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Aug 15 2019
LJW
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 Phoenix, AZ
Promontory Butte 7,914Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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LJW
Hiking22.77 Miles 4,556 AEG
Hiking22.77 Miles   7 Hrs   16 Mns   3.25 mph
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Wanted to combine a trip to Promontory Butte with the Horton-Derrick loop, but decided to make it a little longer in order to see more of the Highline Trail. Started at 5:20am on Horton and took the loop clockwise.

Horton Creek is very pleasant, a nice gradual gain always within earshot of the creek. Went to the spring and headed up Highline. Saw 4 elk, all bucks.

Made it to Promontory and saw it's still a long way to the top despite the 3/4mile distance posted on the sign. The trail has a good amount of deadfall and is pretty well overgrown in spots. Nice views distracted from the toughest part of the hike.

Walked cross country along the rim to Promontory Butte. As is true pretty much everywhere on the rim, nice forest with great views of the Mazatzals. Very quiet apart from the occasional passing plane. From the highpoint I cut through the forest to FR764 and took that to 300. The gate to 764 was closed, so seemingly no one was out on Promontory Butte.

Took See Canyon down. The only people I saw all day were 2 groups at the beginning and end of the trail. Trail's in great shape, those varmint callers do good work.

Once on Highline it started to get warm. It was more exposed than I thought it would be. Not too much shade overall, and the same was true for Derrick. Mid 90s by the time I finished, but it seemed cooler than that.
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Aug 10 2019
DixieFlyer
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DixieFlyer
Hiking12.80 Miles 2,556 AEG
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I was looking for a nice hike in some cooler weather, and decided to head up to Bear Canyon Lake. We started and ended the hike at the See Canyon TH. Once at the Rim Road, we took an off trail shortcut to get to FR 208, and took that to the Bear Canyon Lake Trail, which leads down to the lake.

There was a healthy volume of water in the lake, and there were very few people there. This is a very pretty lake imho, and it is something of an undiscovered gem.

On the way back we took a short trip up to See Spring.

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Jun 30 2019
trekkin_gecko
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See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ 
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Hiking18.20 Miles 2,945 AEG
Hiking18.20 Miles   7 Hrs   3 Mns   2.73 mph
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john and i drove up to camp saturday night near see canyon trailhead
after dinner at the thai restaurant in payson, found a campsite and we both tested out some new gear
nice night with good star viewing and low temps in the 60s - very pleasant
coffee and breakfast while packing up
got going around 0630 up see canyon, with a detour to see spring
i had downloaded two of @dixieflyer's routes, one an out n back to bear canyon lake, and the other for the see canyon - drew loop
we got to the lake and had a snack
had previously kayaked and hiked here with my friend from nebraska, and wanted to see the south access
a scenic destination and a nice spot for a break
went back to rim road and decided to finish the hike with the drew loop option
should have been about 16 miles total, and would have been had i switched routes i was following
took a combination of general crook trail, some logging roads and aspen trail over to carr trailhead, overshooting drew trail and adding probably two miles to the hike
there are several tracks posted showing a much more efficient way to the drew trailhead
on the plus side, aspen trail is very pretty
we also saw about 20 elk crossing in front of us on one of the logging roads
backtracked and headed down drew, which offers some nice views
returned on highline - this section was new to me
a nice combo, which could certainly be done better
we had lunch at the thai place again on the way home
fun weekend! thanks for the camping idea, john and sorry about that extra couple miles :lol:
think i owe you a beer for that
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Jun 30 2019
johnlp
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 chandler,az
See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ 
See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking18.20 Miles 2,945 AEG
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Nice hike up to the rim and Bear Canyon Lake from See Canyon with Kelly. Strawberries are at peak on The See Canyon Trail.The lake is very scenic. Not at all crowded for a June weekend. Aspen Trail is pretty.
The Hike down Drew and along the Highline back to the car was shorter than expected which is always a pleasant surprise at the end of a solid hike. It got warm the last third of the hike but never uncomfortable. Saw a herd of about 20 elk.
Good times. Thanks Kelly! :)
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Jun 11 2019
CannondaleKid
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 Mesa, AZ
See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking7.40 Miles 2,044 AEG
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Although we had rented a place in Strawberry for the rest of the week, due to the heavy smoke from the Coldwater Fire we decided to hike somewhere away from the fire.

While we had a clear-air start to this hike, maybe just over halfway up we could see and feel the smoke rolling in... the west winds must have picked up early. :(

We soldiered on but within a quarter mile of the top the air was so thick with smoke even breathing through wet cloth or in my case an EnduraCool neck gaiter, we had raw throats... so it was time to call it quits and turn back.
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Hmmm, with all the smoke seemingly everywhere, what are we gonna do for hiking the next three days? Hopefully we will get some favorable winds or better yet some rain... Ha! Fat chance of that!
As we will find out, things get worse before they get better.
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Apr 30 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Promontory Butte via See Canyon, AZ 
Promontory Butte via See Canyon, AZ
 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking15.20 Miles 2,658 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   7 Hrs   32 Mns   2.58 mph
2,658 ft AEG   1 Hour   38 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I enjoy hiking to Promontory Butte, but had never done it from See Canyon. What a difference a month makes! I attempted this hike in late March, and there was about 3' of snow up on the Rim Road, so I wound up turning around and going back to the TH.

I started and ended the hike at the See Canyon TH. I did a CCW loop by taking the See Canyon Trail up to the Rim; then taking Rim Road 300 to FR 76; then taking FR 76 and another forest road before going off-trail to the high point on the edge of Promontory Butte. From there I continued off trail to the Promontory Trail, took the Promontory Trail down to the Highline Trail, and then took the Highline Trail back to the TH.

The Promontory Trail is still in need of some TLC -- I don't think that there has been any maintenance on this trail in quite some time. The trail doesn't seem any worse than last year though, so the winter weather does not seem to have had a negative impact on it.

This was my first time on the section of the Highline Trail from the Derrick Trail junction to the See Canyon TH. It was nice hiking on this section, especially after coming down on the Promontory Trail. I have now hiked the western section of the Highline Trail from Pine to Geronimo, and the eastern section from the Fish Hatchery to the 260 TH. I still need to do the section from Geronimo to the Fish Hatchery.

It was a cold, damp day so unsurprisingly I saw no other hikers. I did see a camera-hogging elk up on Promontory Butte though.
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Apr 22 2019
MEWhiteman
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 Phoenix, AZ
Highline Trail #31Payson, AZ
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Hiking avatar Apr 22 2019
MEWhiteman
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,145 AEG
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Hiked from the 260 Trailhead west to the See Canyon TH with a short hike to the See Spring at the end to add some distance and aeg for the day. The trail was in great shape. The distance was longer and the aeg less than I calculated from the existing track on HAZ. Actual was 7.4 miles and 575' aeg from TH to TH. There was minor rerouting near the See Canyon TH vs the HAZ track. The weather was great and See spring had a good flow.. It was a good but tiring day.
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Mar 25 2019
DixieFlyer
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DixieFlyer
Hiking10.80 Miles 2,415 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   2.17 mph
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1st trip
It has been about 6 months since I have hiked up on the Rim, so I persuaded Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, to go up there.

We started at ended at the See Canyon TH. My original not-so-brilliant idea was do to a loop up the See Canyon Trail, over to Promontory Butte, and then down the Promontory Trail to Derrick and Highline, and back to the TH. As it turned out, there was WAY TOO MUCH snow on the rim to do that. So we just did an out-and-back up to the Rim Road.

There is a much heavier water flow in Christopher Creek than is normally seen. If you don't believe it, look here: [ youtube video ]

There are 2 creek crossings where we had to improvise in finding a way across that would enable us to keep our feet dry. One is near the start of the hike, and the other is not far past the fork with the See Spring Trail. Here is Tracie going across the second crossing: [ youtube video ]

We went up the See Spring Trail up to See Spring. imho it is well worth this little side-trip.

Except for the 2 aforementioned creek crossings, the hike was fairly normal until we got up to near 7,000' in elevation, although there was some water running in the trail in a couple of places. As we gained elevation we started to see some occasional snow, some of which was on the trail. Once we got to 7,400'-7,500' we started to see more snow, and by 7,500' there was quite a bit of knee deep snow. In a few places, I sunk down to my waist in the snow. For a while I was following some elk tracks, and I found that if I stepped in the back part of the elk track I would hardly sink down in the snow.

When we finally got to near the Rim Road, there were some snow drifts probably 3 feet deep or more. The elevation where we hit the Rim Road was about 7,850'. We walked maybe 1,000' on the Rim Road, and the snow on the road was packed down (probably from some freeze-thaw) and you didn't sink down very much in the snow while walking; but you sank down just enough to make walking a bit tiring. At that point we decided to turn around and go back to the TH.

With all of the snow that is yet to melt, I imagine that there will be some heavy water flow in Christopher Creek for the foreseeable future. The Rim Road is currently gated shut at both ends, and according to the Coconino National Forest website, it is not supposed to reopen until mid to late April.

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Oct 20 2018
caragruey
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See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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caragruey
Hiking7.48 Miles 1,780 AEG
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2 more weeks for color. It's late this year.
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Oct 20 2018
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See Bear Beaver Rattlesnake, AZ 
See Bear Beaver Rattlesnake, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2018
joebartels
Hiking17.70 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking17.70 Miles   9 Hrs   18 Mns   2.13 mph
3,000 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Little Caesar threw this together 5 years ago. It is a See Canyon loop utilizing See Spring Canyon to maximize Autumn Foliage. Larry joined in the clockwise hike, which included descending two little drop offs.
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2018
Rain has been targeting weekends. Unlike the Cardinals we had several game plans, watching the point forecast through the week. Karl & 9L joined. We elected counterclockwise to ascend See Spring Canyon before the forecasted rain. It seemed like a safer option.

The lower canyon wasn't showing great signs of color. Weather was fab. See Spring Canyon turned out to be borderline doable for myself. We bypassed the typical dry falls that were running today. It took a solid two hours to get 2.5 miles up clearing the canyon. 9L lead pretty much the entire hike and Karl graciously lugged my pack up the steep parts.

The hike around Bear Lake was nice weather and company. Nothing exciting foliage wise. Karl went off route a couple times to capture color that caught the eye in passing.

Beaver and Rattlesnake creeks where running good from rare Oct snow melt which translated to lots of creek crossings. An olympic jump over a creek by a bull elk was cool to witness. Granted it was ten feet but I couldn't do it gracefully lugging six hundred pounds.

Upper See Spring Trail #185 was the show. Not the best display. A couple tunnels of color on trail with the nice autumn breeze was my favorite.
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Trail #184 midway to top is popping on the upswing. Expected waning with snow on the rim two weeks ago. Instead it's a week away. Geology rocks, big whoop. Weather and the life cycle of a leaf mystifies!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Bear Canyon Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
plenty to filter... for a small town

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Probably not common to be flowing this nice in Oct. An early snow 2 weeks ago has snow melt feeding the creeks.

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Medium flow for portions, went underground or ceased in spots. An early snow 2 weeks ago has snow melt feeding the creeks.

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Great flow in all the channels
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BiFrost
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See Bear Beaver Rattlesnake, AZ 
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Hiking18.12 Miles 3,152 AEG
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The goal was to see some color and explore off trail near See Spring and up canyon to the rim. We headed up Christopher Creek from See Canyon Trailhead. About ¾ mile up canyon we split off and headed for the See Spring area checking out the source. From there Bruce had the plan to continue up canyon above the spring and off trail to the rim. It was rough in spots with two waterfalls to bypass but definitely scenic and eventually we made it to the rim.

Once on the rim we headed towards Bear Canyon Lake with pass by the Butler Bennet Place which you can see clearly on satellite. Eventually we made it to Bear Canyon Lake and had some lunch in a nice spot overlooking the lake.

After lunch we followed some old tracks over to Beaver Canyon and hiked upstream. Beaver Canyon was surprisingly scenic and with the recent rains it had significant water. I think everyone really enjoyed this section and easy hiking even though it was technically off trail.

Near the top of the canyon it started to get brushy so we climbed up on Rattlesnake Ridge to get back to the rim. Also had to hike about ¾ mile of FR 300 where it connects up with See Canyon Trail. From the rim and See Canyon Trail we followed that all the way back to the trailhead. However, on the way down we did see some good stretches of color especially on the upper section. Lower down it’s still a week or two from peak. Great hike with little bit of everything on variety of terrain!

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Significant flow from recent rains.

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Tons of water in the spring area.
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Oct 20 2018
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See Bear Beaver Rattlesnake, AZ 
See Bear Beaver Rattlesnake, AZ
 
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The_Eagle
Hiking17.77 Miles 3,069 AEG
Hiking17.77 Miles   9 Hrs   18 Mns   2.12 mph
3,069 ft AEG      55 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Wanted to do some more peepin. See Canyon and See Spring Canyon seemed like they should be prime. I also had a few things I wanted to check out up on top of the rim, so I put this loop together.

I was surprised at the lack of people at the See canyon TH when we started. Nice crisp fall morning to start off.

Up See Canyon Trail #184 we decided to go up See Spring Trail #185 and the canyon, to get 'er done before the forecasted rain. The trees for the most part, were in the early to mid stages of change. We'd bushwhacked down this canyon before and knew it'd be slow going. Snow melt and recent rains had the water running in most sections of the canyon.

This made what was a 15-20' dry fall we'd climbed down before, a no go. We opt'ed for a slow going high/right bypass.

Once up top, I'd been wanting to check out a couple things I'd seen on the Topo maps.

First, Rancho Alegro (Site). I could find nothing online, so boots on the ground it would have to be. Strike out, we saw nothing of importance in the area.

Bennet Butler on the Topo maps was nearby and next up. There were numerous buildings in a clearing and once again, I could find nothing online. This ended up being someones slice of heaven in the middle of Sitgreaves National Forest. What a nice layout and piece of piece of property. I'm guessing family owned before Sitgreaves became a National Forest.

Next off to Bear Canyon Lake where we had lunch. kinda quiet at the lake, which was nice. This was the only time it actually got a bit chilly.

We made our way over to the picturesque Beaver Canyon. Running water, open meadows and Elk jumping across streams, pretty sweet.

We followed a side canyon next to Rattlesnake ridge, until it got choked up a bit too much and jumped up on Rattlesnake Ridge. Spotty color kept us interested.

Dropping down See Canyon we enjoyed the best colors of the day towards the top. This canyon should be good for color for the next couple of weeks.

It's been almost 3 years since I hiked w/ 9L, good to hike with him again. Always good to hike with Cacklin' Karl and Joe Joe the wonder chimp.


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Aspens were looking good, maples were starting, but still early. They were best in upper See Canyon.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Bear Canyon Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Beaver Canyon - Upper Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bennett Butler Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
This tank is on Private Property, but there is flow from the canyon, to the private property that was available.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Rattlesnake Creek - Knoll Lake Topo Light flow Light flow
Flow by Beaver Canyon, pools high up the canyon

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Lot of water flowing in the spring area and in springs above.
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Oct 20 2018
John9L
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See Bear Beaver Rattlesnake, AZ 
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Hiking17.70 Miles 3,069 AEG
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I got lucky (or unlucky) and got to go on a hike with Karl, Joe & Bruce up on the rim. Bruce did all the planning and I was along for the ride. We started off from See Canyon TH and headed in. We detoured over to See Canyon Spring and continued up canyon. The going becomes difficult as the canyon is choked full of brush and boulders. We tried picking the best route and fought our way up. We eventually hit a 15 foot waterfall and had to find a detour. Our choices were poor and we eventually climbed up an embankment which was very loose and steep. It took a lot of work and I don’t recommend this route. With much effort, we returned to the bed of drainage and continued fighting our way up. It was a relief when we finally topped out on the rim. This section was extremely slow and difficult. It was not worth it.

Once on the rim our hiking pace picked up and we headed north for Bear Canyon Lake. It was mostly easy going with a few scrambles as we drop into and out of side canyons. We took our lunch at Bear Canyon Lake and enjoyed the views. We continued on and headed south through Beaver Canyon. Somewhere out there we saw a couple of elk and a bald eagle (not Bruce). We eventually got back to FR300 and headed about a mile west to the See Canyon Trail and headed down from there. The upper portion had nice fall color and we cruised back to the car and were done around 5pm. This was a nice hike, other than the bushwhacking hell, and I’m glad I got to hike with Joe & Bruce again. And thanks Karl for driving us up there in the beater.
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Oct 13 2018
donqcryer
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See Canyon Trail #184Payson, AZ
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donqcryer
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,874 AEG
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
still too early for any color
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Highline Trail #31Payson, AZ
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Hiking3.19 Miles 403 AEG
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Leaves not changing yet but can see the bright green will be yellow soon. 75 degrees and breezy.
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See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking11.90 Miles 2,000 AEG
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1st trip
Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I decided to escape the heat of the VOS and go up to the Rim Country past Payson.

We started and ended the hike at the See Canyon TH, and we did a clockwise loop up to the Rim on the See Canyon Trail, and came back down off of the Rim on the Drew Trail.

I enjoy hiking up See Canyon, even though there aren't any great views...but the forest was lush and green this time of year, although there wasn't as much water flowing through Christopher Creek as I would have guessed. Once we got up on the Rim, we took a right on Rim Road 300 for a short distance until we got to the intersection where FR 208 turns to the left to go toward Bear Canyon Lake. We took a right at this intersection and followed some forest roads and (I presume) part of the General Crook Trail to the Drew Trail. It was roughly 4 miles to get from the TH to the Rim Road, and another 4 miles to get to the Drew Trail. It was just a hair over one mile to descend Drew down to the Highline Trail; then we went west on the Highline for about 2 3/4 miles back to the TH.

This section of the Highline Trail was nice -- the trail was not rocky, and it mostly gently sloped downhill to the TH.

The only wildlife that we saw was a squirrel and a few birds. We did see a couple of interesting mushrooms though.

One section of the hike was on the edge of the Rim, which offered some nice views to the south. There was also a nice view of Promontory Butte from the Highline Trail.

This is a nice little hike, although I think that it would be better in the fall.

It was 63 degrees when we started the hike, and it was probably in the low 80's when we got back to the TH. The weather forecast called for a 60% chance of thunderstorms, mainly after 11 AM. We got on the trail about 6:45 and got back to the TH around 12:30. By the time we were back there were rumbles of thunder and some dark clouds off to the north up above the rim -- so I was glad that we got an early start.
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May 12 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
See Canyon to Bear Canyon Lake, AZ 
See Canyon to Bear Canyon Lake, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 12 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.70 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking12.70 Miles   5 Hrs   51 Mns   2.85 mph
3,000 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
 
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I did this hike a few weeks ago, and decided to escape the hot weather in the Valley and do the hike again. The weather was perfect for the hike, although it was a bit cool and windy at Bear Canyon Lake.

When we got to the Rim Road, we crossed the road and made a short cross-country jaunt to hit FR208. Shortly after crossing the Rim Road we came upon a porcupine, which was the first one of them that I had ever seen. The porcupine scurried along the ground, and then climbed up a tree.

On the way back we went up the See Spring trail to the spring. This spring wasn't as nice as Horton Spring, but it was very nice and peaceful up there.
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Apr 29 2018
toddak
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Highline Trail #31Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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toddak
Hiking25.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking25.00 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   2.38 mph
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From 260 trailhead: Warmup to the rim and back on MS179, then lollipop out Highline, up Drew, across on General Crook, down See Canyon, back on Highline. Nice breezy day. Plenty of clean flow in See Canyon below the spring.
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Apr 05 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
See Canyon to Bear Canyon Lake, AZ 
See Canyon to Bear Canyon Lake, AZ
 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking11.70 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   2.53 mph
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This is an enjoyable out-and-back hike from the See Canyon TH to the southern shores of Bear Canyon Like.

We took the See Canyon Trail #184 for 4 miles until we came to the George Crook Trail #140. Then we took a short cross country jaunt until we hit Forest Service Road #208 (you could have taken a right on the General Crook Trail and then turned left once you got to FR 208, but this is a shorter and more direct route). We continued on FR 208 until we got to the Two-0-Eight TH. From there we went a short distance on Bear Canyon Lake Trail #112 until we got to Bear Canyon Lake.

The See Canyon Trail #184 was generally well-maintained, although it got a bit steep after 2 1/2 miles or so. I thought that Bear Canyon Lake was really pretty, and there was a good bit of snow still on the ground there.
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Mar 31 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Drew / See Canyon Loop, AZ 
Drew / See Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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Tough_Boots
Hiking11.22 Miles 2,057 AEG
Hiking11.22 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.27 mph
2,057 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
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Up Drew and down See Canyon. We only saw a handful of hikers all day. I didn't realize 300 was open already and was surprised to see campers up on the rim. Beautiful day out.
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