See Canyon Trail #184

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See Canyon Trail #184

Hiking Trail

See Canyon Trail #184

by: Honza
Location:  Payson, AZ          Longitude:  -111.0143    Latitude:  34.3361
A difficult in and out trail that takes you from the Christopher Creek up to the Old Rim road (FR 300).
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
The See Canyon 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 and wildflowers. 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.

See Canyon Trail is one of the more adventurous hikes in the Rim Country. As one of the trails that goes up the Rim (like Highline trail), the See Canyon trail entertains with its colorful spread of wildflowers to luscious forest smells and the crossings of Christopher Creek.

The first two miles make an easy hike with reasonable grades. Then the trail starts to climb...climbing toward Rim Road (FR 300), the forest gets thicker and the grade steeper (couple of quite steep and slippery slopes). Maples appear along the trail, as well as aspens, all contributing to the wild feel making it quite easy to get lost. Keep an eye out for trail signs!
Trail Distance:  7 miles round-trip
Elevation:  6100ft - 7860ft   (change 1760ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Difficult - good physical fitness is a must, large elevation changes
How Crowded:  Solitude
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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