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Buena Vista Trail #637 - Show Low - 2 members in 8 triplogs have rated this an average 2.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 08 2020
kingsnake
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Buena Vista Trail #637 - Show LowPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2020
kingsnake
Hiking11.53 Miles 1,277 AEG
Hiking11.53 Miles   3 Hrs   54 Mns   2.96 mph
1,277 ft AEG
 
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The past year or so my regular hike day is Thursday. But Arizona temperatures were scheduled to peak on Thursday — including 90℉ in Show Low. However, temps were supposed to drop 5° on Friday, and another 10° Saturday through Tuesday. Then again, the north country is a zoo on the weekend, as Phoenicians jam I-17 and AZ-260 heading to points north and east. The more I can avoid other people, the better. So, I waited until Monday. 🌡

After the three hour drive from Phoenix, my wife & I arrived at the trailhead at 9:00 a.m. For a small trailhead, in a small town, it was packed: I counted at least 10 vehicles. (There may have been more, but I ran out of fingers.) ✋🤚

Despite the crowded trailhead, I only encountered two hikers about halfway, two hikers near the end, three ATVs moving too fast for conditions, and no mountain bikes, dog walkers, or horse riders. Only three vehicles were left at the trailhead when I returned at 2:00 p.m.

There’s good maps posted at the trailhead, and apparently some are occasionally available to take along. However, I recommend carrying a GPS: The official loop is criss-crossed by uncountable other jeep trails and mountain bike paths. I hiked 1½ extra miles due to wrong turns, and the couple I met near the end had just gotten un-lost. 🧭

The 1,200 ft. of AEG on Buena Vista Trail #637 mostly occurs in a half dozen 150-200 ft. climbs. Nothing too strenuous. The best views on the loop, occur from a clear “summit” 4.0 miles into the hike. The hospital in Pinetop-Lakeside was obvious, as were the antennas on Porter Mountain and the quarry at First Knoll.

I finished the Buena Vista Trail #637 loop in 3h 54m, which — math 😣 — is 2.96 mph, a speed akin to my neighborhood walks during the week. The hike is is not spectacular by any means, but I enjoyed the pleasant stroll. 🙂

On the way home, I diverted off AZ-260 in Pinedale so I could drive through the covered bridge — apparently the only one in Arizona — just for my loving & supportive wife, who had always wanted to drive through a covered bridge. Happy birthday, Schnook! 🤗

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/468117220
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I was surprised by the wide variety of flowers along Buena Vista Trail #637: Lupine and western wallflower were among the more numerous, while a saw only one or two penstemon, paintbrush and prickly pear flowers.

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Aug 02 2019
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Buena Vista Trail #637 - Show LowPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2019
mt98dew
Hiking10.85 Miles 2,133 AEG
Hiking10.85 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   3.39 mph
2,133 ft AEG
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Day 6 of Pinetop vacation. I had planned on doing Ghost of the Coyote (cool sounding name), but there was a very smokey fire in the area that made breathing very uncomfortable. I don't think it was a major fire, (the next day when we drove through there was no signs of it), but the conditions: being in a valley and having no wind made it look and feel like an LA smog day. So turning around I opted for Buena Vista Trail.

Got on the trail a little before 7am. No sign of fire or smoke. This was undoubtedly the most frustrating trail that I did while in Pinetop. From the start I was confused on what the actual trail was (very surprising for the White Mountain Trail System). At the TH there was a kiosk with a road and a nice single track leading away from it. Without even thinking I hop on the single track and begin my hike. I quickly found that this trail was lacking the metallic blazes that are a signature for the WMTS. Looking around, I spy the blazes on trees going along the road I had neglected. Ok, I was game with that. So I hop on the road and follow it for about a mile before coming to a spot where it leaves the road and become a single track. Neat. In my mind, single are almost always more fun to hike and run than roads. And this was a nice single track as it wound its way up a hill to a nice viewing point. Note: I did get briefly side tracked by another trail that crossed it. Once again the lack of blazes, caused me to back track and find the intended trail. Unfortunately, once this single track dropped down from the hill it connected to a road again. The trail made a sharp right onto the road. This also happened to be the juncture for the Chihuahua Trail Connector, which made a sharp left on to the road.

At this point, I wasn't sure how much road and how much single trail to expect. Being a trail purist (especially for the first hike), I wanted to remain on the intended trail. This kept things going a little more slowly for me as I kept looking for metallic blazes to confirm that I was on trail. This proved more difficult than I expected as the blazes were not nearly as common as they are on other WMTS. (On the other trails that I had done, I would catch sight of the next blaze almost as soon as I past the one in front of me. And ironically, these trails had been so well established that this was more a luxury than a necessity). On this trail I frequently had to look over my shoulder to see a blaze on the "backside" of the tree, but not on the side of the direction that I was going. I could have saved myself a lot of frustration by realizing that this was a "road trail." There was only two other spot (that I found) where the trail became a single track before very quickly joining the road again. Very frustrating! And ATV roads are very unimaginative; straight up and down and badly rutted in places. What made this trail even more vexing was that there appeared to be a beautiful single track that followed very closely the same route. On more than a handful of occasions, I would come upon a single track crossing the road/"trail" that I was on. I have a feeling that there might be a couple of threads to this single track, but it certainly looked more inviting than the road that I was doing.

When I got back to the TH, a biker (named Mike) who was very familiar with the WMTS, said that there were basically two trails: a biker trail (single track) and a hiker trail (road). He said that the biker trail wasn't really marked yet, but there were places where the two trails commingled. He expressed hopes that within a year or two that the volunteers of the WMTS would reroute this trail (put blazes on trees following the single track trail). We can only hope. I would NOT come back and do this hike as it is. There are much better options in the vicinity. However, if they do this as a single track I would be interested in revisiting the area. Saw 5 elk, a couple of rabbits and a bunch of lizards on trail. No one else. Weather was great again. Low 70's for the hike.
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Jan 06 2018
nathanbrisk
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34 male
 Joined Aug 06 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Buena Vista Trail #637 - Show LowPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2018
nathanbrisk
Hiking5.87 Miles 705 AEG
Hiking5.87 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   3.01 mph
705 ft AEG
 
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Nice day for a jaunt in Show Low
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Jul 04 2017
SkyIslander18
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50 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Buena Vista Trail #637 - Show LowPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2017
SkyIslander18
Hiking3.50 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
350 ft AEG
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Awoke early from my Fool Hollow Lake campsite, packed up and headed out back home to Safford.
Wanted to get a quick morning hike in before leaving the pine country and choose the Buena Vista "short loop" trail.
Perfect little hike to get the day started!
Got to walk through the pines and spotted 12 deer together towards the end.
A few stops were made on the drive home at Salt River Canyon, Globe for lunch & San Carlos for a quick casino donation.
Made it back home and then out to Roper Lake to watch the Gila Valley 4th fireworks show with friends.
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Oct 01 2016
plimtuna
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57 male
 Joined Apr 02 2015
 Phoenix
Buena Vista Trail #637 - Show LowPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2016
plimtuna
Hiking10.30 Miles 2,133 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles
2,133 ft AEG
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Map and route description to find the trail head are near perfect. Found the start, plenty of parking. We were two couples staying at a cabin nearby. beautiful day, partly cloudy low 70's. The route is very nicely marked, it is easy to get side tracked though as there are many logging paths throughout the hike.

Next time in Show Low we will try this one again, just right for us middle aged old farts.
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Some trees starting to turn. Nothing too spectacular just yet.
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Sep 07 2015
Stoic
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44 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Buena Vista Trail #637 - Show LowPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2015
Stoic
Hiking6.94 Miles 722 AEG
Hiking6.94 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.78 mph
722 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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I headed up toward Show Low after the Kinishba Ruins site. I really had no plans for today. I came across this hiking and biking area. I pulled over and started hiking. 2 miles into the hike, I decided to go off the Buena Vista Trail, and take some biking trails. I liked the biking trails better. They where one track weaving in and out of trees, instead of the larger 4x4 /ohv trail. It started out nice and sunny with a cool breeze. It ended up raining hard for over an hour! The lighting was close and the thunder was loud. It was a muddy trek back to the truck.
Still a great hike.
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Aug 03 2013
trailzrus
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67 male
 Joined Jul 24 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Buena Vista Trail #637 - Show LowPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2013
trailzrus
Hiking10.36 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking10.36 Miles
1,600 ft AEG
 
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Mar 31 2012
trailzrus
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67 male
 Joined Jul 24 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Buena Vista Trail #637 - Show LowPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2012
trailzrus
Hiking10.30 Miles
Hiking10.30 Miles
 
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This hike is located just outside of Show Low. The trailhead is about 1/4 mile off the US60 between mile markers 336 and 337. On the trail you will hike through oak, ponderosa pine and manzanita. Once on top you are able to get great views of the surrounding area. We saw alot of animal tracks while out hiking today and saw a few wild horse running in the distance. Parts of this hike border the Apache Indian Reservation. The terrain is relatively easy, portions of it follow old logging roads. I would not recommend hiking this after heavy rains due to the sandy soil that makes of parts of this hike. :)
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