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See Canyon Trail #184 - 63 members in 218 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 13 2016
tobybaum
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49 male
 Joined Aug 14 2016
 Scottsdale, AZ
Highland Trail Loop, AZ 
Highland Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2016
tobybaum
Hiking21.10 Miles 3,734 AEG
Hiking21.10 Miles   6 Hrs      3.52 mph
3,734 ft AEG
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1st trip
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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Jul 15 2016
jochal
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 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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jochal
Hiking8.20 Miles 2,278 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles
2,278 ft AEG
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Jul 09 2016
rayhuston
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64 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
See Canyon Drew Loop, AZ 
See Canyon Drew Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2016
rayhuston
Hiking13.23 Miles 2,094 AEG
Hiking13.23 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   2.38 mph
2,094 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
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I didn't do any hike planning for this weekend, but I wanted to hike so I went with a favorite.

See Canyon was delightful as always, thick with vegetation, colorful in the morning light with cool temps (70 degrees at start). Once up top, I decided to head towards an overlook using FR 208E. I wanted to get some pics of the slope on the SE side of Promontory Butte. From there I headed back to General Crook and meandered along towards Drew, leaving the trail here and there to traipse around under the pines.

Had lunch at the top of Drew while enjoying a cool breeze under shady trees. Headed down Drew where I saw my first hikers of the day. First a family with small children going down. They decided it was too steep and were turning around. A few minutes later I saw a gent pushing up the hill. He wondered aloud why he went down in the first place. It was warm now and the exposed areas were getting uncomfortable. The remainder of my hike was downhill for me so I let gravity do its work.

Passed JJ not long after turning onto the Highline. He was doing the loop in the opposite direction from See Cyn. We chatted for a moment and continued along. Then a moment of panic :o. What if he beats me back to See Canyon? Total embarrassment! I decided to pick it up a little just in case.

Wonderful beat the heat hike and I didn't have to pay the clown today!
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Jun 29 2016
The_N
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35 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Promontory Butte Loop, AZ 
Promontory Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2016
The_N
Hiking14.45 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking14.45 Miles   5 Hrs   9 Mns   3.01 mph
2,700 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
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Yesterday evening I drove up on top the rim and did a little 4-wheel exploring before settling on a camp spot on the edge. An awesome sunset, rainbows and thunder clouds filled the sky. At about 8pm I was near Wiggins Crossing when a huge black bear scampered across the road right in front of me. Dozens of elk roamed and I even saw 2 gray foxes. I set up camp and enjoyed the lightning show to the south and east. This a.m. was absolutely beautiful at 60 degrees and sunny. I headed back to See Cyn and thought it would be nice to have lunch atop Promontory for my birthday. Started west on Highline for 6 miles before the Promontory junction. This is a really scenic segment of Highline. Great views, good tread and diverse flora. Passed a pair of day hikers and that was the only human contact all day. Promontory was kicking my pumpkin this time but about half way up the clouds blocked the sun briefly which was a nice boost. Passed up my usual lunch spot atop the butte and moved on down to a sunny little rock outcropping with even better views. Walked across the butte via FR'S 76 & 76B and to my surprised didn't see anyone camping or driving ATVs. Filled my pack with water bottles and beer cans as I went. Very pleasant road walk. Shortly after 11am it got warm and thunder started rumbling in the distance. See Canyon was a nice shaded break from the direct sun I'd been in all day. Finished off at a very quiet See Cyn TH with JJ's jeep being the only other vehicle in the lot. Great day in Rim Country!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lillies, bergamot, columbines & paintbrush mostly.

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Light flow to a trickle above See Spring. Light to medium flow below See Spring.
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Jun 29 2016
JuanJaimeiii
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 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
See Canyon - Promontory - Horton Loop, AZ 
See Canyon - Promontory - Horton Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2016
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking18.00 Miles 3,538 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles   6 Hrs   37 Mns   2.78 mph
3,538 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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I asked Joe if he would be up for a hike this week. He said Wednesday worked but it looked like rain in the forecast for much of the state. We decided to do something in Rim Country. Joe put together a modified hike from one of the ones Bruce came up with a few years ago.

We went up See Canyon, across the top to the Promontory Trail, down Promontory then over to Horton Spring and back. From here we just continued the Highline back to the See Canyon Trailhead.

See was the showstopper for me. I just love that canyon with the flowing water and all the green foliage. I just wish there were more raspberries. We did see a couple small wild strawberries but very few at that. Then over at Horton Spring we had a bit of a surprise. As we approached so did roughly 50 girls in their mid-teens. Turns out they were on a church outing. Crazy to see that many people at the spring at once.

The hike back was enjoyable. The weather wasn't storybook (whatever that means) but it was bearable and we never got rained on.

Afterwards we put the hurt on a couple large bacon cheeseburgers at Fargos! Delish!
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joebartels
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51 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
See Canyon - Promontory - Horton Loop, AZ 
See Canyon - Promontory - Horton Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2016
joebartels
Hiking18.00 Miles 3,538 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles   6 Hrs   37 Mns   2.78 mph
3,538 ft AEG      8 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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My knee was scream sensitive to touch on Monday. Took it out in the scorching heat on Tuesday and it felt better. jj hit Del Taco for breakfast while I had my standard pre-hike mini-cinnamon health-roll.

The hike started off in relatively cool temps compared to the valley. The lower end of See Canyon looks like it got into a fight with a chainsaw on one section. It must have been an obstacle course with downed trees over the winter. I'm thankful to all that participate in trail maintenance!

Humidity was high. Good tree cover throughout this canyon makes it a winner. A third of a mile past Nappa Spring the forest teased us. We checked our maps and continued on in glee. Five minutes later, not sweating, I asked jj, are we going in the right direction. Yep. Um, shouldn't the sun be to our right...lol 200 feet and 0.3mi back up jj found the turn.

The road walk on the rim was nice and relaxing. Heading down Promontory Trail a few phantasmagorical views opened up. It's a bit of a rollercoaster along the Highline over to Horton Spring. Roughly fifty teenage girls on a church group hike shuffled in as we arrived at the spring.

A 60% chance of rain never surface on our trip. Clouds did save the day just as it got a bit toasty hiking back.

jj introduced me to the Fargo 250 GT California Burger. A quick Houdini act and it was gone without a trace. Then he showed me Bruce's maintenance room along with a sizable todo list that awaits his arrival.
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Jun 28 2016
The_N
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35 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2016
The_N
Hiking8.20 Miles 2,133 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles
2,133 ft AEG
 
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Day 2 of berry harvesting brought me and Rosie to See Canyon. I knew I'd find some red raspberries but was also hoping for some strawberries. I also wanted to get my legs back under me so we hiked up See Spring #185 and See Canyon #184. We were the first car at the TH this morning and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Both of those had changed by the time we got back to the TH to depart. Rosie had a blast running in and out of the creek and chasing lizards. Saw one deer about 3 miles up canyon and passed a pair of day hikers on our way down. We did end up getting some red raspberries, I left plenty behind for the next person. Strawberries were not quite as plentiful. Only managed one handful. I will check back soon.
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Tons of Columbines and Bergamot.

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Medium flow below See Spring. Light flow to a trickle above See Spring.

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May 12 2016
The_N
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35 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Drew Canyon to See Canyon Loop, AZ 
Drew Canyon to See Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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The_N
Hiking12.02 Miles 2,348 AEG
Hiking12.02 Miles   3 Hrs      4.01 mph
2,348 ft AEG
 
Just looking for some exercise and lacking time and creativity, I decided to hit my exercise loop again today. I had to finish in 3.5 hours or less in order to be back in Payson for prior engagements. My strategy was to skip breakfast, hike fast and jog most of the flat stuff on top of the rim. By the time I reached the TH I had been fasted for 12 hours already. The 2 miles of Highline is in spectacular shape right now with all deadfall and other debris cleared. Having been in a calorie deficit, it took me about 2.5 miles to really warm up and get into a groove. I made decent time up Drew and was on FR 9350 and jogging within no time. A few people camping up there, but still nice and quiet. By the time I started down See Cyn I was in good shape time wise and knew I didn't have to hurry myself going downhill and risk twisting an ankle. Passed a few hikers and one deer on my way back to the TH where I finished in exactly 3 hours.
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Mostly lupines and tons of wild strawberries on the way.
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Apr 13 2016
fricknaley
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Derrick See Promontory Horton Loop, AZ 
Derrick See Promontory Horton Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2016
fricknaley
Hiking22.25 Miles 4,427 AEG
Hiking22.25 Miles   8 Hrs   58 Mns   2.58 mph
4,427 ft AEG      21 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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finally got out to hike the famous Bruce Loop on the rim. The reviews were right, this is a spectacular hike! i had primo weather for this one, which certainly helped too.

See Canyon is very nice. there is some deadfall from the winter that is largely avoidable, though annoying in a couple key spots. no big deal though. this canyon has charm any time of year. still little spots of snow up top

i enjoyed the road walk as there was nobody to be seen, except the (presumed) turkey that gobbled at me and a couple elk i spotted. Promontory Butte is simply outstanding and so is the famed lunch spot just west of 278.

going down promontory 278 had me chuckling that this seemed like someone's idea of a good place for a trail. i can't believe i didn't fall on my pumpkin.

took joe's advice and whined my way along the highline to Horton (incredible place!) where i finally saw my first hiker in 3 days...JJ :lol:

trip back on horton was just outstanding in the late afternoon sun and shade.
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Feb 27 2016
The_N
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35 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Drew Canyon to See Canyon Loop, AZ 
Drew Canyon to See Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2016
The_N
Hiking12.60 Miles 2,696 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   4 Hrs   37 Mns   2.94 mph
2,696 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
Felt good to get back on one of my favorite Rim Country loops. The dry, mild February enticed me start hitting this one a little earlier than usual. Temps were in the 60s accompanied by lots of sunshine. Great time to hike up here since there is no traffic on the Rim and tons of water present. My feet were wet all day but I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Highline #31: Plenty of new deadfall and free of snow with some patches of mud.

Drew #291: Dry and free of snow or ice. No recent deadfall. Good little exercise. Excellent views. My favorite part of this loop.

FR 9350: Wet and muddy with patches of snow up to a foot deep. No access to campsite right now so it's quiet and empty. Stopped briefly to scarf down a sandwich on a rock outcropping overlooking Rim Country.

General Crook: Snow increased considerably. 85% of the trail was snow with depths up to 20+ inches. Compacted so staying on top of the snow was fairly easy. The other 15% was mud and water. Every stream and drainage was flowing. A few of them across the trail. Plenty of elk running around in the trees all around me. Popped up to Rim Rd at the 'V Tree' to check road conditions (see photoset).

See Canyon #184: Started off promising as the very top was a short reprive from the snow, that changed quickly. Once in the shaded, upper reaches of the canyon the snow got deep. Well over 2ft with even deeper spots. This snow was not as compacted and slow going. Water was flowing the entire length of the canyon. I took a few detours to check out some seasonal cascades. About 6 stream/creek crossings in total. Snow turned to mud about half way down. Passed 3 gentlemen at the 184/185 junction but otherwise total solitude all day.

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Borderline heavy flow. Especially below See Spring.

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Water in every drainage. Seasonal cascades flowing.
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Feb 16 2016
The_N
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35 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2016
The_N
Hiking5.10 Miles 886 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   3 Hrs   52 Mns   1.78 mph
886 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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I was curious about the condition of FR284 because I want to start doing the Drew to See loop again, so I took the youngster on a little adventure. He needed some trail therapy anyway. Turns out FR284 is in great shape and free of mud, ice and errosion. The hike itself was not so smooth. Christopher Creek is flowing strong which made 2 of our 3 crossings pretty scetchy with a 6yr old. One of which required me to take shoes off and wade in almost waist deep water while helping him walk across a log. The trail isn't much of a trail at all right now. In just the 2+ miles we hiked up canyon we encountered tons of new deadfall. There were a few small patches of snow/ice but the rest was mud. There's also some intrusive locust. We turned around before the steep stuff really started and found a camp spot to get a small fire going and eat lunch. Weather was beautiful so we stayed for an hour and soaked it up. On the way back we wandered down See Spring #185 briefly before crossing again and finishing back at the TH. Didn't see any other cars or anyone else on the trails today. Did see plenty of wild strawberry sprouts already.
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Christopher Creek

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Good flow all the way down into Christopher Creek.
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Nov 07 2015
chumley
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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Drew See Loop, AZ 
Drew See Loop, AZ
 
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chumley
Hiking11.76 Miles 2,262 AEG
Hiking11.76 Miles   5 Hrs   3 Mns   2.56 mph
2,262 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
I wanted to SEE if there was any color left since most everything is running late this year, and the recent snow was a very appealing option for me, so I decided to head up and do this loop which I had never done before. What a treat! :)

The colors were lame ... even the maples that have color are drab rather than bright. Most leaves have blown off the trees, even the green ones. There were many that had fallen since the snowfall earlier in the week. There were patches of snow down as low as 5500 feet, but only in shaded areas. As we climbed however there was snow everywhere and in the shaded areas was even still powdery! Nice flow in Christopher Creek pretty much all the way to the top.

The Crook portion of the hike across the rim was extra work in the snow, but I didn't even need my gaiters as it was never more than 6-8" deep. Really a perfect time to get up here in the snow.

I'd never hiked Drew 291 before, and that is damn near a road up top. I can't think of a nicer trail that climbs the rim. :app:
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Past prime. Still some green, but colored or green, most is on the ground already.
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Nov 07 2015
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Drew See Loop, AZ 
Drew See Loop, AZ
 
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BiFrost
Hiking11.76 Miles 2,262 AEG
Hiking11.76 Miles   5 Hrs   3 Mns   2.56 mph
2,262 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
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Joined Chumley for short hike in the snow on the rim. Not much fall color remaining but the snow more than made up for it. Loop hike up See Canyon then across the rim and over to Drew Trail and down to Highline Trail back to the See Canyon TH. We encountered snow in the upper portion of See Canyon and then even more on the rim. Part of the rim section was old road so we made good time closer to Drew Trail junction. For the most part the snow never got too deep and turned out to be nice day of hiking. Great to see the rim covered in fresh snow so early in the season!
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Oct 24 2015
The_N
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 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Drew Cyn - Bear Cyn Lake - See Cyn Loop, AZ 
Drew Cyn - Bear Cyn Lake - See Cyn Loop, AZ
 
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The_N
Hiking21.62 Miles 3,095 AEG
Hiking21.62 Miles   6 Hrs   32 Mns   3.45 mph
3,095 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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I wanted to hike around Bear Canyon Lake from below the rim today so I started from a very busy See Canyon TH, took Highline towards Drew and then Drew up the rim. Walked FR9350 until it ends and Aspen Trail #411 begins. Took Aspen Trail to Carr Lake Trail #412 (not listed on HAZ?) briefly until weaving along Gen Crook to FR208 and down to Bear Canyon Lake via the Two-O-Eight TH. Walked along Shoreline Trail to the dam where I enjoyed a nutrition break. The lake was quiet today. Only a few fishermen and a bald eagle soaring around. Took the old jeep road on the east side of the lake to get back to Rim Rd, where I crossed and jumped back onto Gen Crook. After a short hike on Gen Crook I was at See Canyon Trail and on my way back down to the TH. Temps remained nice and cool, most campers I passed were bundled up and sitting by a fire. I was fine in shorts and a t-shirt as long as I was moving. The flat stuff on top of the rim was enjoyable today. Perfect weather, a pine - scented breeze and patches of fall foliage mixed with total solitude made it very pleasant. Almost all of the aspens have lost their leaves and the fall colors in the canyons are still about a week away from prime. Only encountered a couple of hikers on Highline and a couple more on my way down See Canyon. I was greeted by a few deer at the See Spring junction. Ended at a suddenly quiet See Canyon TH. Great hike on a perfect fall day in Rim country.
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Bear Canyon Lake Christopher Creek
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Christopher Creek Light flow Light flow
Pools to trickle above See Spring. Light to medium flow below See Spring.
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Sep 26 2015
The_N
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35 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Promontory Butte Loop, AZ 
Promontory Butte Loop, AZ
 
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The_N
Hiking14.24 Miles 2,673 AEG
Hiking14.24 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   3.01 mph
2,673 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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This loop is basically a slightly longer, more scenic, western alternative to the Drew Cyn to See Cyn loop. West on Highline from See Cyn TH. About 6 miles of Highline. This segment is very enjoyable. Trail is well maintained and not rocky. Terrain becomes Sedona-like with red rock outcroppings, Juniper and manzanita before switching back to mostly pine. Great views as well. Then ascend the rim via Promontory Trail, which is a little bit more challenging than Drew, but still fun. Took in the amazing views for a minute then hiked across the butte via FR's 76B & 76. Took Rim Rd for just a moment over to See Cyn Trail and back down to the TH. Next time I will look for an alternative to hiking Rim Rd. I enjoyed solitude for almost the entire trip aside from a few fellow hikers. Only saw one deer and two hawks but heard elk bugling near the bottom of See Cyn. Stats include a few short side trips. This was a very enjoyable loop overall. Temps cooperated and stayed in the mid 70s.
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Christopher Creek
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Christopher Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Pools to trickle above See Spring. Medium flow below See Spring.
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Sep 19 2015
AndreyP
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 Moscow, RU
Drew Canyon to See Canyon Loop, AZ 
Drew Canyon to See Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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AndreyP
Hiking10.80 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   2.27 mph
2,100 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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1st trip
Started at 1:30 PM, Drew Trail up, See Canyon down. Met a couple of couples of hikers on Highline, then a family with 3 children slowly walking down Drew (they probably camp on the rim). All campgrounds on the rim were occupied. Then saw nobody on forest roads and See Canyon trail. As for wildlife, there were lots of squirrels, some lizards and chipmunks, also two indifferent snakes on wet portions of See Canyon trail. No bear, no deer though.
Finished the hike when it was getting dark, stopped at Creekside Tavern in Christopher Creek for dinner.
In my opinion, this loop should be done in a direction that puts See Canyon leg on the midday as it provides the shade and the cool from the creek and Highline trail leg is more exposed (counterclockwise in the morning, clockwise in the afternoon).

It should be noted that Highline trail is rerouted between See Canyon trailhead and Drew Trail junction. At See Canyon trailhead the official way is to go straight ahead along the creek about 200 yards, cross the creek, turn right at the junction (See Canyon trail turns left here). Also there's a rerouting in the middle of this section. Compare this route to official Highline Trail route.
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hikerdw
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 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Drew-See Canyons Loop, AZ 
Drew-See Canyons Loop, AZ
 
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hikerdw
Hiking11.50 Miles 2,309 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   2.85 mph
2,309 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
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1st trip
Busy work week so I didn't have a lot of time to plan a hike so the two we narrowed it down to was this loop, or an out and back on the Bear Flat trail, and decided on this one. Great choice. Hiked CCW, saw a single elk near the TH. At the campground at the top of Drew Canyon, instead of hiking the road, we stayed on Drew, then headed west on a old jeep route that took us to the General Crook junction. Took several side trips to check out the views from the rim off the GC trail. Crossed paths with 9 or 10 other hikers, and 5 mountain bikers.

We have penciled in Bear Flats towards the end of October.
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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
 
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The_N
Hiking11.54 Miles 2,623 AEG
Hiking11.54 Miles   3 Hrs   32 Mns   3.30 mph
2,623 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
Hit a quick loop in the afternoon since temps were mid-70's and storms threats have subsided, for now. Despite crowded campsites, there wasn't a soul on the trails today, aside from a few elk along Gen Crook and a few more at the bottom of See Cyn. It's definitely starting to look and feel like autumn. Leaves are beginning to change and Christopher Creek is has slowed to a moderate flow.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Sep 12 2015
hippiepunkpirate
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 Peoria, AZ
See Spring Trail #185Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2015
hippiepunkpirate
Hiking2.40 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.40 mph
500 ft AEG      50 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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After doing a little sightseeing at the Rim viewpoints with the family and then letting the afternoon showers do their thing, I headed out for a late hike at Christopher Creek. I only had maybe 2 and half hours of daylight, so I knew doing the entire See Canyon Trail was out of the question, especially since my headlamp broke and I was planning on taking some creek photos anyway. I stopped at the first creek crossing (nice spot!) and did little photography there. Another few hundred yards up the trail, I spotted a sweet little waterfall that begged to be photographed too. After that I tried to book it a little faster to cover some ground. When I reached the fork with the sign that said "See Spring 1/4 mile", I figured that would be a perfect turn around point. I found another photogenic spot on the tributary creek and then booked it uphill to get to my destination. There was a dude and his dog camped up near the spring, and the dog didn't seem very happy to "See" me so I looked around for a minute and then headed back downhill. This is definitely on the list for a return visit to explore the area more...
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Sep 05 2015
LARichardson73
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 Joined May 18 2009
 Phoenix, AZ.
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2015
LARichardson73
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   5 Hrs      1.38 mph
1,874 ft AEG
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A great hike up See Canyon. The trailhead was mobbed, which makes sense considering it was Labor Day weekend. But once we were a half mile into the trail, most everyone was gone. We ran into 3 groups on the actual trail.

It was extremely cloudy most of the time. There was even some hale coming down for about 15 minutes or so.
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