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Mar 10 2012
Wild Bill
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60 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Deer Creek Az.
Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2012
Wild Bill
Hiking6.40 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles
800 ft AEG
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What a great day it was, I formed a group of Volunteers, 11 total after gaining permission from the Forest Service to restore the Grave of David Gowan, I showed up at the trailhead at 7:30 and Kingsnake was already there Very shortly after WilliamnWendi - Wendi showed up, we talked for a few minutes and I told them that I had staged the fencing about 1 mile into the hike near the fallin windmill in Deer Creek. I told them that the owner of the ranch was letting me cross his property so we would only have to hike 2 of the 3 miles carrying the fencing, I proposed that if they would like to hike the whole trail out that they could leave now and that I was going to wait until 8:30 and then drive the rest of the Volunteers to the staging area on the back side of the ranch in my truck, I gave them some light rope to make bundles of the fencing to make it easier to carry,and they headed out. a few minutes later 2 young guys from the Payson area showed up, Jeremy & Chris they also desided to start hiking so they could hike the whole trail in, the 4 hikers meet at the staging area, there was 12 rails so they desided to make bundles of three so the 4 of them would carry three rails each,so all that was left to carry was 6 posts a posthole digger,a hula hoe,a rake and some water, I was still back at that trailhead waiting, Lanae my roomate showed up. then Barb and lady named Kim who had heard it on the radio that morning and desided that that was what she was going to do today showed up, a few minutes later Kari,Patti and Heather got there we waited until 8:30 then headed towards the Staging area, we got to the windmill area loaded the remaining 6 posts between my and Kari's large backpacks the others carried the rest of the supplies, I looked at my watch as we walked down into the Grave area and it was 10:00am we all gathered around I explained what we needed to do, within no time at all everybody just started doing things, removing 2 old burnt post, digging new holes removing all the weeds from the grave, raised the Headstone, gathering rocks from the creek area, it all worked like clock work, I remember going to get a drink of water from my pack I looked back and 2 posts where already up, What a great group of people! Thanks for all your help, We where all finished and gathering up our gear and I looked at my Watch and it was 11:15 Amazing we had done all of this work in 1 hour 15 minutes I brought up the rear on the trip back until we got to the Windmill area where we parted with the 4 guys who hiked out, we loaded into the truck and headed back to the trailhead where the others could pick up their vehicles. I was home by 12:30 at the house, Wow Thanks again everyone!!! :y: :y: :y:
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Apr 18 2011
Wild Bill
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 Guides 2
 Photos 56
 Triplogs 9

60 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Deer Creek Az.
Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2011
Wild Bill
Hiking8.80 Miles 2,192 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles
2,192 ft AEG
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I always enjoy hiking this trail because it's so close to where I live, I leave from my house at meet up with the trail at the far west end of the ranch near the old broken windmill, there I catch the real Deer Creek trail and follow it along the edge of the creek until I get to the David Gowan grave site, Which is in terrible condition I might ad.there we turn south and follow the creek, I didn't go all the way, I turned around about a mile after the graves site, wild flowers are blooming no snakes today, but I was ready for them after the other days hike on the Oak Flat #123 Trail ;)
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Apr 15 2011
Wild Bill
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60 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Deer Creek Az.
Oak Flat Trail #123Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2011
Wild Bill
Hiking1.65 Miles 1,744 AEG
Hiking1.65 Miles
1,744 ft AEG
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it was a Beautiful day for a hike, so I headed up to the Trail Head, got there about 8:30 a.m. started up the trail,I saw many signs of Spring in the area,wild flowers are in bloom, like the purple nightshade,wasn't very long that I got into some tall grasses on the trail and thought Wow I better really watch for snakes, and then I walked by a bush and instantly I heard him Rattle to alarm us,big black Rattler 4 ft at least we worked our way around him and kept going about 40 ft farther and I see a Western Diamondback just sitting in the trail/grass ahead so we deside to turn back

Moral of story WATCH FOR SNAKES :)
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Jan 22 2011
Wild Bill
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 Guides 2
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 Triplogs 9

60 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Deer Creek Az.
Gisela RuinsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2011
Wild Bill
Hiking2.50 Miles 240 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
240 ft AEG
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Let me start off first by sayingI don't post all my hikes, so don't let my lack of posting make you think I'm not out in the. It was a nice cool morning we drove my old jeep across the river and parked, we workedour way along the river bed past the CoComunga Canyon and started our climb no real trail to be found we worked our way up the side of the slope finally coming to the ruins, nice veiws, looking south you could see the Eagle nest in the closed section near Indian farm well, looking north you can see the Diamond point towers and the Mogollon rim
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Sep 20 2010
Wild Bill
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60 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Deer Creek Az.
South Fork Trail #46Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2010
Wild Bill
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,850 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
2,850 ft AEG
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Well I hiked it from the top down this time what a difference, the trail is kinda hard to follow in allot of place due to all the dead tree along the way, plus there is almost a 3000 ft. drop in elevation so there is waterfall after waterfall, then downed tree after downed tree, it was 104 degrees man it was a long day
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Sep 02 2010
Wild Bill
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60 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Deer Creek Az.
Shake Tree Trail # 44Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2010
Wild Bill
Hiking5.40 Miles 2,350 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles
2,350 ft AEG
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This morning I took advantage of the cool 57 degree temp and set out early to avoid the heat of the day, I saw allot of critters running about rabbits,a couple squirrels, the deer are running scared because of the bow hunters in the area, no sign of bear on this trail, I turned around at Y-bar tanks, I have never seen another person on this trail, nice little hike
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Aug 24 2010
Wild Bill
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60 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Deer Creek Az.
Barnhardt Trail #43Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2010
Wild Bill
Hiking12.40 Miles 1,912 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles
1,912 ft AEG
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HOT,HOT,HOT, I always enjoy hiking this because there is always shade around the next corner,also his time of the years there are very few others on the trail and I always enjoy the view of Horseshoe lake from my turn around point, living in Deer Creek I can get to the TH in about 20 minutes so I hike this trail for a work out as much as the ever changing awesome views views
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Aug 17 2010
Wild Bill
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60 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Deer Creek Az.
Cornucopia - Thicket Spring LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2010
Wild Bill
Hiking6.50 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles
900 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I started out early from the house I live in the Deer creek subdivision only about 13 miles from the turn off to fr 201,got to the TH at about 7:30 I drive pretty slow on that road, it's about 10 miles from Hwy 87 to the trail head,it was about 76 degrees, a partly cloudy morning with a small active storm cloud moving by to the south, I walked 1/2 mile to the intersection of the Mazatzal divide trail #23 and the Cornucopia #86 where I heard sounds of Bears down below in the canyon to the east and I noticed allot of Bear droppings along the trail,I started to make noise to alert the Bears of my presence and continued along the trail I walked about another mile or so and continued to hear allot more Bear activity,as I made it to thicket spring where I desided to turn back and return to the truck, Wow, I guess I should trade my backpack load from hikng equipment to Hunting equipment. I was alone or I would have kept going,my Partner was late leaving from the Valley and didn't get to the trail head until 10:30 ish
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Jul 14 2010
Wild Bill
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60 male
 Joined May 18 2009
 Deer Creek Az.
Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2010
Wild Bill
Hiking8.80 Miles 2,192 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles
2,192 ft AEG
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History:The Deer Creek -(Gowan Camp) First, The newer map shows the Gowan Camp a little over one mile from the FR.201 trailhead on trail #45 but on older maps the place where is currently called the Gowan Camp they used to call it the Windsor Camp I'm not sure when or how it was changed perhaps to throw the attention off of the real Gowan property which is really on the South fork trail #46 perhaps or just an input error somehow,here is a site where you can cross reference maps.http://www.mindat.org/maps.php?id=133094 .also http://mapper.acme.com/
Hike:Their are two ways to hike this trail,1. From the FR.201 Trailhead, top to bottom, 5500Ft.to 4600Ft. this is a short hike a little over a mile 1.04. Walking down you'll see a change from Tall pine to scrub, it was much cooler than the lower trail head which is just south of the Rye area only a few mile north but much lower in elavation 3000Ft. 2. From the Trailhead at the intersection of Hwy 87/188,Highway mile post 235* This trail is much more of an adventure, from close to 3000Ft. to 4600Ft. (or 4400 if you elect to go all the way alittle over 8.5 miles, the first 3-4 miles are pretty gentle, heading north to the south edge of Deer Creek where you'll see the old Deeer Creek windmill which was knocked down by a falling tree, you will then head west wind along the creek until you come to the Gowan grave site,shortly after that the trail heads more south/southwest and shortly after that the trail becomes hard to follow because of a huge recent rain storm last January 2010, just follow the wash up,there is many miles of rock hopping ahead, this trip is nice because you go from the desert to the the tall pines if you go all the way, the Gowan/Windsor camp is about 7.5 miles from the trailhead I saw manys signs of Bear,Deer,Elk, many different birds, lizards snakes etc. Loved it ! Thank's Joe https://www.youtube.com/user/No1hmfic
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