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See Spring Trail #185

Hiking Trail

See Spring Trail #185

by: Honza
Location:  Payson, AZ          Longitude:  -111.0143    Latitude:  34.3361
A short in and out trail that can be added to your See Canyon Trail hike!
Features and Interests:   Dense forest with ferns and grasses; plentiful spring
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
The See Canyon/Spring trailhead starts just before the parking lot on the right. From the trailhead, following the creek, the trail will take you on a level stroll through the pine forest and smaller prairies with high grass. You will eventually reach a T with the See Canyon trail going to the left and the See Spring off to the right up the hill.

Taking the right up to See Spring, the trail starts to climb and follows a river bed/wash. The See Spring trail is a short but challenging one that offers a variety of plant life and interests. The trail is densely lined with mint, fern and grasses and is especially nice in the fall/wet season when maple, aspen and oak show their fall colors. The trail ends at the spring where the streams and ponds offer good photo opportunities.
Trail Distance:  2.5 miles round-trip
Elevation:  6100ft - 6600ft   (change 500ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Moderate - requires some endurance, elevation changes
How Crowded:  Occassional passing
Season:  April to November
Accomodations: (on site)   Toilets  CampingFrom Payson, head east on Arizona on Highway 260 which offers exceptional views of the Rim Country. About 20 miles out, before marker 274, take the first turn-off left to Christopher Creek. Driving into town, you will pass the Firestation and right accross from the Market, make a left onto FR 284. Take this gravel forest service road for about 2 miles where it ends at the See Canyon Trailhead. The parking lot offers toilets.Good dirt road, off-road vehicle not needed.
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