way back to Phoenix.
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Jun 22 2017
JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Drew from See Canyon THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking10.82 Miles 1,997 AEG
Hiking10.82 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   2.94 mph
1,997 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
Got the idea to do this one from Linda and The N's recent trip to the area. I went Clockwise and headed up See Canyon first. This Canyon is one of my favorites in Arizona. It always seems so green and lush. Once up top I took the General Crook Trail over to the Drew Trail and finished up on the Highline.

It was a little warm this afternoon but certainly better than the heat hear in Phoenix.
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Jun 20 2017
MountainMatt
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 Arizona
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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MountainMatt
Hiking1.99 Miles 276 AEG
Hiking1.99 Miles   1 Hour      2.60 mph
276 ft AEG      14 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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Stopped by this little gem for the first time after work and camped nearby.
I know this place gets popular so it was nice to do it in the evening when I was the only hiker on the trails.


I started my new job training sooner than expected so without living arrangements at the time "I lived in a van down by the river". :sweat:
True vagabond life for a solid week minus the fact I have a full time job, it was a fun little experience but I could never live that lifestyle, I enjoy a homebase too much.
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Columbines galore!

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Jun 17 2017
LindaAnn
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 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Drew - See Canyon Loop, AZ 
Drew - See Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking12.03 Miles 2,334 AEG
Hiking12.03 Miles   4 Hrs   41 Mns   2.83 mph
2,334 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
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Quick hike to escape the heat, with a minimum of driving from Phoenix. Got started a little after 7:00, and headed east on Highline over to Drew. The shaded sections on Drew felt fine, but the sunny sections were on the warm side--getting to the top was a relief. The walk along the top went quickly, spotted a bear sauntering through the trees, but it disappeared before I was able to get any pics. After that, I took an early lunch break, then headed down See Canyon. Other than at the campground at the top, I did not see any other people until the last part of See. Smoke from the Highline Fire was light first thing in the morning, then disappeared by about 8:00.
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Jun 17 2017
The_N
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 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Drew Canyon to See Canyon Loop, AZ 
Drew Canyon to See Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2017
The_N
Hiking12.00 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.77 mph
2,300 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
First time on this loop for the year. Temps were pleasant in the a.m. but warmed up nicely as the morning progressed. We saw cattle grazing along the Highline, first time I'd ever seen them this far east. The climb up Drew was nice, in the shade. We watched as the morning smoke dispersed. About a mile west of FR9350, we were exchanging bear stories when we noticed a bear off trail to our south. Kind of cool to watch it slowly disappear. Everything up top is really dry. See Canyon was the opposite, very green and lush. Shade and downhill made this a pleasant stroll. The See Canyon TH was busy but we had the trails to ourselves today. Great day in Rim Country.
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Columbines galore!
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Jun 12 2017
louxwe
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 Glendale, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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louxwe
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
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Did this with kids great fall foliage hike
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Jun 10 2017
LARichardson73
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 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
Drew from See Canyon THPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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LARichardson73
Hiking13.56 Miles 1,569 AEG
Hiking13.56 Miles   7 Hrs   25 Mns   1.83 mph
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A decent, strenuous hike. Me, my wife, and 2 dogs really enjoyed it. We went counter-clockwise, by Highline Trail, up Drew Trail, Across General Crook Trail, and then down See Canyon Trail. To go clockwise probably would have been a better workout. Anyway, great hike. Our goal was to wear the dogs out so that they don't tear pumpkin up when we get home. That goal was met. ;)
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May 13 2017
rayhuston
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 Gilbert, AZ
See Canyon to Drew Canyon Loop, AZ 
See Canyon to Drew Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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rayhuston
Hiking11.03 Miles 2,092 AEG
Hiking11.03 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   2.80 mph
2,092 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
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A fun hike under just about perfect conditions for me. Blue skies, low temps, a nice breeze and good trails. Others recently mentioned fallen trees on See Canyon trail, but whatever was there before has been cleaned up.

Water is scarce up high, but plentiful at lower elevations. Christopher Creek is flowing nicely.
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Apr 15 2017
Tough_Boots
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 Phoenix, AZ
See Cyn / Drew Loop, AZ 
See Cyn / Drew Loop, AZ
 
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Tough_Boots
Hiking11.35 Miles 2,080 AEG
Hiking11.35 Miles
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Second time on this loop. It was great being above the rim before the roads open. See Canyon needs some major maintenance-- downed trees everywhere. The trailhead was insane. I hope they eventually close it to camping like they did Washington Park.
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Nov 06 2016
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 Flagstaff, AZ
Horton Promontory See Highline Derrick Loop, AZ 
Horton Promontory See Highline Derrick Loop, AZ
 
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flagscott
Backpack25.00 Miles
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tl,dr: A fun, scenic, relatively easy overnighter in an area we'd never visited before.

The route, more or less: [ gps route ] (h/t to @fricknaley)

Longer report: We'd been wanting to see why so many people hike Horton Creek, so we decided to do an overnighter that incorporated the Derrick-Horton loop, Promontory Butte, and See Canyon. This was one of our more enjoyable backpacking trips in Arizona so far, and we managed to time it so that we only saw a few people.

We started up Horton Creek early on Sunday. There were a lot of people heading back out after camping, so we patted ourselves on the back for doing our trip on Sunday night instead of Saturday (hooray for flex work schedules). Horton Springs was great, and the water was delicious.

The Highline Trail over to Promontory was a steep, pointless rollercoaster. After reading previous triplogs, I was expecting the Promontory Trail to be a Level III Shitstorm. Wrong! It's just a steep trail and a bit overgrown in places. I would not want to hike down that trail, but even with 4 L of water apiece, we didn't have much trouble. Someone else's triplog said that you wouldn't want to backpack this trail. Meh, if you're fit and you're not carrying a 50-pound pack, it's fine. We loved the fantastic views from the Promontory trail whenever we stopped to catch our breath.

Once up top, we were dismayed to run into car campers immediately. But we wandered as far from the road as we could get and found a nice flat spot about 20 feet back from the Rim and with a fantastic viewpoint a stone's throw away. We watched the sun set over the Mazzies and settled in for a 40ish-degree night.

Monday morning, we were up before sunrise to get the road walk out of the way. We passed one hunter in an ATV--which was a little strange since deer and elk season ended the day before. Then it was down See Canyon, which we enjoyed except for a few unnecessarily steep sections of trail. I always enjoy the big Douglas firs and white pines you get in canyons along the Rim. The Highline Trail from the See Canyon TH to the Derrick Trail must have been new tread, because that is a fantastic and easy section of trail, very unlike other parts of the Highline we've done. Kudos to the FS and whoever realigned that section. The Derrick trail was nothing special, and soon enough we were back at the car.

This was a really enjoyable hike, we were thrilled to have two separate sources of great water to take from. We saw a bear along the rim (going straight down the cliffs, somehow), elk scat so big I thought it must be from a moose, and a lot of playful ravens along the rim. Good times.

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Great water.

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We didn't actually go to this spring, but the creek was flowing no more than a half mile downcanyon from here.
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Oct 29 2016
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
See Spring Trail #185Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking6.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   4.00 mph
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Took some visitors up to see See Canyon ;) went up to the spring and explored up and down the creek. Still a little autumn color here and there :)
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Oct 22 2016
The_Eagle
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Highline - Promontory - See Spring Canyon Loop, AZ 
Highline - Promontory - See Spring Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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The_Eagle
Hiking16.99 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking16.99 Miles   9 Hrs   14 Mns   2.22 mph
3,313 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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We knew we'd see color, based on the Maples on the drive in on FS284 and at the See Canyon TH. We were surprised however that we were only the 3rd car in the lot.

We did a clockwise loop starting on the Highline Trail #31. This stretch from the TH to the Promontory Trail #278, has to be one of my favorite sections of the Highline Trail. Sedona views and even some fall color are the highlights.

If you are curious, the Promontory Trail is still a steep one. Steepness made slipperier by the carpet of pine needles. Views on the way up are killer.

Once up top, we meandered over to the Gila County High Point. and then over to the named Promontory marker for some lunch. It's here were we ate a lunch for the first time in fear of our life. Some yahoos a couple of hundred yards away, decided lunch was target practice time. We endured 200+ rounds with 3 of those coming close enough, that we heard them fly by. No amount of blowing on the whistle made them stop. We booked in between reloads. This actually changed the planned track that would have taken us into the gunfire.

Off of Promontory Butte we hit the General Crook Trail for a bit to get to the feature part of the hike... The See Spring Canyon Bushwhack :y: . This is slow going, but not tough at all, with only 2 down climbs of 15' and 25'. Tons of colorful Maples and mucho elk sign.. including the biggest and freshest Elk scrape I've personally seen.

Once to the See Spring Trail #285, it was clear sailing, with perfect fall views, all the way back to the Trailhead.
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Spotty on the Highline. See Spring Canyon and See Spring Trail were the highlights

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A never ending flow
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Oct 21 2016
DallinW
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 Gilbert AZ
Horton See Loop, AZ 
Horton See Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 21 2016
DallinW
Backpack18.50 Miles 3,700 AEG
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This was a nice refreshing loop I did as an overnighter. This hike would also make a great a day hike.

I haven't had much time for backpacking lately. I've only gone once since I've gotten home from Colorado, and that was for trail maintenance. Oppressive if you ask me!

On Friday morning an email landed in my mailbox. My one and only class that day was cancelled. I took it as a sign, and gathered my things for a night outside. I really didn't have time to put something together. I needed wrap up the school week and be out the door in 4 hours tops. I opened up Route Manager, and picked something in the backlog. This was a great candidate considering the constraints.

Around 2:30 PM I arrived at the Horton Creek TH. The fall colors along Horton Creek Trail are very hit or miss at the moment, but overall lacking.

I set up camp at the creek, and got ready to settle in for the night. There were 2 groups of 2 in the area, but we were all spread apart far enough that it was extremely quite and peaceful. Quite a rare event on a Friday night for such a popular area, and I think all parties were enjoying it.

That was all out the window around 9:30PM, when a group of 5 boys and their dad/chaperone rolled in. They decided despite all of the available campsites nearby, to build a new fire ring right next to my campsite. Not a big deal though, as this was what I expected anyway for Horton, it was surprising the peace and quite lasted as long as it did.

The next morning I got out of dodge just as the flock started rolling in. Didn't see a soul on Horton Springs Trail. Navigation wasn't terrible going up, there is an ample amount of cairns marking this route, some hidden in the tall grasses. Steep but doable even with a backpack, although I was packing pretty light. Oddly enough I had the hardest time following this trail right at the top just before it connects with FR 300. The cairns blend in really well with all the other rocks.

I did the FR 300 walk with a couple of backpackers who were doing the same loop, but over 2 nights. My recovering lower-back was giving me issues as I topped out on Horton Springs Trail, and I thought about turning back. Knowing that at least someone was behind me and could help if I locked up like an old grandpa, I decided to keep going. It didn't turn out to be a big deal anyway, I was fine the entire hike after popping some ibuprofen.

I lost the 2 backpackers soon after dropping into See Canyon. Great company, but there was no way I was making it back to the TH before dark at their pace. This was my first time in See Canyon and I was impressed. Great fall colors going on right now in the upper part of the canyon. Overall I thought this was a pretty area from top to bottom.

After hitting See Canyon TH, I had the trail all to myself all the way to the Derrick TH. :) This is a lovely little section of the Highline, and I had forgotten how good it was since the first time I did it back in Spring of 2015. Great views of the top of the rim + mazzies + hells gate. A winner in my book. It was a little warm in the exposed areas of the Highline, but there was usually a light breeze which felt awesome.

Would do again.
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Mostly concentrated in Upper See Canyon, with pockets on the Highline and Horton.
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Oct 08 2016
Lumberjill
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 Joined Aug 22 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Lumberjill
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
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Went up north looking to catch the change of the leaves. I wasn't sure what to expect, based on other triplogs and leaf reports from around the state. While we did catch quite a bit of changing leaves, I think it was the start of things. I am betting that next weekend will be amazing for this portion of the state. Lots of yellows, and a few reds and oranges around.

This trail is beautiful! Well shaded and the creek provided a nice sound track for the first portion of the hike. The second portion of the trail goes UP quite a bit, which I wasn't really expecting. It's quite steep in portions. We didn't go all the way to Rim Road, and decided to turn around about 1/4 of a mile from the end, to avoid another uphill climb. We found a great place to have some snack and get some photos before heading back to the trailhead.

Even though the forecast called for thunderstorms, they never even flirted with us, though we did see them a few miles away on our way back to Phoenix.
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The start of the leaf change - mostly yellows, some reds and oranges mixed in.
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Sep 17 2016
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Drew-See Canyon Loop, AZ 
Drew-See Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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LindaAnn
Hiking11.75 Miles 2,132 AEG
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Sleep is overrated, so Whitney & I decided to head up to the Rim this morning. We saw a little smoke from the fire on Mt Ord on our way up the Beeline, then plenty of smoke from the Fulton Fire when we parked at the trailhead. Headed east on Highline, then up Drew Trail. By the time we got to the top, most of the smoke had drifted away from us. We only saw one other person all day until we started to head down See Canyon, then we saw about seven or eight people, but that's it. Great weather, a little warm in the sun, but that was only for short stretches, and the breeze was nice.
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Sep 17 2016
The_Whit
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 Phoenix
Drew-See Canyon Loop, AZ 
Drew-See Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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The_Whit
Hiking11.75 Miles 2,132 AEG
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Beautiful weather for this hike, in the seventies. I wasn't thrilled about the target shooting practice taking place so close to the Highline Trail as we started out, but we got out of that area fairly quickly. The squirrels and horned lizards were about the only things the gun shots didn't scare off. There were many campers near the rim, along the Forest Road, but the trails were not graced with a ton of hikers. This enjoyable scenic hike fit the bill perfectly for a day hike outside of the valley.
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Aug 22 2016
The_N
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 Payson, AZ
Drew Canyon to See Canyon Loop, AZ 
Drew Canyon to See Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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The_N
Hiking11.73 Miles 2,430 AEG
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2,430 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
Felt good to have my right leg/foot closer to 100% so I went for a quick exercise hike. Rosie accompanied me on what is now the single longest day hike of her young career. Absolutely beauful morning below the Rim and even nicer on top. With a steady breeze and a damp shirt on it almost got a little chilly. By the time we reached Drew it was cloudy from thunderheads in the east. Looks like storms got started a little early today. 9350 camp area was surprisingly empty. We ran into a camper on a morning stroll and had a brief chat. Apparently he had already spooked the elk before we arrived. Rosie was loving the downhill and drinking water once we hit See Cyn. To my surprise we didn't see a single hiker on #184 today. Lots of moss and mushrooms as usual for August.
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Aug 13 2016
tobybaum
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Highland Trail Loop, AZ 
Highland Trail Loop, AZ
 
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tobybaum
Hiking21.10 Miles 3,734 AEG
Hiking21.10 Miles   6 Hrs      3.52 mph
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I had a long run to do and, given that it is August, running on the Rim seemed better than in Phoenix! I started at 6:30am, hoping to catch some cool temps before the sun got too high. I began on the Derrick Trail, #33 from the Horton Creek Trailhead parking lot (just across the small bridge). Derrick Trail is a slow, but steady climb through some great forested sections. Reaching the Highline Trail (#31), I turned right and followed the Highline to the junction with See Canyon Trail #184. This section of the Highline was amazing, with some sweeping views and shaded areas. From the junction, I headed up 184 all the way to the Forest Road 300 (The Rim Road) with the mile or so detour to the See Canyon Spring, a very worthwhile side-trip. The frog picture was from this offshoot! On the Rim, I turned left until reaching Horton Springs Trail #292. Until this point, my route has been super easy to follow, but be forewarned: route finding on 292 is tough! Merely locating the actual trail off the rim took about 20-30 minutes of wandering around using a topo map. From there, even descending required multiple stops to search for the trail, another cairn, or some logical/safe path. In addition to route finding, the descent on 292 is steep, rocky, and drastically overgrown. After #292, I took Horton Creek Trail #285 back to my car. #285 is generally extremely pleasant and shaded. Only sections the last mile or so (for me; or the first from the trailhead) were exposed and sunny. All in all, a great loop and something I'll def do again!
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