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Oct 19 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Highline Trail #31Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.21 Miles 556 AEG
Hiking4.21 Miles   1 Hour   44 Mns   2.53 mph
556 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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My plan was to start at See Canyon parking area and go two miles east on the Highline trail and back. There is a Maple area there and I was looking for reds. A quarter mile into my hike and I see my first Red. It's Dallin and his partner (Kate) I believe :D ! Talked for a few minutes and they headed west. They started at 260 trailhead and were doing the whole Highline Trail :o :app: . The Maples were not in their prime but there was still some nice color mixtures. Turned around at my two mile mark and wandered around the parking area when I got back to see a few more colors. :y:
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Oct 12 2019
Walworthjordyn
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25 female
 Joined Nov 26 2018
 Phoenix, AZ
Turkey Creek - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2019
Walworthjordyn
Hiking13.03 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking13.03 Miles   5 Hrs   12 Mns   2.51 mph
2,800 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Oct 09 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Highline-Horton-Beaver-Babe, AZ 
Highline-Horton-Beaver-Babe, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.40 Miles 2,908 AEG
Hiking13.40 Miles   6 Hrs   56 Mns   2.44 mph
2,908 ft AEG   1 Hour   27 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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 14 2019
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Horton Promontory Rim Loop, AZ 
Horton Promontory Rim Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
chumley
Hiking9.46 Miles 2,011 AEG
Hiking9.46 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   2.64 mph
2,011 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
1st trip
Checked off a couple of all-time uniques.

292 is steep. A few spots of deadfall and one section in particular where there are many user/wildlife-created switchbacks that deviate from the tread.

3 small groups at the spring.

Highline was nice. I forgot how thick and lush some of the drainages down here are. It was farther to get across to 278 than I thought it would be.

278 was nicer than I had been told. Steep for sure, but it's over quickly. Some nice views along the way too.

76 has been closed to vehicles for a year or more. The FS has redone all the roads on the butte in preparation for 4FRI. Hopefully they can get through it next spring and get the road open again. Then again, it was pleasant walking out there knowing there was nobody else around.

The rain came before I got back to Crook. It didn't last too long, but I had to get all geared up. Actually turned out to be nice since it knocked down all the dust on the 300 which made much nicer conditions to complete the loop.
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Promontory Butte
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Sep 14 2019
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Highline Out & Back via 260 TH, AZ 
Highline Out & Back via 260 TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking9.20 Miles 1,171 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   2.40 mph
1,171 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Early start, very pleasant 65°, all alone going out, met groups of 3, 2, 2, 1, 2 and shortly before returning to the TH, a gal on a mountain bike with a goal of 35 miles for the day...
Huh? Starting at 11 am with 50% chance of t-storms after 11 am? Not something I would have planned.
Anyway she said she had cash if she needed to catch a ride back from one of the other TH's along the way west. Horton?

Neither of us took a single picture so it was simply a leisurely day-off hike for Tracey.
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Aug 25 2019
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Drew see loop, AZ 
Drew see loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2019
chumley
Hiking12.83 Miles 2,076 AEG
Hiking12.83 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   2.76 mph
2,076 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
Wavered on options until late last night. This seemed to be a good compromise plan. I'd never taken Drew all the way to the actual Crook instead of cutting through the campground. That part of Crook is really pleasant and a much better option. Ran into a pair surveying the trail to submit it for historic trail status. Did you know the "V" markers don't stand for Verde? They are the roman number 5. Because General Crook led the 5th division or regiment, or whatever it's called. Hiking is educational!
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Aug 24 2019
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
High - Drew - Woods - Vista - Sinkhole Loop, AZ 
High - Drew - Woods - Vista - Sinkhole Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking18.36 Miles 2,434 AEG
Hiking18.36 Miles   8 Hrs   14 Mns   2.45 mph
2,434 ft AEG      45 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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A redo / variation of a loop I've done before.
Starting from the 260 TH going clockwise

Highline Trail #31
Love me some of that super-highway Highline Trail. Temps in the upper 60's, great views, Trees and a breeze.

Drew Trail #291
This is the big climb for the day. Mostly in the trees and steep in a couple spots. 800' of gain in a mile.

Woods Canyon Lake Trail
Once on the Rim, we scoot over to Woods Canyon and follow that to the lake. We followed that CW around the North side of the Lake. Here we ran into a Hazzer Kevin, leading a group of 40 or so Boy Scouts the opposite direction. We stopped an chatted for a bit. Joe's day was made when Kelvin said "I'm not going lie, you made my day, meeting a minor celebrity"

Down the spillway out of Woods Canyon Lake is a pretty area. We hopped out in a side canyon and went cross country.

General Crook Trail #140
This is one of Joe's favorites, so I make it a point to work in into hikes on top of the rim.

Rim Lakes Vista Trail #622
Always great views and few others seen farther that 300' of a parking lot.

Military Sinkhole Trail #179
This one get's you back to the TH. It's an old road for awhile up top, but turns into a trail through the trees.

Good Day, Breezes kept it comfortable.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Woods Canyon Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Aug 24 2019
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
High - Drew - Woods - Vista - Sinkhole Loop, AZ 
High - Drew - Woods - Vista - Sinkhole Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2019
joebartels
Hiking18.36 Miles 2,232 AEG
Hiking18.36 Miles   8 Hrs   10 Mns   2.49 mph
2,232 ft AEG      47 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Started 7:50am at the 260 TH. The hike over to Drew is one of the best stretches on the Highline. We took a mini break at the Drew junction before the only serious elevation on the loop.

FR300 was busy. The hike to the lake is forgettable yet pleasant. Then boom. The half mile on the west side of Woods Canyon Lake is one of the nicer half miles of trail in Arizona. Hiking around the lake on well used trails we passed a group of 30+ scouts. We met and had a quick chat with one of the scout leaders Kevin.

The hike out east of the lake in Woods Canyon low on notable characteristics. Like the Cabin Loop it's easy/pleasant hiking through a forest. Continuing offtrail we find ourselves out of the canyon following chevrons marking the General Crook Trail. This is glance at the gps every three minutes type of pain free offtrail. No bushwhacking.

Iconic views along the Vista trail never disappoint, such a great place to take a break. Then the hike back down to square one on the Military Trail. The tread has a fair shake of ankle busters. Glad it exists and enjoy sections. 1.1 miles to go, Bruce tells the same horrible story about a tree in the ravine every hike.
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Aug 15 2019
LJW
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25 male
 Joined Jun 02 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
Promontory Butte 7,914Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2019
LJW
Hiking22.77 Miles 4,556 AEG
Hiking22.77 Miles   7 Hrs   16 Mns   3.25 mph
4,556 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to combine a trip to Promontory Butte with the Horton-Derrick loop, but decided to make it a little longer in order to see more of the Highline Trail. Started at 5:20am on Horton and took the loop clockwise.

Horton Creek is very pleasant, a nice gradual gain always within earshot of the creek. Went to the spring and headed up Highline. Saw 4 elk, all bucks.

Made it to Promontory and saw it's still a long way to the top despite the 3/4mile distance posted on the sign. The trail has a good amount of deadfall and is pretty well overgrown in spots. Nice views distracted from the toughest part of the hike.

Walked cross country along the rim to Promontory Butte. As is true pretty much everywhere on the rim, nice forest with great views of the Mazatzals. Very quiet apart from the occasional passing plane. From the highpoint I cut through the forest to FR764 and took that to 300. The gate to 764 was closed, so seemingly no one was out on Promontory Butte.

Took See Canyon down. The only people I saw all day were 2 groups at the beginning and end of the trail. Trail's in great shape, those varmint callers do good work.

Once on Highline it started to get warm. It was more exposed than I thought it would be. Not too much shade overall, and the same was true for Derrick. Mid 90s by the time I finished, but it seemed cooler than that.
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Aug 04 2019
trekkin_gecko
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61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2019
trekkin_gecko
Hiking9.25 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.80 mph
1,950 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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i've done horton creek a few times, but never the derrick - horton loop
john kindly agreed to hike it this morning
left town at 0400 and were hiking by 0600
low 60s and cloud cover to start
recent rain made for damp trails and vegetation
easy grade through pine forest on derrick
some ups and down on highline
derrick and most of the highline section were new to me
last time on horton was seven years ago ( :o ) with @cactuscat
wandered around the spring for a few minutes taking photos
stopped at a few scenic creek spots on the way down
saw a couple dozen other hikers after not seeing anyone else until the spring
found my car door hanging open; guess we left it like that :lol: nothing missing, fortunately
enjoyed the loop
nice to get out of phoenix for a hike in the pines with good company :)
had breakfast at the 260 café in payson since we finished too early for the thai restaurant to be open
good times - thanks, john!
using the official stats for now
my track was short and john's was long on mileage

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Horton Creek Medium flow Medium flow
seemed like the regular flow from what i remember

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Aug 04 2019
johnlp
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62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2019
johnlp
Hiking9.25 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.80 mph
1,950 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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trekkin_gecko
Anything JJ can do I can do slower! Nice cool morning. 63 at the trail head and got a little cooler as we first ascended Derrick. Saw very few people until the last couple miles. It pays to get an early start. This hike is growing on me. Always good to hike with the gecko! :)
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Horton Spring
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Jul 27 2019
SMrob
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40 male
 Joined Jul 26 2019
 Tempe, AZ
Highline Trail #31Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2019
SMrob
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.22 mph
      45 Mns Break
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Hiked from Washington Park TH to the Unnamed Fork of Chase Creek. Great views! Crossed Mail Creek and the Easternmost Branch of Chase Creek - both had light water flows. Plenty of shade along the way. Trail was well marked. Unnamed Fork of Chase Creek was flowing strong! Great place to rest and recharge your water.
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Jul 20 2019
Naferg323
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Mogollon Rim Vista LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2019
Naferg323
Hiking12.57 Miles 1,601 AEG
Hiking12.57 Miles   6 Hrs   55 Mns   2.10 mph
1,601 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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Beautiful hike along the rim today with a group of friends. :) I had never hiked this loop before; thought I would get out of the heat down in Phoenix and hike in the Payson area. But it was pretty hot here as well with quite a bit of sun exposure on the last half of the hike. Pretty views from the top, however, made the trip worthwhile. Next time I think I'll wait until cooler weather to attempt this one again. All in all a great day, just too hot. :sweat:
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Jul 20 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Mogollon Rim Vista LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.10 Miles 1,531 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   4 Hrs   51 Mns   3.16 mph
1,531 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
I was looking for a hike that wasn't too far away from the VOS and that was in a cooler area, and this one fit the bill!

The hike begins and ends at the 260 TH, which is right off of Highway 260 and is easy to get to.

This is a fairly easy hike -- the elevation gain is modest for the distance. You get most of the elevation gain out of the way in the first 2 miles of the hike, which goes from the 260 TH up to the Rim on the Military Sinkhole Trail.

I enjoy the portion of the hike that is along the Rim -- there are several lookouts that have really nice views to the south. A couple of miles or so are some easy off-trail hiking.

I saw a deer on the off-trail portion of the hike up on the Rim, and saw an Arizona Black while coming down from the Rim on the Drew Trail. The snake was about 4-5 feet off the trail and was shaking his rattle and was coiled up to strike, as if he was some sort of bada$$. I laughed at him and he eventually slithered away.
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Jul 01 2019
Nemo
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58 male
 Joined Nov 23 2009
 Payson, Az
Rim Vista loop with water stop, AZ 
Rim Vista loop with water stop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2019
Nemo
Hiking12.38 Miles 1,844 AEG
Hiking12.38 Miles   6 Hrs   4 Mns   2.20 mph
1,844 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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this loop incorporates a few trails, Starting from the 260 trailhead, I took 179 up to the top of the rim, then the rim vista trail all the way to Mogollon Campground, at that point, I went cross country to Carr Lake Campground, Drew Trailhead, then down the rim, and back to 260 TH on the highline section there.

The section between Mogollon Campground and Carr Lake Campground could use some mappers!! it's pretty much just wild growth with no trail visible, as a hobby project, folks could get out there and put up cairns so there is a more consistent path. The rest of the loop is easy to follow.

Mogollon campground has good water and restrooms available 4.95 into the loop
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Jun 30 2019
trekkin_gecko
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 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ 
See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2019
trekkin_gecko
Hiking18.20 Miles 2,945 AEG
Hiking18.20 Miles   7 Hrs   3 Mns   2.73 mph
2,945 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
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john and i drove up to camp saturday night near see canyon trailhead
after dinner at the thai restaurant in payson, found a campsite and we both tested out some new gear
nice night with good star viewing and low temps in the 60s - very pleasant
coffee and breakfast while packing up
got going around 0630 up see canyon, with a detour to see spring
i had downloaded two of @dixieflyer's routes, one an out n back to bear canyon lake, and the other for the see canyon - drew loop
we got to the lake and had a snack
had previously kayaked and hiked here with my friend from nebraska, and wanted to see the south access
a scenic destination and a nice spot for a break
went back to rim road and decided to finish the hike with the drew loop option
should have been about 16 miles total, and would have been had i switched routes i was following
took a combination of general crook trail, some logging roads and aspen trail over to carr trailhead, overshooting drew trail and adding probably two miles to the hike
there are several tracks posted showing a much more efficient way to the drew trailhead
on the plus side, aspen trail is very pretty
we also saw about 20 elk crossing in front of us on one of the logging roads
backtracked and headed down drew, which offers some nice views
returned on highline - this section was new to me
a nice combo, which could certainly be done better
we had lunch at the thai place again on the way home
fun weekend! thanks for the camping idea, john and sorry about that extra couple miles :lol:
think i owe you a beer for that
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Jun 30 2019
johnlp
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62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ 
See Canyon - Drew Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2019
johnlp
Hiking18.20 Miles 2,945 AEG
Hiking18.20 Miles   7 Hrs   3 Mns   2.73 mph
2,945 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
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Nice hike up to the rim and Bear Canyon Lake from See Canyon with Kelly. Strawberries are at peak on The See Canyon Trail.The lake is very scenic. Not at all crowded for a June weekend. Aspen Trail is pretty.
The Hike down Drew and along the Highline back to the car was shorter than expected which is always a pleasant surprise at the end of a solid hike. It got warm the last third of the hike but never uncomfortable. Saw a herd of about 20 elk.
Good times. Thanks Kelly! :)
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Jun 22 2019
jamminaz
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52 female
 Joined Apr 15 2016
 Gilbert, AZ
Highline Trail #31Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2019
jamminaz
Hiking9.08 Miles 570 AEG
Hiking9.08 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   2.53 mph
570 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Two Sixty Trailhead to the junction with the Drew trail on the Highline today. Never done this stretch and the temps were perfect. Followed fresh bear tracks most of the way...but no bear sightings. Only other people we saw on this stretch were five different groups of mountain bikers.
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 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Donahue Trail #27Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2019
adenium
Hiking7.86 Miles 1,633 AEG
Hiking7.86 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.55 mph
1,633 ft AEG
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Fun on the trails in Pine. Weather clouded up nicely so it wasn't too hot. Steep climb for decent, but not breathtaking, views.
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Milk Ranch Point Loop, AZ 
Milk Ranch Point Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking17.06 Miles 3,467 AEG
Hiking17.06 Miles   8 Hrs   20 Mns   2.36 mph
3,467 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
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Got started a little after 9:00am and headed up Red Rock Springs trail. The trail is easy enough to follow, but lots of round rocks, which slows travel a bit. Once we reached Highline, we headed east to Geronimo. Surprisingly clear views in all directions, despite the various fires burning around the state. We could just barely see a little smoke from the Coldwater fire, and really none from the Mountain fire. Took a short snack break near the junction with Geronimo, then continued on our way. Just after Camp Geronimo, we ended up on the Boy Scouts Geronimo-West Webber Connector; we started to backtrack, then decided to just stick with that trail since it parallels West Webber anyway. Lots of great maples through this section, and plenty of shade. We reached West Webber just before the steep switchbacks started, and headed up. This part was a bit of a slog for me, but I kept my complaining to a minimum. Once up top, we decided to head out to the edge of Milk Ranch Point before heading down Donahue. We followed one the forest roads out to the eastern-southeastern edge and found some shaded rocks to sit on for lunch. Once there, we could see directly south, and could just barely make out the start of the smoke plume from the Woodbury fire, but we couldn't tell for sure where it was located. After we ate, we headed back over to the Donahue Trail and make our way down off the Rim. Somewhere along here, Jim actually complained about the heat--I was very confused. Once back on Highline, we headed east back towards Red Rock Springs, and back down to the car, finishing up by 5:30. By late afternoon, the smoke from the Coldwater fire had increased noticeably, but all the smoke was headed east. On the drive home, the smoke from the Woodbury fire increased a lot too, and we could finally tell in which part of the Superstitions it was burning. Nice day and loop, with great weather. Saw no other hikers all day, but a few RZRs up top, which was kind of annoying since they don't seem to understand that roads marked closed to motorized vehicles actually includes them too.
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