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Oct 20 2019
friendofThunde
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Turkey Creek - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking6.41 Miles 650 AEG
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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
Walworthjordyn
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 Phoenix, AZ
Turkey Creek - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, 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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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Turkey Creek - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking12.18 Miles 845 AEG
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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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Pools throughout

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Aug 10 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
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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 Phoenix, AZ
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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May 18 2019
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Turkey Creek - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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chumley
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
chumley
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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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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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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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Rattlesnake Beaver Turkey, AZ 
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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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chumley
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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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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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Turkey Beaver Wander, AZ 
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chumley
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After hearing that the maples on the rim were turning way ahead of normal, I decided it would be fun to go check out some new areas. I put together a crazy track that bounced from one colorful grove to another knowing that the (might-as-well-be-a-wilderness) Turkey Beaver Wildlife Habitat is full of great cross country travel, easy ridges, open draws, and an absolute multitude of old roadbeds from the wayback machine that would make getting around pretty easy.

I'm not sure what to say about the colors. Some are done. Some are prime. Some haven't even considered starting yet. I think next weekend will be great. And the weekend after. It might still be good in three weeks in some places. It's just so very odd based on my past experiences in this area. Nonetheless, there was an abundance of color and it was a great day to wander this non-motorized Wildlife Habitat.

Speaking of wildlife, we managed to see a huge elk buck but I wasn't able to count how many points or get a photo. Next we crested a ridge and spooked a BIG black bear. Not too much later, we encountered three more bears (a mom and two cubs) who scurried up the opposite hill from us. Not three minutes later we saw three bears AGAIN -- a mom and two cubs. Were they the same we had just seen? I can't imagine there are two moms each with two sets of cubs in such close proximity! Then again, what kind of bear with two cubs who runs from five people and a dog drops back down into a draw just 1/4 mile away? I gotta believe they were the same, but still seems odd to me. (Not to mention they were meandering up the hill when we last saw them, but would have had to run at a pretty good clip to be where we saw them next. They are certainly capable of that kind of travel, but it doesn't fit with what we saw of them as they scurried away).

So, anyway, next we saw two coyotes in the draw, with at least a half dozen huge turkey vultures above. Something smelled bad so I assume they were all feasting on a carcass of something nearby.

I asked some hunters what the season was, and was told it's turkey and squirrel. We didn't see any turkey, but there were a lot of squirrel.

Great day up here. I love this area, and I will be back for sure! :y:
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Not sure about flow. Springbox was dry and full of sediment. Plenty of water in muddy pools though.
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Turkey Beaver Wander, AZ 
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Great day looking for fall colors up on the Rim. Still lots of green, but the route Chumley came up with took us through plenty of color as well. Beautiful weather all day too, with a nice mix of sun and clouds. And there was enough wildlife (elk, coyotes, bears) along the way to provide plenty of entertainment.
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Turkey Beavers, AZ 
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Me and a buddy wanted to take the dogs backpacking. Holiday weekend? There's gonna be people everywhere on the rim... except here. We hiked through Beaver Canyon first. The dogs had a blast with all the water and running through the tall grass in Beaver Park. Some elk crashed through the creek and across the canyon at one point. My friend is a mushroom forager and he was in heaven down there-- we had some nice additions for dinner.

We had decided on a longer first day and short second day mostly because of where I thought there would be guaranteed room for camping. Though, if we had wanted a little more even split-- there was a fairly nice space not too far before the two canyons meet. We ended up doing about 9.5 miles and camping along Turkey Creek where the canyon opens up for a while.

We woke up early to the mooing and squeaking of elk and had some breakfast and coffee. We had a short day so we took our time and hoped the dewy tents would dry out a bit-- we were jealous of the sun hitting early on the other side of the creek. In hindsight, that would have been the smarter campsite. We packed up and headed up creek. As the creek closes in, the hiking became a bit tedious. We came across a pretty nice looking elk trail that appeared to make its way to the top of the ridge. I looked at the topo and it seemed like the going would be cake up top. I was right-- once we made it to the top life was quick and easy. There were some scattered aspens up there and some really nice and dense young oak forest. We stayed on top of the ridge and headed towards the powerlines where we would walk the old access road back to 300.

We had pretty good wildlife viewing-- elk in Beaver Canyon and up on the ridge and a fairly large and handsome coyote sprinting across the field in Turkey Creek (luckily unnoticed by both dogs). The Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Habitat Area is a little gem of a spot up on the rim that I plan to continue to explore more.

I was home in central Phoenix at 1:30 :D
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Jun 11 2016
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It was a beautiful day to be up on the rim. This was my second time down in the Turkey Creek Beaver Canyon Wildlife Area. I brought along Lily and a couple of friends. We had a bit of a time crunch so it seemed like a good idea to shortcut the loop a bit by exiting Beaver Canyon at Turkey Crossing instead of going all the way to the convergence. We then went across the ridge and dropped into Turkey Creek. It was a bit more annoying than expected and saved us a little distance but maybe not so much time. It was a good route but a little looser than planned. My friends were troopers but everyone was obviously happy to be down in the creek. We eventually made it to our exit point and everyone was ready to be finished but had really enjoyed the day. I really love this loop and can't believe more people haven't explored it.
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Turkey Creek - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Hiked along Turkey creek this previous Monday on September 28th. Hiked about 5 miles down Turkey Creek Canyon, took a lunch break, and turned around coming back roughly the same way. (wanted to do the loop back up Beaver Canyon? but it was starting to get a little late) The area is absolutely beautiful and we had it all to ourselves. Coming off of Rim road we blazed our own trail down into the canyon but once you get along the creekbed there are tons of game trails and whatnot that make hiking a little easier. Farther down the canyon it seemed to be more and more water. Just some pools and watering holes at first but gradually there was some nice long stretches of running water. Tons of signs of wildlife all over the place (including atleast 3-4 deer and elk carcasses scattered all over the place :o ) Besides that saw 1 snake and at least 100 squirrels. ( I kid you not) Definitely a place we want to come back to. I'm new here(to the forum, and the state) btw so bear with me on that attempt at a triplog..... Thank you chumley for sharing this great place online.
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Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet AreaPayson, AZ
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This was a real treat. No other way to put it. Turkey Creek is great from the top down for the first 4-5 miles before turning a bit dry and rocky. But once you turn south in Beaver Canyon it is nothing but joy.

We got rained on for a few hours, but it was generally light. Twice I put on my rain jacket for 10-15 minutes, but otherwise it was nice to enjoy the rain without it. Thunder rumbled all afternoon, but only two strikes were under a mile so there wasn't ever much anxiety.

By descending Turkey Creek and returning via Beaver Canyon, we followed the circumference of the Beaver-Turkey Wildlife area, established in 1985. The establishment of this area closed FR92, which we crossed at Turkey Crossing. This was once a "major" forest road, and 30 years of no use has reclaimed it somewhat.

Beaver Park is bisected by 115kV power lines but they are surprisingly unobtrusive. The upper end of Beaver Canyon has an exclosure area, but it hasn't been maintained in many years and the fencing is down in several areas.

We spooked a single elk that was probably trying to hide from us until we got too close and it finally decided to bail. It was less than 50 feet from us before we saw it, and it was a new experience for me to be hiking with two dogs who made no attempt to chase it! :whistle:

Good trip. I'd like to check this area out some more. Thanks for driving 9L. I know that dirt and dog hair are not things that your Jeep enjoys. :)
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Dry at point marked on map, but plenty of pools upstream to top of canyon.
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