Drew Canyon Trail #291

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Drew Canyon Trail #291

Hike + Ride Trail

Drew Canyon Trail #291

by: Honza
Location:  Payson, AZ          Longitude:  -110.9803    Latitude:  34.3388
This old pioneer trail built prior to 1909, starts high in the ponderosa pine, firs, and bracken fern. It originates at the Crook Trail, crosses the Rim camping area/dirt road and drops off of the Rim.
Features and Interests:   Open field on one end and amazing Rim views on the other!
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
  Broomrape  Broomrape
We actually discovered this trail in our campground. The directions above are to the most accessible part/trailhead and is actually near the half-way point in the trail.

If you take the flat part of the trail and continue into the ponderosa pine and bracken fern forest (away from the Rim) you will meet up with the Crook Trail. At this junction, you will also see a nice open field (pictured above) which would be ideal for watching animals at dusk!

If you take the other direction, crossing the Hole-in-Ground gravel pit road, it will drop off of the Rim. The trail down the Rim winds its way through pinyon pine, juniper, manzanita, buckbrush, and beargrass and offers dramatic views off of the Rim. This end of the trail will meet up with the Highline Trail and eventually lead to Christopher Creek.
Trail Distance:  3.8 miles round-trip
Elevation:  6760ft - 7600ft   (change 840ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Moderate - requires some endurance, elevation changes
How Crowded:  Solitude
Season:  March to October
Accomodations: (on site)   CampingFrom Payson, take the State Highway 260 to Forest Road 300; follow Forest Road 300 for 5.4 miles to Forest Road 9350 (this turn off is 2 miles from the start of the dirt road on your left). Turn south on 9350 and travel one mile and look for the trail sign on your right.Good dirt road, off-road vehicle not needed.
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