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Aug 30 2019
OdinWiski
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 Chandler, AZ
Maxwell Trail #37Payson, AZ
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OdinWiski
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We were glad that we did this little overnighter on Friday. As we came back up late Saturday morning, dozens of people were heading down into the canyon. The rain in the surrounding areas Friday afternoon cooled it off quite a bit. I was dreading the hot and muggy feeling down in the canyon before we went, but was pleasantly surprised by how cool and comfortable it was once we got down there.
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Jul 27 2019
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Tramway - Maxwell - Willow, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking9.48 Miles 2,050 AEG
Hiking9.48 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   1.92 mph
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We took the Tortoise north to beat 115 of the valley. He'd never been in this area. The views on the Tramway and Maxwell trails, are for sure in my top 10.

Starting on the Tramway Trail, we made our way down to West Clear Creek. I was shocked that prime camp spot at the creek was not occupied.

The travel in and around the creek on the way over to the Maxwell Trail, seems to be getting thicker, but still quite doable. We stayed dry the whole time. We stopped at the petroglyph site to show Denny. The campsite in that area was empty also.

We saw one couple in the creek and a few other groups on the climb out on Maxwell.

We made the short drive over to Willow Crossing. It was getting a tad warm, but the breeze kept it tolerable.

Climbing out of Willow Valley, there was a split in the trail. Joe went one way, Denny and I followed the track. After meeting back up, Joe said he'd found sweet ridgeline. We altered our plans and climbed up to the mesa and down the ridgeline. There were better views of the arch from this perspective. The ridgeline will be added to any future hikes out here.

The planned third hike of the day got taken off the board and was replaced with a drive on some forest roads we'd not been on before.

Good gettin' a hike in with the other 2 stooges again.
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Bruce and Joe let me join them for a Saturday morning outing.I don’t get out with these gentlemen enough! Cool area that I thought I’d been to before. Maybe when I was younger but not to hike. Enjoyable hike and these two always make it fun! Thanks gents, you rock!
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Jul 27 2019
joebartels
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Tramway - Maxwell - Willow - Pie, AZ 
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Hiking11.61 Miles 3,374 AEG
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Canyon views are the highlight. Crossover along the creek is typically a sauna since this hike usually comes to mind when the mercury is pinging inferno. Walking the creek would undoubtedly be more enjoyable than sweating the forested banks. Stubborn won(?) and stayed dry!

Bruce had it in his mind the ascent up Maxwell is gradual. We took a break midway up gradual =)

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Great add-on hike if in the area. That said I know I like it more than most so don't expect much... Pines on the rolling terrain are the highlight for myself.

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Only 106 out so I got in a lap at the promise land too.
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Jun 22 2019
LindaAnn
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Maxwell Trail #37Payson, AZ
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Hiking3.98 Miles 931 AEG
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The kids wanted to play in water, so this fit the bill. Kind of a slow hike down to the creek since one kid decided to argue with everyone and hold things up. Once we got to the water though, moods improved considerably. We had a snack break, and the kids splashed and swam the entire way as we headed upstream about a mile. We stopped once we reached Clover Canyon and took another break. The kids wanted to keep going, but some clouds were starting to pop up to our west, so we turned around and headed back. Faster progress downstream, but the kids still got to play in the water the entire way. The hike back up Maxwell was a little warm, but not too bad. I had bought the kids cooling towels a few days ago, and those things really do work! Once at the top, it was cloudy and smelled like rain, but it stayed just barely to the north of us. Nice and cool though.

The water through that mile of WCC was generally about knee deep on me, with one short stretch that was about hip deep with a carefully selected path. Lots of evidence of the flooding from a few months ago, but the vegetation was thick—staying in the water was by far the easiest way to hike down there.

The road is not in great condition, it’s definitely rougher than the last time I was on it. 2wd is fine when dry, but there are a lot of rocky sections. Medium clearance would be okay if careful/slow. Mostly trucks & suv’s at the trailhead, but I did see one Toyota minivan—that must have been a very tedious drive for them.
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May 10 2019
OdinWiski
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OdinWiski
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We haven't been out for a while between traveling and other commitments. Wanted to do a short overnighter with some water features. This one fit the bill nicely. A few years ago when I hiked this one, I dropped down from Maxwell. This time we took the other side after parking at the fork and road hiking to the Tramway TH.

The big views overlooking the canyon and the creek in either direction on top of Tramway were great. And so were a few views on the way down. Once at the bottom, we took a snack break and explored a whole bunch before continuing through the canyon toward Maxwell. It was lush and green along the creek. Some sections were pretty overgrown and bushwhacking was not fun. At one point, we decided to wade through the creek instead. The water was refreshing at first but soon started to feel cold. We got to the camp site near the bottom of Maxwell and set up camp there. It was a wonderful camp site with no one around. Two day hikers were all we saw earlier and for the rest of our time there. We then explored farther out before dinner. Sleeping right next to the babbling creek was wonderful!

The next morning we took our time getting up and breaking down camp. When we worked our way up Maxwell, the weather was great. Once we got on top though, as we were hiking the road, it got really dark quickly. Then hail sizes of small marbles poured down. And lightning and cracking thunders felt pretty close. It didn't seem like it would pass any time soon. We put on our rain gear and kept hiking back to our truck in the rain, hail and mud. It was a wonderful time!
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Apr 25 2019
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 Gilbert, AZ
Maxwell Trail #37Payson, AZ
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John flew out to do what has become an annual trip among high school buddies. We had several options on the table but West Clear Creek won-out with the high temps. I was worried about crowds, but the early season, Thursday start, and washed-out roads all gave us the canyon mostly to ourselves. The winter flooding wreaked havoc on the area but left quality campsites with plentiful firewood. And the pools were deep and ice cold and navigation was a little easier without the overgrowth (yet).

We stayed down from Thursday through Saturday afternoon, and then recharged in Prescott via Mexican food and warm showers and beds. Then John and I ran down the hill to get him to the airport. Preston - ever the adventurer - continued on for some more exploring.

One major concern: There was one party who left a smoldering campfire at the base of Tramway Saturday morning, including a log with heated embers outside the fire ring. It was a windy day and it could have been disastrous had we not found it and drowned it. I'm mentioning this in the hopes that - in a world of seven degrees of separation - someone might know these guys and educate them. It was a group of seven high school or college age kids, male and female, party name was Osborne(?) per the registry. They came and left via Maxwell between Friday afternoon (4/26) and Saturday morning (4/27). They drove a blue-grey, early-model Ford Escape. Looking for education; not retribution. We could have lost a treasure.
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Jul 04 2018
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Didn't necessarily come here for a hike, but for a heat escape. 80 degrees or so down by the water, but a gentle breeze made it feel even cooler. Set up a couple hammocks and lounged under the trees for awhile before returning back up. Arrived to a dead battery. Ouch! Fortunately, I had my BoosterPac to get us right back up and on the road. Whew!
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Jun 30 2018
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Beautiful weekend for West Clear Creek. We hiked in about a mile and a half downstream from where Maxwell Trail "ends". We saw one other group as we parked at the trailhead, but they must have gone the other way, as we didn't see anyone else the whole trip. Relaxing, fun weekend. Lots of slipping on the rocks in the creek, but a good time was had by all.
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Willow ValleyPayson, AZ
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This one has been on the list for a while, and Joel and I have been doing creek backpacks at this time of year for the past few years. The weather was perfect for this ... a little warm everywhere, but absolutely ideal to be swimming and wading in a deep canyon.

A couple of things to note. As others have described, the trip down the drainage from Maxwell Tank, while relatively short, is overgrown with uncomfortable prickly things. What apparently nobody else mentioned is that this drainage is choked with unavoidable poison ivy. I mean like the fields of poison ivy. If poison ivy could be harvested for food, this canyon alone could eliminate hunger across the globe. Forever. :scared:

Once into Willow Valley we arrived at the first swimmer which may have been able to be bypassed on the right, but we knew we'd be swimming at some point so we just decided to get it over with. There ended up being four swimmers, and though it was a warm and sunny day, I can't oversell how cold these pools were. Absolutely full-body numbing cold. It was refreshing for about 30 seconds and after that it was a race to get to the other side. If I'm ever up here on a day that is under 85 degrees, I'd consider a wet suit for these.

After the swimmers, it's just wading and sloshing through water or along the shore and enjoying the countless amazing views in this incredibly scenic canyon. The farther down canyon you get the more space there is for camping and bypass trails along the shore. From the highest springfed pool where the water became constant to the confluence with Clover and WCC, there is a reasonably easy to follow use trail. This trail also reintroduces poison ivy, which was largely absent for a few miles, though it's a bit more avoidable than it was in the drainage leading into the canyon.

Things weren't too bad in the canyon, but up on the rim both before and after the hike, the bugs were relentless. Gnats, see-ums, no-see-ums, hear-ums, black flies, horseflies, dragonflies, elkflies, mooseflies, and baby chucpacabra larvae all feasted despite my skin glowing yellow with 106% pure deet. As I write this, I'm honestly not sure which welts are poison ivy and which are bug bites. Interestingly, there were no mosquitos. But I'm going to start breeding bat colonies to bring with me if this kind of thing ever happens again. ](*,)

Despite that, it was a fantastic weekend, and I'd do it again next week without thinking twice! :)

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Canyoneering16.27 Miles 1,350 AEG
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Ol Chums already gave the meat and potatoes about this hike so I'll just add my little side.
I am currently typing this triplog with the worst poison ivy rashes I've ever had!
Legs, forearms, shoulders, back and even a few areas where the sun doesn't shine were also affected! :o

I also made this my first ever backpacking trip hiking in sandals which ended up being the worst idea ever!
I used a pair of Coleman brand teva style sandals that completely failed for me, the awkward foot positions, constant boulder hopping and swimming proved to be too much for the straps to hold.
I found myself constantly adjusting them to stay on and even had to wrap bungee cords around them which finally kept them in position.
The aftermath may be the worst part though because I'm almost certain I now have a stress fracture in my metatarsals due to the improper footwear and heavy weight.

Also to mention my backpack strap almost completely ripped off but luckily Chumley went into full Mcgyver mode and weaved some paracord from the strap to the frame which fortunately held up the remainder of the trip.

Regardless of the gear failures and poison ivy the beauty and silence within the canyon made me forget about all of that!
Even though Willow Valley itself is not necessarily in a remote area the canyon bottom feels very isolated and was completely filled with signs of wildlife.

I encountered more piles of bear scat than I've ever seen, all that's was missing was the bear which we still haven't came to the conclusion as to what animal we passed that was decomposing in a section of the creek.
It was just a large black mass wasting away in shallow water which filled the air of a quarter mile radius with the stench of rotted flesh.
Needless to say as the hike and heat went on a totally forgot about it and found myself drinking unfiltered creek water until Joel questioned my sanity. :sweat:

I definitely underestimated just how idyllic and impressive this canyon was and will most certainly find myself coming back here one day!
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Hiking11.46 Miles 1,192 AEG
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Looking for a short day trip to cool off in the clear water of WCC we decided on the Tramway Maxwell Loop. Knowing this was an ideal summer hike for pups, I decided to dognap Cup and Blanco and give them a little exercise in the woods.

Turned out to be a great day. The WCC portion of the trail was more overgrown than I remember with less of a developed route to follow. Especially upstream of Maxwell. But once we reached Willow, there was a surprisingly good use trail most of the way. I actually found this area of canyon to be much more scenic and interesting than the upper WCC part. I'll have to come back and try the loop from farther up that hits the cold swimmers.

There was a lot of algae on the rocks and underwater footing was as slippery as I can ever remember it being. And Willow has a ton of poison ivy. Rumor has it 9L is currently working on his 14th application of Tecnu since arriving home! :)
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Hiking11.71 Miles 1,198 AEG
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I had one free day this weekend, and Chumley invited me to join in on a hike to WCC. I hadn't done the Tramway-Maxwell loop in more than ten years, so I was happy to tag along.

It was a warm hike from the road down to the creek, so as soon as I saw water, I was happy to jump in. It was not nearly as cold as I expected it to be. Good thing too, because there was plenty of time spent wading through the water on this one. The vegetation was very overgrown--more so than I could ever remember seeing down there. We made our way through the brush, and the creek when necessary. Even though the rocks were very slick, with poles, I thought it was easier to walk through the water than the brush.

After a stop for lunch, we headed up Willow. I thought the scenery in Willow was great, and the path was better. At times, it felt like walking through marshland, and was very easy to get through. We passed a few small caves/alcoves that looked like they would be great places to camp. I think Chumley aimed to walk through every patch of poison ivy in the canyon, maybe just to see if we'd follow him though it.

We found some slightly better paths in a few places on the way back to Maxwell. The climb out felt harder than I expected it to be--maybe because my shoes were soaked through, and each step I took felt like I had a five pound weight attached to each ankle.

Fun day, and perfect weather to spend down in the creek. And it was nice to run into Joe & Bruce at the gas station in Payson--nice to meet both of you!
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Nice day out in WCC. The canyon never disappoints and this was another wonderful trip.
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Aug 15 2015
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Shockingly haven't been out here in 4 years. Love the area. The creek whacking wasn't so much enjoyable as it was pretty muggy. Better than the record highs in the Valley!
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Not the Browneyed Susan show from yesteryears. Some nice Mexican Silene.
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Hiking7.20 Miles 1,456 AEG
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I don't repeat loops very often. This is the third time I've done this one. It's a drop dead gorgeous area.

With the threatening rain, I parked about a bit farther this time. These roads get real slick when wet.

Surprise of the day, was seeing nobody in the canyon.

Temps ranged from 75 to 85, with the 75 being when we finished. The humidity in West Clear Creek was brutal.

Like Arnold... I'll be back.
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Not far past Payson on 87N, traffic was detoured (not sure why). All traffic was directed onto a residential dirt road with cars going both north and south. We got stuck there not moving for a good 45 minutes at least. I got out of the vehicle and walked 200 yards out to see what was going on. A car towing a U-Haul trailer was blocking the southbound traffic and I think people were saying a truck towing a big hay trailer coming south took up too much room so the northbound cars couldn't get by?? Well, I saw both and there was plenty of room/clearance for both directions to be moving! I don't know why people were stopping?!!

Finally got out of the jam. I started hiking at 10:30. The hike was beautiful and made up for the aggravation from the traffic jam. The blue skies, puffy clouds and nice breeze made the hike on the otherwise bland FR318 nice. As I started dropping down on Maxwell Trail, the beautiful canyon and bold crags came into view. Once at the bottom of the canyon, going along West Clear Creek through the lush riparian zones and reeds surrounded by huge crags was beautiful and very enjoyable. The climb up on Tramway Trail was beautiful too. I was able to take in more great views looking back down at the huge canyon walls and west where the creek continues to flow. I heard a couple and their dog in the canyon and saw their sign-out on the TH register at Tramway TH. Another great day of beautiful scenery and solitude :)
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Hey I finally got out on an outdoor adventure this summer. Pretty straight forward day, we parked at the Maxwell trailhead and made our way to the top of Tramway Canyon. Not as many false floors or deadfall as we thought we would see and what do you know, a few pools to cool off in halfway down the canyon. We replaced the webbing on the anchors as they were pretty crusty and had a couple good rappels to have fun with. A few good sections in this canyon to see but no narrows like you get on the southern end of WCC. Once out and in WCC, we made good time back to the Maxwell trail where dozens of people were having their fun in WCC. For the first time in awhile it seems, it didn't rain on us either in WCC or on the way back up. Good Times.
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Got most of the Crew together for this one...Not an easy Feat these Days... :sweat:
Had planned on a Different Canyon but changed our Mind at the 11th Hour and decided this would make a Nice Day.
None of us had ever done it so it was New Territory for all...Including the Maxwell Trail Portion. Basically, did the Tramway/Maxwell Loop but came down the Canyon instead of the Trail...
Parked at the Maxwell TH and got the Roadwalk out of the Way first thing, before turning Left at West Tank and dropping into the Top of the Canyon.
Made our Way Down Canyon, Scrambling a bit, Downclimbing a bit and then some Rappels. A couple of the Rappels probably could have been Down Climbed and I know Ken could have done them, but we Elected to Rappel them. Ended up with 4 Rappels total...
Normally, it sounds like there isn't Water in this Canyon, but we ran into it in a couple of Spots. One Spot we probably could have avoided if we had Retraced and looked for a Bypass around, but why? Sooner or later, we were going to get Wet in WCC anyway, it was getting pretty warm and the Water looked pretty Fresh. So we Downclimbed into the Waist Deep Water and it felt pretty good... :D
Eventually, after the Rappels, we ended up in WCC, warm and ready for a Swim...Started heading Upstream towards the Maxwell Trail, stopping by a Deep Pool for a Refreshing Swim and then stopping for Lunch at the Maxwell Trail Junction.
Really Enjoyed the Maxwell Trail. It was an actual Trail mostly, not that "Straight Up Route, pretending to be a Trail" Look with big Steps and Light Scrambling like many of the WCC Trails have.... :sweat: Took our Time and eventually made it back to Mike's Vehicle.
Finished the Day with an unimpressive Dinner at That Brewery in Pine...Probably a good Place to Drink, but for what you pay, the Food needed to be much better...Was pretty disappointed... :?
But a Good Day nonetheless, with Good Friends that I don't get a chance to see much, although I've been chasing Ken around a few times this Spring and Summer... :lol:
Another Good Day in a Canyon with Good Friends.... :y:
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Tramway Maxwell LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2015
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Hiking10.60 Miles 1,500 AEG
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Somehow things ended up falling into place and we got the gang together for some fun creek time in West Clear Creek. Four hikers and three dogs-- we were a force to be reckoned with today. Some unsuccessful fishing happened. The dogs had a blast. We went down the Maxwell Trail, hiked just past the Point Trail, backtracked, and went up the Tramway. Wet times were had by all.
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