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Aug 10 2019
The_Eagle
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Turkey Beaver Loop, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking14.22 Miles 1,493 AEG
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1,493 ft AEG      35 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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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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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

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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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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Aug 10 2019
joebartels
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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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Beaver Park
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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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Jul 19 2019
kingsnake
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Beaver Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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Hiking11.51 Miles 752 AEG
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Slowly, but surely, I am working my way through the canyons on the Mogollon Rim.

At the end of May, I hiked Box Canyon [ photoset ] , near General Springs Canyon. Today, I decided to skip east twelve miles to hike Beaver Canyon, which is between Knoll Lake and Bear Lake.

The topo shows FR 92 as gated, but I swear I read on Haz somewhere that it was open. (Maybe for a Camp Grasshopper?) Not only are motor vehicles banned on FR 92, but apparently all along Turkey Beaver Ridge — that is its name — and in Beaver Canyon. Instead I found a nice viewing spot off Rim Rd., but with a great view of the Mogollon Rim and points south. So, I parked there. (See the attached GPS route.)

I walked east a few hundred yards on Rim Rd. I saw a jeep trail on the north side of Rim Rd., that I thought was FR 92D, but is one of many unnumbered jeep trails that are not even noted on the topo map. From the anonymous jeep trail, I soon down a steep, debris strewn slope, to Beaver Canyon. I hit the canyon bottom a ¼ mile from Rim Rd.

The second corral is where it struck me that the corrals seemed intended to protect the riparian / creek area. Not that the broken down gates & half-collapsed fences were doing much good.

The Beaver Park powerline clearance is unfortunate, but necessary, to reduce the chance of wildfire as those powerlines were buzzing. (Crossing back under the powerlines on FR 92, later, I was so close I would have been worried about The Boys had I not already had my children.) The best part of Beaver Park was finding some elk antlers, that I carried the next 8+ miles. 💪

Down canyon from the third corral, there were some decent pools of water, but no flow.

in the woods at the tip of Rattlesnake Ridge, I spotted the wreck of the Dodge pickup. One of the Haz routes show two wrecks, but I could not find the second. (Back at home, after an hour of google image searching, I ID’d the pickup as a 1949/50 Dodge B-Series, based on the arrangement of its grill and headlights.)

Crossing the prairie just north of Rattlesnake Ridge, I found an elk skull, which I stuck on a nearby post as warning to any nearby predators. (Or my enemies.) 😈

After taking a lunch break at Turkey Crossing, it was 12:30 p.m. If I went further, all the way to Turkey Creek, I would be on the trail probably another four hours. Instead, I decided to take advantage of the presence of FR 92, and hike that out of Beaver Canyon.

I did not see any bears along FR 92, but twice I encountered elk: First a herd of eight females, and later a single large antlerless elk. Judging by the size a male, but I’m not an elkologist. I also saw a coyote that was so large, I at first thought it was a wolf. (Twenty years ago, Mexican Grey Wolves were introduced to the Mogollon Rim; surely they can’t still be around?) Either way, I kept my head on a swivel for the rest of my hike.

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Beaver Park Turkey Crossing
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What few flowers there were were mostly either yellow coneflower or lupine. I did spot one yellow columbine and a few western yarrow.

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Some small pools, but no discernable flow, below Beaver Park.
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May 19 2019
chumley
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Beaver Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
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chumley
Hiking9.72 Miles 830 AEG
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After a fun night of camping, we met up with Kyle over on Rattlesnake Ridge and headed down Beaver Creek. I spotted 8 elk and 2 deer on the day. After seeing plenty of prints, we finally ran into the biggest black bear I've seen this side of Yosemite. Of course I didn't have a better camera with me, and this one decided to stick around and watch us curiously instead of running away. Oh well. Woulda been nice to have some better pictures, but whatevs.

We turned around at the crossing and headed back the way we came with plans to meet up with fotg and blanco. We hiked together the last few miles back to the trucks. It was 48 degrees when we drove away, with a few inches of snow expected by tomorrow. Last year at this time the forest was going into fire lockdown. It's nice to see it this way at the end of May.

dry Beaver Canyon - Upper Dry Dry
Dry coming into the main canyon, but plenty of water in Beaver.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Rattlesnake Creek - Knoll Lake Topo Light flow Light flow
Plenty of light flow and pools the whole way
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Oct 27 2018
Tough_Boots
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Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet AreaPayson, AZ
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Tough_Boots
Hiking13.54 Miles 1,263 AEG
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Great day with my girlfriend and the dog. We were hoping for some remaining fall color. The aspens are still popping with yellow but the rest is done. Lots of water-- Beaver Creek is flowing like early spring.
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Oct 20 2018
The_Eagle
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The_Eagle
Hiking17.77 Miles 3,069 AEG
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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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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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 12 2018
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 Chandler, AZ
Turkey Beaver colors, AZ 
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OdinWiski
Backpack12.11 Miles 2,456 AEG
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Weekend hunt for colors. We parked off of 92 and started our hike into the wildlife area Friday late morning. Weather was perfect at pleasant 47 degrees. We started hitting colors quickly and also saw a mama bear and her cub darting away, a cow elk running away, and a bull elk running across 30 yards in front of us. I think I need to learn to hike with phone in hand ready for pics. Bear signs were overwhelming in this area. We wandered our way south, east, then north toward Beaver Canyon, where we set up camp. Evening and night were quiet and peaceful by the babbling creek with a crescent moon and a ton of stars.

Saturday we had a lazy late morning start. Climbed back up from Beaver Canyon and continued making our way a bit north and then looping back west and south. It started sprinkling on us on and off around 11am, but nothing too unpleasant. Saw another elk, 3 mule deer, and a cub (but didn't see its mother). We didn't see another person the entire time for the two days. By the time we were driving out at 1pm, parts of the Rim Road were covered in heavy fog and light drizzles and visibility was no more than 20 yards. Probably lots of rain for the rest of Saturday, but we were enjoying Mexican at La Sierra before heading back to the valley.

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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.
[ youtube video ]

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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Tonto Creek - Mogollon Rim
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Tonto Creek - Mogollon Rim Medium flow Medium flow

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

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May 26 2018
Tough_Boots
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Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet AreaPayson, AZ
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Tough_Boots
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Great hike with the dog and a friend. We walked 92 to the end of the ridge and dropped into Beaver Canyon. We took Beaver until it started to tighten up and then bushwacked back up to 92

Much less traffic on 300 than expected.
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Oct 21 2017
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Beaversnake, AZ 
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Tough_Boots
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Didn't see too much new territory but spent a pleasant day in one of my favorite quiet areas. I took a couple dog park buddies and their corresponding dogs along for the day. I was hoping the road that splits from 415 just north of 300 would take us all the way to where I wanted to drop into the north east canyon from but that sucker gets swallowed up almost immediately. I ended up driving about halfway up 415 and parking. Then we just hiked cross-country to the drop-in spot. We hiked to canyon bottom to Beaver Canyon and then basically across and up to Beaver Turkey Ridge. From there we hiked the road that hugs the high perimeter until we came back down to Turkey Crossing. I was surprised that this road is followable the entire way as 92 (which was the major ridge road) is not. We then hiked back south through Beaver Canyon until we hit 415 and walked Rattlesnake Ridge back to the car. It was a nice day and the dogs had a great time fighting over elk bones and other delicious finds. There's a few aspens still giving a show but the days of amazing fall color are long gone. Hopefully this will be my last trip on 300 this year. I'm ready for some desert time.
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Oct 14 2017
joebartels
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Hiking17.77 Miles 3,435 AEG
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Headed up to See Spring first. Little to no color, maybe in a week.

Midway up See Canyon is currently the best display of foliage color. Colour in the upper stretch too.

Headed up to Bear Canyon Lake. I love this little lake. As mentioned in the description there is no maintained trail on the east. The footing was too slippery in pine needles slanting to the lake to be safe for my current balance. We just went up to the first road. Campers galore along the road and with good reason as it's a great forest area.

Over the dam and onto the designated trail. Immediately knew parking was near based on all the non hikers fishing and roaming.

We looped over to Beaver Canyon for a bit then out a tributary. Our canyon getting to Beaver showed a red carpet of Autumn past. Beaver was scenic. The tributary we took out wasn't exciting and thankfully Bruce agreed to climb out.

Back down See Canyon was a good color show. Fab Autumn temps all day. 1.7 liters water/gatorade was plenty in the fanny pack. Beginning to wonder if half the Camelbak water is for the back sweat it creates!
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Nappa Spring
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Midway up See Canyon. Lower See has not turned yet, maybe next week. Above the rim on our loop was over for maples, just scattered Aspen looking mighty yella
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See Bear Beaver, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking18.37 Miles 3,502 AEG
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Three goals on the day.

Color, I wanted to see the autumnal pallet.
Bear Canyon Lake, never been, wanted to see it.
Search a Beaver side canyon for color

See Spring Trail - The color is starting. The next two weeks should be prime.

See Canyon Trail - light to moderate until you hit the half way point. The trees are in their prime all the way to the top from here.

At the top, we saw our first evidence of the logging/thinning going on up here.

We took FR208 to the south TH of Bear Canyon Lake and dropped to the lake.
We decided to do a CCW track around the east side, following use trails. The trail got a bit thin and the side hill slope got a bit bothersome after a while, and Billy Goat Joe just needed to go uphill. We skedaddled up to the nearest FR and made our way to the dam.

Plenty of campers on this road, as this is the easiest access to the lake. The road takes you right to the dam.

I was hoping to see some fall color around the lake, but saw nothing but conifers. This is a scenic lake that I'll need to come back to.

We headed westish out of the lake to sample some Beaver Canyon. Spotty color, with the majority of it on the ground on the way there. It's easy going in Beaver Canyon. I'm curious how it got its name.

From here we headed over to a side canyon north of Rattlesnake Ridge looking for color. After striking out for 3/4 of a mile. Joey Goat felt the need to climb out.

We TH'ered the Forest Roads back to See Canyon, to enjoy the colors back down to the truck.

Absolutely perfect temps all day long.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Light, lower on See Canyon Trail.
Substantial, starting half way up.
Spotty, on top of the rim.

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Plenty of water all around this area

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Ole reliable
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Turkey Beaver fall colors tour, AZ 
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This is the second year in a row we did a bit of a fall color tour in the Turkey Beaver Wildlife Area. This is probably be prime over the next few weeks but we still got some good stuff this early. The big bonus today was all the elk we saw and heard-- they bugled all day long. We car camped on Rattlesnake Ridge Saturday night with a good group.
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Sep 30 2017
chumley
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A Turkey Beaver Fall, AZ 
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chumley
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This is now an annual go-to for fall foliage for me. I got info that the colors on the rim were nearing prime so I decided to head up and check it out. A few friends showed up and we made a full camping weekend out of it. I thought Oct 1st was a little early, but it was great last year the same weekend. It was definitely a little bit early, but still a ton of beautiful color. I would guess that the next two weekends will be great too. There's still plenty of green out there waiting to turn, and the leaf litter will be better in the coming weeks.

We saw at least 30 elk including 6 or 7 huge bulls. They were everywhere and startled us a few times by running quite close while attempting to get away from us. Definitely the non-foliage highlight of the day.

We hit some of the best spots from last year, and I mapped a few new color groves that were nice to visit too. Almost every draw in here is a colorful maple wonderland.
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 Payson, AZ
Beaver Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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The_N
Hiking6.00 Miles 700 AEG
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Parked off Rim Rd at the end of Rattlesnake Ridge and followed the drainage just west of the ridge. There is a really nice game trail, choked with deadfall at times. Lots of green and tall ferns everywhere. Interesting with a dog, but Rosie handled it well. Well placed pools along the way kept her cool and happy. Quite a bone yard back there. It was a relief to reach the openness of Beaver Park. We turned to the west and followed Beaver Canyon back up to Rim Rd. Again, well timed water holes kept Rosie cool along the way. Tons of bees and butterflies swarming at the wet spots in the canyon. Not as many trees to hop over on the way out. We spooked 2 coyotes right before the final climb, then walked Rim Rd / Gen Crook back to the vehcile. Only saw 1 car the entire time, which I found odd for July 4th. Drove straight to Knoll for a quick kayak / swim.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Beaver Canyon Loop, AZ 
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Tough_Boots
Hiking10.49 Miles 719 AEG
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Took a nice leisurely hike with Lily and a friend. We started on the ridge and took the old FR92 (closed to vehicles)all the way to Turkey Crossing and then headed back through Beaver Canyon. I've never stuck on 92 the entire way and was surprised at how difficult to follow it is for stretches and then out of nowhere you're on a full blown road again. The temperatures turned out much nicer than expected. It was overcast once the afternoon hit and we got a short and light chilly rain for just a few minutes. Beaver Canyon was beautiful as always. I had expected the fires may have driven more wildlife into this area so I was hopeful to see some animals. We saw a herd of about 30 elk on the ridge. They ran off once they saw us and then we would stumble upon them a couple more times. We finished just in time to watch some weather come in across the rim from the nice viewpoint just west of where we parked.
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May 06 2017
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Rattlesnake Beaver Turkey, AZ 
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Hiking12.08 Miles 1,425 AEG
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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 Beaver Turkey, AZ 
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Hiking11.27 Miles 1,367 AEG
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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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Tough_Boots
Backpack13.50 Miles 1,101 AEG
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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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