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Nov 01 2020
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
West Fork Oak Creek Trail #108Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2020
donqcryer
Hiking6.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.00 mph
300 ft AEG
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see foliage report
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
past peak, but still significant color. Crowded but always worth it to see such great color
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Nov 01 2020
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
Red Rock CrossingSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2020
donqcryer
Hiking4.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Hiked from Back O'Beyond Cathedral TH to Red Rock Crossing. Fantastic pre-peak foliage along Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing, still with many trees green, so should be good for at least a week or more
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Oct 31 2020
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2020
donqcryer
Hiking5.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.50 mph
800 ft AEG
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
well past peak and many trees going straight to brown without color. Just not a good year because of the drought. One good section at the beginning of trail on otherside of creek but won't be long before all leaves are gone.
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Oct 24 2020
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
Stewart Pocket Grand CirclePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
donqcryer
Hiking7.00 Miles 802 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.33 mph
802 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Just posted the Guide and Route for this Trail. This is one of Payson's best, if not THE BEST. The 2mi Old Fox Farm connector section keeps on being hidden by branches as was today. See Photoset to help locating the intersection. Absolutely beautiful hike and nice to have a longer loop in Stewart Pocket.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Sporactic yellows, but this trail never is a good fall foliage
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Oct 22 2020
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2020
donqcryer
Hiking4.40 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   2 Hrs      2.20 mph
600 ft AEG
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see Foliage report below
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
I took 2 hikes from See Canyon TH. Foliage in the parking lot area is good but still pre peak. First hike went east on Highline. The first wash crossing after 15 minutes was still green. After 25 more minutes, you cross the second wash and enter the bottom of what should be call Foliage Canyon. The bottom was pre but with color, midway up had tons of color but still pre. Almost at the end of the maple / oak section of the canyon was full on Peak, and when you cross the next wash, the leaves were all brown and past peak. If one can find the old trail (hidden by FS with logs etc) it stays in the canyon bottom following the wash and color is EXTREME. I will upload a route for the old trail. Otherwise, as you go up the canyon, about 100' before the first switch back, look for a trail covered with logs that heads down to the wash. That is the old original trail and follows the wash up and rejoins the trail further up. I also did See Canyon Trail, except for a nice group of maples 2 minutes from the Highline Intersection and then again right after crossing the See Spring creek, there is little color and all very pre... Pics to follow...
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Oct 22 2020
donqcryer
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 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
See Canyon TH Highline E to Foliage Canyon, AZ 
See Canyon TH Highline E to Foliage Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2020
donqcryer
Hiking4.41 Miles 839 AEG
Hiking4.41 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   2.24 mph
839 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
I took 2 hikes from See Canyon TH. Foliage in the parking lot area is good but still pre peak. First hike went east on Highline. The first wash crossing after 15 minutes was still green. After 25 more minutes, you cross the second wash and enter the bottom of what should be call Foliage Canyon. The bottom was pre but with color, midway up had tons of color but still pre. Almost at the end of the maple / oak section of the canyon was full on Peak, and when you cross the next wash, the leaves were all brown and past peak. If one can find the old trail (hidden by FS with logs etc) it stays in the canyon bottom following the wash and color is EXTREME. I will upload a route for the old trail. Otherwise, as you go up the canyon, about 100' before the first switch back, look for a trail covered with logs that heads down to the wash. That is the old original trail and follows the wash up and rejoins the trail further up. I also did See Canyon Trail, except for a nice group of maples 2 minutes from the Highline Intersection and then again right after crossing the See Spring creek, there is little color and all very pre... Pics to follow...
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Oct 14 2020
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
Kachina Trail #150Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2020
donqcryer
Hiking5.70 Miles 733 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   3 Hrs      1.90 mph
733 ft AEG
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Foliage report: Aspen Corner was still pre-peak but a lot of color. (Viet Springs looked pre...) Snowbowl slope was post peak with yellows turning brownish. Kachina Trail from the Snowbowl TH was really good. There were stands of Aspen that were peak, and some stands still pre, and some areas still green. A few stands were post-peak. The yellows were not as intense as years prior due to the drought, but with such a spread from pre to post peak, ane can't miss. The previous weekend I did Lockett meadow and Inner Basin and it was peak!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Katchina was full on. See above
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Mar 14 2020
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
Palo Verde Trail #512Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2020
donqcryer
Hiking7.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.33 mph
700 ft AEG
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1st trip
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It is hard to find a more scenic hike in the Valley especially this time of year when the wildflowers are in their splendor, numerous and all along the trail and slopes. The poppies were numerous and their happy faces defied one not to smile. Even without the wildflowers, the vegetation is more lush than most Valley trails and of course the healthy mature Saguaro's just add to the beauty. The trail has continuous ups & downs, so one gets a reasonable workout. With the lake and the surrounding mountains, it is wall-wall scenic wonderland. Today, the puffy white cumulus clouds against the blue blue sky, just made for many Kodak moments. Even more surprising, a Saturday with perfect weather with spring wildflowers, and might have passed only a handful of people - go figure!
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Wildflowers Observation Extreme
Maybe at peak. Almost continuous wildflowers in bloom along trail, especially first half. Poppies are numerous along trail, though no huge large patches.
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Oct 27 2019
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
Highline Trail #31Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2019
donqcryer
Hiking6.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs      3.00 mph
500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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This was a foliage hike from See Canyon TH east on the Highline Trail towards the 260 TH. After the foliage around See Canyon TH (especially the parking lot area that was at Peak and spectacular) the second major canyon you go up at about 1.4 miles from the See Canyon TH is a great foliage area all the way up the Canyon.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Foliage was past peak but still great. This area usually can be better tha See Canyon, but not this year. Many maples went to yellow with only a few red. Colors were pastel. Best colors and foliage were only the old trail (now closed and 'hidden') that stays close to the creek bed all the way up.
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Oct 26 2019
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
donqcryer
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   2 Hrs      3.45 mph
1,874 ft AEG
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Foliage at peak up See Canyon and a little pre-peak on spur to Spring. Colors are vibrant this year
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
Close to peak if not peak. Colors incredible especially up See Canyon to before Rim. Spur to See Spring is a little pre peak and not as colorful
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Oct 16 2019
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
Kachina Trail #150Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2019
donqcryer
Hiking5.70 Miles 733 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles
733 ft AEG
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
Aspen Corner, Snowbowl and especially Kachina Trail from the Snowbowl side is Peak foliage color. Some aspens are pre, some post, most peak. Go quickly, they won't last!
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Oct 15 2019
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2019
donqcryer
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles
1,874 ft AEG
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Some isolated reds and yellows. Looks like in one more week for color to occur...
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Sep 27 2019
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2019
donqcryer
Hiking8.00 Miles 4,790 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.00 mph
4,790 ft AEG
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Started at sunrise. Perfect weather. Views spectacular. The whole hike down was mesmerizing. Continued on to Phantom Ranch for a lunch break before climbing out up River Trail and Bright Angel for a one day 18.4 mile down and back hike
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Sep 27 2019
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2019
donqcryer
Hiking10.40 Miles 4,390 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs      2.08 mph
4,390 ft AEG
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After coming down on South Kaibab to Phantyom Ranch for a lunch break, went back up via the River Trail then Bright Angel. Weather almost perfect, a little hot near the river. The last 4 miles are a grunt but the scenery makes it painless.
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Oct 13 2018
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2018
donqcryer
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles
1,874 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
still too early for any color
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Oct 05 2018
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
Inner Basin Trail #29Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2018
donqcryer
Hiking4.25 Miles 2,460 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles
2,460 ft AEG
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Lockett Meadow and Inner Basin were near peak for most of the aspen groves
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Most of the aspen groves were near peak from Lockett up to the Inner Basin. Around the meadow, the small aspen scrub were at peak. I doubt the color will last a week more
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Oct 23 2017
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2017
donqcryer
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles
1,874 ft AEG
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
Went back for 5th time this foliage season. TH parking lot is now a little past peak, but still Extreme. The trail up See Canyon, especially beginning about 2 miles in is close to peak and vibrant. Going east on Highline and up the first canyon (approximately 2 miles from S.C. TH) is now past peak but still colorful, but will not last much longer with significant leaf fall...
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Oct 20 2017
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2017
donqcryer
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles
1,874 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
TH parking lot area is at Peak. Trail up See Canyon significant color and at pre to near peak
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Oct 17 2017
donqcryer
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 Guides 8
 Routes 15
 Photos 237
 Triplogs 44

71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2017
donqcryer
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles
1,874 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
The See Canyon TH parking lot maples are showing good color, but still pre-peak. The first canyon on Highline going east from TH (about 40 minutes in..) is showing extreme color and close to peak in spots
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Oct 11 2017
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 Guides 8
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 Photos 237
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71 male
 Joined Oct 06 2011
 Payson, AZ &
Hart PrairieFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2017
donqcryer
Hiking14.25 Miles 1,102 AEG
Hiking14.25 Miles
1,102 ft AEG
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
Near the end of FS 794 near the intersection with FS151 the Aspen groves are full on, with some past peak and others bare
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