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Aug 14 2021
nonot
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Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet AreaPayson, AZ
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The elk were all up on the ridge. No shine down in either canyon suggests that they are staying on the ridge up at night and through the morning as well.

In my opinion the upper half of Turkey and the upper part of Beaver are the best, lower down it is not that scenic.
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Oct 25 2020
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Fall Colors on the Rim, AZ 
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Hiking5.08 Miles 560 AEG
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Went up to the Rim this afternoon to explore, relax, and find some fall colors. Stopped at a nice overlook right next to FR300, but the wind was pretty brutal at the edge, with gusts blowing dirt in our faces and trying to throw us off the edge. Headed north to check out Horseshoe Lake, which was dry. Walked along use trails, taking detours whenever we saw a good patch of fall colors. The wind dissipated about 50 meters away from the road. There were multiple patches of maples and aspens, some of which were at peak color, although many of the aspens had already lost their leaves. The smell of the pines was wonderful. Walked along Turkey Creek, which was also dry. We played in the leaves, relaxed, and enjoyed the weather (60s-70s) until the dark clouds moved in and dropped a little rain on us, at which point we looped back around to the car. Good thing one of us usually carries an umbrella! We saw numerous other patches of orange, red, and yellow leaves on the way back to the car, but it's not the same under the dark clouds!
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Scattered areas of aspens and maples with bright yellow, orange, and red foliage mixed in with the pines

dry Horseshoe Lake Dry Dry
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Oct 18 2020
AZTay
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Turkey Creek - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Hiking15.47 Miles 938 AEG
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A bit late on posting this. Did an overnight backpack hike in the Turkey Beaver Wilderness area. There were still colorful leaves all over. We found a nice little spot to camp out up on the side of the dry riverbed. Not a difficult hike as there wasn’t much elevation gain. Saw a bobcat and a bunch of scat.
Oct 17 2020
anmmille
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Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet AreaPayson, AZ
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anmmille
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Decided to wander back through the Turkey Creek and Beaver Ridge areas in the afternoon hours, occasionally following old decommissioned logging roads but mostly just taking paths of least resistance. We entered from FR 91 near Gentry Spring, moving East down a canyon drainage that appeared to have a large stand of hardwoods from satellite imagery. The intermixing of Maples and Aspens was truly spectacular, exceeding my expectations! This whole area is a mosaic of ridges and drainages, meadows and dense woodlands. The ridges are dominated by pine and oaks (maybe not quite at prime color). The wetter, cooler drainages are dominated by maples which seem to be showing prime colors (reds, pinks, oranges)! Aspens are mixed throughout and range from still green to golden to leaves dropped. Quite a bit of diversity throughout here. Saw a group of Elk about halfway through the trip, and heard their calls fairly loudly for the rest of the stroll.
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Maples - prime; Aspens - varying; Oaks - another week until prime?
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Sep 17 2020
survivordude
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Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet AreaPayson, AZ
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survivordude
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Multiple people flaked out for another trip, so I decided to go up on the rim for a couple days with the Lunatic. Found one of the last camp spots in Sitegraves right on the edge of the rim. Wandered up Beaver Canyon, up to the road above, followed that for a while, and then went down into Turkey Creek for the trip back to the rim. Beaver Canyon was cool. There were some fenced off sections and there were nice bear prints in the mud under a fence. The canyon narrowed after that and then opened up a lot under the powerlines. Followed what looked like a very old road along the right side for a while, and then went up to the actual road above. Explored my way down into Turkey Creek and then back to the 300. No fall colors yet and I saw zero animals, was probably because of the temps. Just nice to get out of the blazing heat for a few days.
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Aug 14 2020
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Beaver Turkey Loop, AZ 
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Nice relaxing weekend exploring this area.

On Friday we parked near the Upper Horton Springs TH and hiked into Beaver Canyon. Started to see some pools of water beyond the enclosures. Found the old red truck. We camped a little north of Beaver Park.

On Saturday we worked our way down Beaver and turned back up Turkey Creek. Camped with access to one of the better pools we saw all weekend.

Sunday we eventually climbed out of Turkey Creek to walk FR92 back to the Rim Road. Lots of aspens above the canyon on the ridge, though some have recently blown down.

Certainly met expectations for a leisurely off-the-beaten-path trip to the woods. The route finding is quite easy here and the elk trails can be very well defined. Water was a concern but we ended up coming across enough pools to make it work. Thanks to folks who have logged some trips in the area, it definitely helped in the planning.
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Just a dry creekbed

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No flow but some decent pools

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Small pool just outside of the enclosure
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Oct 20 2019
friendofThundergod
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Turkey Creek - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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friendofThundergod
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I noticed some people had posted decent fall pics from here over the years, but wasn't really sure where they were seeing the colors. I took a stab at just finding some by chance and I think we did ok. I am not sure if we were where everyone seems to see them, but we left satisfied.
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Really popping on some trees, nearly finished for others.
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Oct 12 2019
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Turkey Creek - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Walworthjordyn
Hiking13.03 Miles 2,800 AEG
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Took my mom out for some off-trail fun for some fall colors up on the Rim.

Started from Fish Hatchery, headed out on Highline and then up the very steep trail of Horton to the Rim Road (my mom was probably questioning her decision to hike with me at this point). Then ventured off into Turkey Creek. Pretty easy moving along the creek and through the forest. Saw some Maples and Aspens and no one in sight, could not as for more. I would say in one week it will hit its prime, but it was beautiful nevertheless. First time on the Babe Haught Trail for myself as well, and really enjoy the views of the rim!
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Oct 09 2019
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Highline-Horton-Beaver-Babe, AZ 
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Hiking13.40 Miles 2,908 AEG
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I had been eyeing the Beaver Turkey Ridge WQA for a while, and decided to check it out today to see if there was any fall foliage in the area. I managed to bribepersuade Tracie, my intrepid and favorite hiking partner, to come with me on the hike.

We started at the Fish Hatchery and took the Highline Trail to Horton Spring; then we went up the steep Horton Spring Trail up to the Rim Road; then we wandered for a while in Beaver Turkey Ridge before making our way over to the Babe Haught Trail; then we descended from the Rim on the Babe Haught Trail back to our starting point.

I enjoyed hiking this section of the Highline Trail. While on the Highline we saw a bull elk, and heard quite a bit of elk bugling. While we were taking a snack break at Horton Spring, Tracie saw something moving above us to our left. We took a closer look and saw a coatimundi scampering on the ground. We saw one deer in the WQA, but saw no other animals in the WQA.

There was a decent amount of fall foliage in Beaver Turkey Ridge, and I would think that it will get better over the next week or so.
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There was a fair amount of fall foliage in the Beaver Turkey Ridge WQA: yellow aspens, yellow oak leaves, and some red maples. However, the foliage should be better over the next week or so.
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Sep 20 2019
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Turkey Creek - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Wow, what a crappy week I’ve had since I hiked Turkey Creek and Gentry Ridge. I wish I was still hiking the Mogollon Rim. But you are here to read about a hike, not sob over Dear Abby. Onwards!

Turkey Creek certainly was no Crackerbox Canyon! [ photoset ]

The hike starts out the back of the trailhead, past a fire ring, and down a decommissioned jeep trail. The ferns along the jeep trail were a beautiful blend of summer green and winter orange. If you consider that ‘fall color‘, it was the only fall color I saw the whole day. (With one isolated exception.) 🍁

The next four miles in Turkey Creek alternate between hiking flat, shaded, creekside shelves and slighty sloped grassy hillsides. There were tons of yellow cornflower along Turkey Creek, but very few still had petals. Most had gone fallow for the fall. There were very few other flowers in the canyon bottom and none on Gentry Ridge.

There were very few use trails, or animal trails, in Turkey Creek. Certainly nothing like the freeway in Beaver Canyon.

North of the use trail to FR 92E, Turkey Creek loses its easy bank travel. Though the creek bottom never gets tangled in underbrush or deadfall, it is very rocky, slow, going the next 1.5 miles to McGuire Crossing.

Turkey Creek was totally dry, with the exception of the middle section, roughly between 2.4 and 3.7 miles downstream. Mostly small, isolated pools, though there was decent water in the “tripod moment” prairie. No flow.

It was hard to tell the difference between Turkey Creek and FR 91 at McGuire Crossing, so rocky was the forest road. I would not feel comfortable driving it in my SUV. High clearance recommended.

After a couple of miles, FR91's rocks gave way to a road surface that was often quite sandy. That was an issue because the wind which was howling all day, was at its peak mid-afternoon on the elevated ridge top. I haven’t had sand blow in my eyes like that since Desert Storm.

There was plenty of shade along Gentry Ridge. Whereas Turkey Creek was almost all pine, the ridge top had lots of aspen, plenty of oak, and a scattering of other deciduous species.

There was quite a bit of traffic along FR 91, south of FR 40, which descends to Camp Bonito and Open Draw (both on my list of future Mogollon Rim hikes). I saw Arizona Game & Fish twice, and there were probably twenty vehicle camps scattered along Gentry Ridge.

Considering the mileage, I was feeling pretty good when I finished my hike. On the way out along Rim Road, my wife & I stopped at my favorite place in Arizona, Woods Canyon Lake, for ice cream and ice cold beer. 🍦🍺👍

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Aug 10 2019
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Turkey Beaver Loop, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking14.22 Miles 1,493 AEG
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Close call, Turtle vs. Deer on the Beeline to begin the day just north of Rye. A big buck in velvet.
No need for more coffee at this point.

We did this loop CW, starting in Turkey Creek. Easy walikin' for the most part, through the wet morning foliage.
The prevalent flora on the day were the large patches of Yellow Cone flower.

We jumped out and up on a ridge to check out an area we'd been to last year, then back down into Turkey Creek.

Once in Beaver Canyon, it was a "bit boldery" for a while. We would not hit the sidewalk like part for awhile.

Closer to Beaver Park, we hit a steady rain for about 20 min.

We decided to jump out, up a side canyon, directly back to the Car.

This hike is an 8-9 in the fall with lower temps/humidity and the colors. This time of year, a 6-7 with sweaty temps in the 70's
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Turkey Beaver Loop, AZ 
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Hiking14.22 Miles 1,493 AEG
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Another outing with the boys. 🥴 Had to jump on the brakes on the way up to miss a 🦌 So close! Bruce was a little grumpy but Joe and I did our best to cheer him up. Nice area. Lots of flowers, ferns, and greenery. We did get rained on after lunch but we were prepared. Nice hike, weather, and company. Thanks gents, you rock!
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Aug 10 2019
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Turkey Beaver Loop, AZ 
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joebartels
Hiking14.27 Miles 1,486 AEG
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Easy to moderate off trail loop.

For a mile or two we walked through the woods quietly hoping to see bears. Ever been on a Silent Group Hike? In the spirit of being positive, it is safer being able to concentrate on obstacles in your path of travel.

Creeks were pooled or a light flow maybe 25% of the canyon hike.

The best part of the hike was the company, occasional breezes, coneflowers and the shortcut out of paradise.

Not in my top 100. I do enjoy the non descript shallow canyons on the Mogollon Rim in the short window of cool Autumn in peak foliage. Even then it's a better hike from below the rim for a change of terrain, views and shorter drive.
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Coneflowers galore. Fair scattering of Western Dayflower. Occasional Mexican Silene and a hint of Red Cinquefoil. Isolated Golden-Beard Penstemon. Fleabane. Richardsons Geranium. Hemlock-Parsley.
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Turkey Creek - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Hiking13.53 Miles 1,353 AEG
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I was looking for a hike where I could get some miles without it being a real workout. This area is always great for that.

We headed down Turkey to the confluence with Beaver, but then cut west over to Open where I finally got to take some time and enjoy what I had mostly missed while dodging flash-bang lightning strikes the first time through. The lower section has some deadfall but also a couple of nice little waterfalls and pools. The upper part is just a pleasant meadow.

Two minutes after we got back to the truck, Team Buford™ happened to be driving by on the road, making the task of figuring out how to find their camp as easy as possible. Then the real fun started...
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Do dandelions count?

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Dry at the confluence (map location of water source) but plenty of water upstream

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Springbox was dry, and no sign of spring source, but plenty of standing pools in the vicinity, with clear running water 100 yards downstream.
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Oct 20 2018
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Fall Colors, AZ 
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chumley
Hiking13.28 Miles 1,884 AEG
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I haven't had a chance to enjoy any autumn colors yet, and had to be home midafternoon, so made a point of spending a few hours in this area which seems to have a really diverse range of dates for color for different trees in different areas.

Rain threatened in the morning, but some spots of blue came through later on. The elk rifle hunt is open, and while we only spoke to one hunting group, there were at least 8 different stands that appeared to be recently used. Across from one was a canteen hanging from a tree with a liquid drip. Not my area of expertise, but I'm guessing it was elk urine? It had a pungent and unpleasant odor.

Spotted a bear cub and its mom, a big owl, a bunch of elk and what looked to be a large grey fox, but may have been a small coyote. As usual, a good visit here.
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Weird year. Seems way late. Some colors done and dropped. Others still green. Plenty at prime. I feel like some of the greens will skip turning colors and just drop. Who knows.
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Horton Spring - Turkey - Beaver - Babe Haught, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking17.73 Miles 3,731 AEG
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Peepin' 2018 - Part2

We started at the Hatchery TH and rode the 4 mile Highline #31 rollercoaster, east to the eerily empty Horton Springs area.

Up the unmarked, less popular, steep but easy to follow, Hortons Springs Trail #292. Great views on the way up.

Using previous routes from Chums and Mountain Matt, we continued on the other side of FR 300, in the Turkey Beaver Ridge area, hittin' peepin' spots along the way. Looks like the reds are probably another week away, but we still hit substantial color.

At one point I spotted 2 bears in an opening. I tried to get Joes attention, but he was busy checking for hits on his Tinder account. Feelin' all excited, we started climbing a ridge that looked like it was a latrine for a Bear convention. Shortly after Joe got my attention as I jumped a Bear, 40 yds ahead of me. He ran and the turned and stood on his hind paws, looking at us. Not 5 minutes later, I spotted 2 more bear. Using the wind as our cover, we moved closer. They did not spot us for more than 5 minutes.

Video of Bear with Joe trying to get it to smile.
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In a small side canyon of Turkey Creek, in the middle of nowhere, sittin on top of a rock, we ran into fellow HAZzer, Ron Adcock @Digital_Sherpa. Nice to meet you! Hope you got some good shots you can share.

I always try my best to get Joe on the General Crook Trail whenever possible, knowing how much he appreciates it. After a stop at the GD Bantz gravesite (minus part of the vandalized headstone) we hit the Babe Haught #143, down to the truck.

Chilly and windy on the day, the breaks were few to stay warm. Could have used gloves at times.

On the day, 5 Bear, 3 Elk, 2 Deer, numerous squirrels gathering their nuts
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Maybe a week away for the real deep reds, some aspen were green, some were void of leaves. Maples were the same way. plenty of leaves blanketed the ground.

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May 06 2018
MountainMatt
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Turkey-Open Draw-Gentry, AZ 
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This was most definitely the winner hike for the weekend.
Wildlife, water galore and perfect intermittent cloud cover with a cool summer breeze made Sunday the day to be outside.

I dropped in near the headwaters of Turkey Creek and in the base of what I assumed was a seldom traveled portion of the canyon but sure enough there was some very fresh trash, a open coke, tea and some crackers no more than a few weeks old, certainly uncommon for this area.

Other than that it was pure isolation and beauty the remainder of the day enjoying quite possibly some of the easiest and relaxing off trail hiking in the state.

This is basically dog heaven with endless amounts of animal bits to snack on, easy terrain and plenty of water to drink and play in.

Made a nice enjoyable loop with Open Draw and that is where I saw the most elk of the day and a very scenic place with aspens and maples for days.

Great day to be outside!
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Plenty of water with light flow in some areas and large pools 5 feet deep or more in some spots.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Rattlesnake Beaver Turkey, AZ 
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Hiking12.08 Miles 1,425 AEG
Hiking12.08 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   2.58 mph
1,425 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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I love this area more and more every time we explore it. We parked at the bottom of FR415 and dropped into the little canyon north of Rattlesnake Ridge. Its a little thick in parts but opens up into nice areas with lots of water. We took it all the way to Beaver Park and took Beaver Canyon north a while until we found a good spot to climb up to Turkey-Beaver Ridge. We headed cross country and utilized some of the old roads and finally dropped down into Turkey Creek. We headed south a bit and found a spot to climb back up the ridge. We headed back over towards Beaver Canyon and dropped back in near the power lines. From there, Chumley and 9L took the canyon just south of Rattlesnake Ridge for a bit and then bushwacked up to 415. I opted to take 415 the whole way. 415 drops into Beaver Park and I wanted to scout the condition of the road for possible future camping spots. I met back up with Chumley and 9L on the way back to the car. Lily and BrunoP had a great time with all the water but were ready for some napping on the drive home. Lily has been having some health problems lately which seem to be improving-- it was nice to see her having some fun.
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Rattlesnake Beever Terkey, AZ 
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Hiking11.27 Miles 1,367 AEG
Hiking11.27 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   2.39 mph
1,367 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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I was looking for something around 10 miles and not too warm. Water was a bonus. This area always intrigues.

I mapped a route that accessed the Wildlife Area from a different route ... in the canyons on either side of Rattlesnake Ridge. Turns out we decided to hit the road on the ridge on the return instead of staying in the drainage.

Didn't see any bears or coyotes today (as we did last fall), but did see a couple of huge turkey feathers and also managed to sneak up on a nice herd of elk, managing to split them into different directions, including at least one big buck.

Speaking of big bucks, we found one that a lion had gotten to relatively recently. I'd guess it was in the fall, with winter preserving the remains. Nice 11-point buck at one time. A pretty healthy guy based on my inexperienced knowledge of dental records!

The aspens had mostly sprouted, but the oaks had not. And the grass was mostly still winter dormant, though it won't take more than a couple of weeks before it has fully greened up.

Thanks to Kyle for driving. I can't remember the last time I was a passenger! :sweat:
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Water almost the whole way. Still some snow drifts too.
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The Turkey Beaver Gentry, AZ 
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Hiking10.41 Miles 1,590 AEG
Hiking10.41 Miles   5 Hrs   27 Mns   2.43 mph
1,590 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
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Chumley put together a great off-trail loop with the purpose of seeing some nice fall colors up on the Mogollon Rim. This bounced us up and around between nice draws, old road bed, and cross country travel. We definitely saw some patches of great color-- unfortunately I left my camera in the car. It was a particularly great wildlife day-- elk hollering at us all day, a couple coyote, and two bear encounters (one alone and a mama with cubs). Lily likes wildlife :D
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