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Aug 30 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking14.90 Miles 2,850 AEG
Hiking14.90 Miles   7 Hrs   22 Mns   2.68 mph
2,850 ft AEG   1 Hour   49 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I made my first ever trip to the Pine Trail Head, and I am glad that I did -- I really enjoyed this hike, particularly the first half of it. In fact, this might be my favorite Rim Country hike.

We did the loop clockwise, which would be the best way to do it. The Pine Canyon Trail #26 was a delightful trail to hike on. I also enjoyed hiking on the East Rim trail, although it was very steep -- you gain about 1,000 feet in a mile, and in the first 0.6 miles of the trail you gain about 800 feet. The views are great on the trail, and you get to do some rock scrambling on the upper part of this trail. The trail ends up on Milk Ridge Point, and we made an off trail jaunt for about a mile to a forest road. I enjoyed the off trail portion quite a bit -- I'd recommend taking a GPS track for this portion of the hike.

After hiking on a couple of forest roads, we took the Donohue Trail down off of Milk Ridge until we came to the Highline Trail, and then went of the Highline Trail back to the trail head.

I didn't see much in the way of wildlife -- a rabbit, some squirrels, and some bluejays. At the top of the East Rim Trail I heard a turkey gobbling, but I did not see it. There were a few cows that I saw while going off trail on Milk Ridge Point.
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Jul 29 2017
BiFrost
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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BiFrost
Hiking14.35 Miles 2,941 AEG
Hiking14.35 Miles   7 Hrs   4 Mns   2.17 mph
2,941 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
Hike for the day was Pine Canyon Donahue Loop. We have done this one in the past but not since the reroute section of both Pine Canyon Trail and the Arizona Trail. Starting from Pine TH we headed up Pine Canyon Trail. Fairly near the start the new trail section kicks in and has some really nice trail construction. Several wide switchbacks even out the steepness of the grade but it did add some mileage. We took Pine Canyon Trail to the East Rim Trail turnoff which unlike Pine Canyon has not had any maintenance. However, the trail is a fun climb despite gaining over 1000 feet in 0.6 miles. Cool rocks and great views of Pine Canyon and the rim make this the highlight of the trail.

Once on top we stopped for lunch break. After that it was across Milk Ranch Point and over to the Donohue Trail which drops off the rim. As the trail drops I was curious to see where it intersected with the AZT because I knew that this section was also rerouted. The new trail junction ended up being about 200 feet AEG above and maybe ¼ above from the old junction. From the junction, it was super highway with some really large switchbacks that again probably added some mileage from the old alignment but very nice trail. From there it was an easy stroll back to the trailhead.
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Jul 29 2017
slowandsteady
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 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
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slowandsteady
Hiking14.35 Miles 2,941 AEG
Hiking14.35 Miles   7 Hrs   4 Mns   2.17 mph
2,941 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
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May 21 2017
JuanJaimeiii
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53 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking13.99 Miles 2,694 AEG
Hiking13.99 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   3.22 mph
2,694 ft AEG
 
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Headed up to Payson to enjoy the cooler weather today. The re-route on the Pine Canyon Trail is now 100% complete and it is like a Super Highway. Then comes the East Rim trail that is still steep as ever. Up top could certainly use some trail work and then the Donahue is in it's typical good shape. This one is always an enjoyable hike for me.
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Sep 03 2016
JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking13.49 Miles 2,709 AEG
Hiking13.49 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   3.01 mph
2,709 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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A beautiful day up in the Rim Country. It took an hour longer than normal to get to Payson with all the Holiday traffic but other than that it was a picture perfect day up there.
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Jun 19 2016
JuanJaimeiii
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Payson, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking13.48 Miles 2,657 AEG
Hiking13.48 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   3.15 mph
2,657 ft AEG
 
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Decided to head up to Payson to get out of the heat. Good thing I did too because it was only 106 up there. :lol: Even on top of the rim my Fenix displayed 100 degrees. :o

This is always a fun hike and today was no exception. Heading out on Pine Canyon I noticed the exceptional condition of the trail. I also noticed that work and re-routing is still in the works. Then I came across the crew that is doing the trail work. They were on lunch break so as I passed by I thanked them for there efforts. They said they work with the Conservation Corps otherwise known as ACE (American Conservation Experience). To them I say Bravo! :app:

Then on up that crazy East Rim Trail and across the top. I wish they were doing trail work up there. If doing this loop you will find that the GPS is your friend up there. The trail exists but fades in and out as I am sure it sees little traffic between the top of East Rim and the road. Coming down Donahue was easy breezy and then I hit the newly re-routed Highline. All of this added about a mile and a half to the previous hike but trail conditions are fantastic. Minus the brief stint up top of course.

I imagine I will be doing this one again before years end. I like it that much!
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Jul 02 2015
The_N
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 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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The_N
Hiking12.15 Miles 2,870 AEG
Hiking12.15 Miles   5 Hrs   3 Mns   2.67 mph
2,870 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Decided to give this loop a try after seeing a couple recent triplogs for it. Spoke briefly with a local at Pine TH who mentioned plans to re-route Donahue to accommodate mountain bikers, but who knows? Once on the trail I immediately crossed paths with a couple deer less than a half mile in. I was looking forward to busting it up East Rim trail only to discover I was sharing the trail with a girls youth group over a hundred strong who where heading down from an out & back up East Rim. Needless to say, my pace was slowed to a crawl, at best, with frequent stops to let them pass. I can't complain though, they were a surprisingly quiet and well-behaved bunch (or just tired) and the adults were friendly and chatty. Overall, I found East Rim Trail enjoyable, especially near the top. Because of the delay, I opted out of a nutrition break and scarfed down a sandwich while walking along the FR before Milk Ranch Rd, where I spooked a group of 4 turkeys. Then it was on to Donahue Trail and it was my first time hiking down this section. Great hike all around. Lots of sunshine & 85 degrees when I arrived back at the TH a couple shades darker than when I left.
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Dripping Springs

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Jun 18 2015
rayhuston
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 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 18 2015
rayhuston
Hiking11.77 Miles 2,661 AEG
Hiking11.77 Miles   5 Hrs   48 Mns   2.43 mph
2,661 ft AEG      57 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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I was hoping to beat the heat, but I'm not sure this qualifies. It was 90 at the trailhead when I finished, 97 in Payson when I stopped for lunch. I knew it was going to be warm, so I slowed the pace and drank a lot of water. This turned out to be a very fun hike in spite of a warm sun.

I saw an abandoned fawn at Dripping Spring. Leaving the fawn bothered me, but there was nothing I could do for it. Later, I saw an adolescent bear on Milk Ranch Rd. I was leaving a camp site I just checked out when I stepped back onto the road. As I looked ahead, the bear emerged from the pines onto Milk Ranch road about 50 yards away, heading towards me. It was beautiful, it's coat shining in the bright sun. I paused, wondering how this was going to shake out. I didn't have to wait long, as the bear dashed back into the woods as soon as it saw me. I waited a minute, wanting to make sure the young bear's momma didn't come charging out. Nothing, so I continued on.

The hike itself was very enjoyable. The Pine Canyon trail is beautiful. I thought momentarily about skipping the loop and staying on this trail for awhile longer, then return the way I came. But I stayed the course. The trek up the East Rim trail is steep. The last section is a fun rock scramble. As noted in other trip logs, a GPS track (or map and compass) is helpful to get through the off trail section from the East Rim trail to FR9283L. I didn't mind hiking on the forest roads. Plenty of pines all around, so I just pretended it was an extra wide trail.

The descent on Donahue provides excellent views, but watch your step; the trail is pretty rocky. I tripped up a few times trying to take in the views. I was happy to see Highline. I knew the rest of the journey would be on good trail under the cover of pine. By now it was not just warm, but getting hot. I consumed most of the three liters of water I brought plus a 20oz bottle of Gatorade.

Good hike!
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Jun 14 2015
JuanJaimeiii
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 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking11.33 Miles 2,664 AEG
Hiking11.33 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   2.96 mph
2,664 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Decided it was time to get out of the oven. I forgot how much I love the Rim Country! Got a nice little sprinkle while hiking up top. East Rim trail is always a treat! I think it goes up a thousand feet in less than 3/4 of a mile. Good stuff.
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JuanJaimeiii
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking11.31 Miles 2,480 AEG
Hiking11.31 Miles   4 Hrs   1 Min   2.85 mph
2,480 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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I showed a couple homes this morning to one of my real estate clients. Nothing clicked so I booked it up to Payson. I was thinking of doing the Horton-Derrick Loop at first but I switched gears and headed for the Pine Trailhead.

It was this or the Pine Canyon Geronimo Loop. I opted for the shorter one and went to La Sierra afterwards for some yummy Mexican food.

Dark clouds and sporadic thunder accompanied me on the second half of the hike. It was a perfect day to be on the trail up there.
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Sep 01 2014
BiFrost
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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BiFrost
Hiking11.76 Miles 2,562 AEG
Hiking11.76 Miles   6 Hrs   37 Mns   2.20 mph
2,562 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break
 
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After doing 2 sections of AZT on Saturday and Sunday we headed for Pine to do the Pine Canyon Donahue Loop. Started the hike at the Pine TH heading out on Pine Canyon Trail #26. After 2 days of primo AZT we had to acclimate to what most Arizona trails are like although Pine Canyon Trail is still pretty good. We took this trail for little over 4 miles until it reaches East Rim Trail where the fun begins. This trail is extremely steep and rises 1000 feet in just 0.6 miles according to the triplog. The top half of this trail is what makes it all worth while with some cool scrambling for about the 400 to 500 feet of elevation gain. The views are excellent of Pine Canyon and surrounding area with each sandstone platform providing more climbing fun.

Eventually East Rim trail tops out on Milk Ranch Point where the trail ends. From here we headed off trail over to the high point of Milk Ranch Point (I use that term loosely) for lunch. After lunch we continued off trail to FR 9382L which took us down to the Milk Ranch Point road. This part was definitely the easy part being several miles of road walking. After about 3.5 miles we made to the end of Milk Ranch Point and linked up with the Donahue Trail.

Decent views going down Donahue Trail which was short only 2.6 miles down to where it intersects with Highline Trail. From there we took the Highline trail back to Pine TH to finish out the loop. Nice loop...definitely want to get back and do East Rim Trail again.
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Sep 01 2014
slowandsteady
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 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
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slowandsteady
Hiking11.76 Miles 2,562 AEG
Hiking11.76 Miles   6 Hrs   37 Mns   2.20 mph
2,562 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break
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One cool thing about the AZT, is that as you go along, you see places you want to get back to and explore.
Pine Canyon Trail had a nice steady uphill with a nice stroll in aromatic pines before another uphill in the manzanita.
I had read that East Rim would be pretty steep, so that was expected. I was not mentally prepared for the rock scramble up top. I took my pack off twice and handed it up. And I did require Karl's hand for a pull up on one section. Karl said East Rim was "cooler than he expected" and I replied that it was "scarier than expected." I think I have grown soft on all these AZT hikes. :)
We saw two cars parked as we walked the road and were only passed by one gater. Otherwise it was solitude and views as we headed for Donahue.
The top of Donahue is another nice stroll in the pines and then switchbacks and a good drop down to Highline.
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hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
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hikerdw
Hiking11.77 Miles 2,906 AEG
Hiking11.77 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   2.59 mph
2,906 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break
 
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This was a really fun loop hike and the weather, if you don't mind a little wind, is perfect right now around and on the rim. The East Rim Trail, as described in the hike description, is a steep one but the trail is pretty well defined even without all the markers and the views are fantastic. The short bushwhack across the rim is fairly intuitive however it was nice to have the track loaded in the GPS to make sure we were headed in the right direction. We didn't see anyone else on the trail until we hit Donahue which made the road hike very pleasant. One thing to note, when you hit FR 9385B there is now a trail sign to the right of the road that gets you back on a trail sooner, versus hiking 9385B itself.
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JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking11.77 Miles 2,906 AEG
Hiking11.77 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   3.12 mph
2,906 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Per Ken's suggestion I decided to give this one a try. Loved every bit of it. Some may not enjoy the road walking up on top of the rim but after the climb up East End it was a nice reprieve. I had perfect weather along the way with it being in the low 80's on top of the rim.

Coming in at just under 12 miles and 3000 feet this one went quick. I didn't even get started until 1pm and was back home by about 6:45. I will be doing this one again for sure!
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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topohiker
Hiking26.80 Miles 3,414 AEG
Hiking26.80 Miles   11 Hrs   50 Mns   2.87 mph
3,414 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break
 
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My leg has been feeling better so I did a hike with some elevation. I started out at the Pine TH and took the Pine Canyon trail to where it meets the Beeline on top of the rim. I explored some of the old jeep roads and found nothing of interest. I did find the General Crook trail and followed that up to FR300. I took the General Crook trail a bit down the rim road before I had to backtrack to FR218. I went past the turn for Milk Ranch Point to explore down this rim view road. It rained for about a half hour.

I saw something new on the rim. There was a Waldo's catering van pulling a smoker down the road. I guess you can get 'delivery' on the rim. That's one way to rough it! :sl:

I turned back and headed down the Milk Ranch Point to the Donahue trail. My leg tightened up on the downhill. It took a long time to get to the Highline. I got back to the Jeep by moon light.
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Sep 13 2010
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Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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topohiker
Hiking21.49 Miles 5,687 AEG
Hiking21.49 Miles   9 Hrs   40 Mns   2.22 mph
5,687 ft AEG
 
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I did the East Rim loop with a twist. Instead of taking the West Webber or the Donahue trail down I would take the Turkey trail down and meander around the Geronimo area trails before heading back on the Highline.

I started hiking at 8:30 on the Pine Canyon Trail. I hit the East Rim intersection by 10am. The climb up was challenging as always. I made it up to rim and was not looking forward to the thorn bushes. This time I stayed to the far left (north) as possible with without going down Jack's Canyon. The vegetation was thinner near the canyon and I was able to get though with only a scratch or two. I found a horse trail that helped reduced the exposure to thorn bushes. I soon made it to FR218 and turned left (North). I turned down FR 9381F. The Turkey trail has some fire damage, but it's been cleaned up pretty good. The upper section has some over growth and a little of route finding/tree hopping. The Turkey Spring was bone dry. I decided to go down the East Webber trail. I haven't been in this area in about 3~4 years. I got off on a side trail and wound up at a LDS church/camp site. I got back on the East Webber for a bit until it became 100% sun exposed and decided that I didn't want to hike in the sun at 5,600 feet.

I then decided to hike the East Webber trail to the Milk Ranch trail. Both of these trails are almost 100% shaded. I headed back to the Turkey trail and caught the East Webber. The East Webber has some dead fall and overgrowth, but it's well marked with red ribbons. I made it to the intersection to where I 'though' the Milk Ranch trail came it, but for the life of me I couldn't find it. It was frustrating because I just hiked that trail about a month ago. I wasted about 40 minutes looking and going back and forth. Now it was 3PM and I knew even if I did find it I had about 11~12 miles back to Jeep. I wanted to be back to the TH by 6PM. I decided to bit the bullet and cut across the Milk Ranch point again. I hike up the West Webber to the rim. This would make my second rim climb in one day but, this would cut out a lot of miles. Once on top of the rim, the temps became cool again. I headed down Milk Ranch point to the Donahue trail.

When I hit the FR 9385 junction, there was a hiking sign. The Forest Service extended the Donahue trail to this point. For the first 1/4 mile, the trail was on an old jeep road, and then it turned into a new single track. Then the trail hit FR 9385 right before the original Donahue TH. The Donahue trail was cleaned up all the way to edge of the rim. Then there was overgrowth and minor dead fall. I headed down. When I hit the highline the temps were still warm. As I hit the Pine TH, the temps started to fall. I had a little time left, so I hiked down the Oak TR. I made it back to the jeep by 6:10.
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Oct 02 2009
gpsjoe
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 Mesa, AZ
Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
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gpsjoe
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,566 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.24 mph
2,566 ft AEG
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I was intrigued by the idea of hiking up to the rim from the Pine Canyon trail which I have not done before and this was an adventure. That piece was extremely steep sometimes at a 45 percent grade. There is some rock climbing near the top but not too difficult. I followed topohiker's most excellent track that I had loaded on my GPS. Going up the East Rim trail you must follow the pink streamers. On top GPS is highly recommended since this is off trail and it is not difficult to become disoriented.
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topohiker
Hiking15.13 Miles 3,480 AEG
Hiking15.13 Miles   9 Hrs   50 Mns   1.54 mph
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We started the hike with a cool overcast a dark set of clouds to the north. The Pine Creek trail has had some major trail work done. The trail is now free of any downfall for the first four miles. We made it to the East Rim intersection and started the massive climb. At the end of the East Rim trail we decided follow the ribbons to Johnson canyon, then to a un-numbered forest road that Grasshopper found on a topo map. We found Johnson canyon but, we didn't find the Grasshoppers road. We did run across the forest road that took us to Milk Road. We got some rain, but it felt good. WE hiked to the Donahue trail, then down to the Highline. I hiked a mile and half towards the Geronimo trailhead.
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Sep 05 2009
Grasshopper
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
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Grasshopper
Hiking11.50 Miles 2,723 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   8 Hrs   5 Mns   1.42 mph
2,723 ft AEG
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I've always had a special attraction to hiking below and up to the Mogollon Rim from the Pine, AZ, area trailheads. On numerous occasions I have much enjoyed hiking in from the Geronimo TH which offers great trail access via the Geronimo Tr, Highline Tr, Milk Point Tr(un-official), East Webber Tr, West Webber Tr, Turkey Creek Trail, and the Donahue Trail. Many of these trails, all documented here on HAZ, offer very enjoyable day hiking loops below and/or up to the RIM and back.

Recently documented via this new "Pine Canyon/Donahue Loop" hike, topohiker has now exposed another interesting way to access the Mogollon Rim and all these above referenced trails via the Pine TH by starting on the Pine Canyon TR#26 to the "un-official" East Rim Trail then up to the RIM at 7502ft. This new trail loop option is by no means recommended for a beginner hiker, but if you qualify via topohiker's HAZ hike description with good route finding ability (HAZ downloaded GPS Route recommended), enjoy boulder scrambling, and hiking in this area of our Mogollon Rim, then you should consider hiking this one!

With little exercise for the previous twenty-nine days, I had this great vision of me hiking this one to also include the "Turkey 217/West Webber 228 Loop" :lol: . I thought I had done some good planning via downloading both HAZ GPS Routes and analysis of the HAZ MyTOPO detail to obtain additional FR info for the needed bushwhack (see pic#16) from the top end of the East Rim Tr to Milk Point Ranch Rd(F218), but it just did not work out as planned.. this FR9388N we needed to access to cut-off some mileage to the Turkey Creek TH I could not locate and of course being out of shape my body was not up for adding another 4.5mls of hiking plus a lot more AEG. Physically I guess that I'm just going to have to accept the fact that I can't just hit the road running like I use to be able to do at age thirty ;) .

Following this hike description, downloading and paying close attention to topohiker's posted HAZ GPS Route should help assure the qualified hiker an enjoyable hiking adventure as it did for me.

I have posted my attached pic set for this loop hike to concentrate on documenting (with my pic captions) the most difficult/confusing part of this hike- from the lower end TH Start of the East Rim Trail to the upper end TH Start of the Donahue TR#27.
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Aug 08 2009
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Pine Canyon / Donahue loopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2009
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Hiking11.80 Miles 2,566 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   6 Hrs      1.97 mph
2,566 ft AEG
 
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The temps were below nornal in the valley, so we decided to hike a little closer to home. The temps were nice to a bit warm. The highline trail has been re-routed a bit near the Pine TH. We got done hiking at 3:50, so we decided to to another hike. See my Oak Creek trail triplog for part II
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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