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Rim Country Hike: See Canyon Trail Head to Bear Canyon Lake

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May 12 5:30AM - 2:00PM

This fun but challenging hike begins and ends at the See Canyon Trail Head, which is in the Mogollon Rim country east of Payson. See Canyon is a delightful alternative to the crowds at Horton Creek, which is about 54 miles to the west. See Canyon runs from the Highline Trail up to the Mogollon Rim on the east side of Promontory Butte, which blocks much of the afternoon sun. Numerous large pine trees are in the canyon, which filters much of the sun, making this a nice place to hike on a hot day.

From the trail head we take the See Canyon Trail #184 for about 4 miles until we get to Rim Road 300 on top of the Mogollon Rim. From there we take short, easy cross country jaunt to get to Forest Road 208. Then we take a left on this forest road for about 1.5 miles until we get to the 208 Trail Head. Then we take Bear Canyon Lake Trail #112 for about 1/4 mile to get to Bear Canyon Lake.

See Canyon Trail #184 is a nice trail that is well-maintained for the most part. The trail does get a bit rocky and steep as we get close to the Rim, but to me it is not too difficult to hike on.

Bear Canyon Lake is a beautiful alpine lake, and it will be quite a bit cooler there than in the Phoenix Valley. I was at Bear Canyon Lake in early April and there was quite a bit of snow still on the ground. Alas, I doubt if any snow will remain for our mid-May hike.

As for hiking pace, I imagine that we will be hiking at an average of 2.5 mph on this hike. We will likely go a bit slower on the steeper sections of the See Canyon Trail, but will go a bit faster up on the Rim. I do not want to leave anyone behind on this hike, but if you lag way behind the group you will need to be prepared to self-navigate.

There will be an optional gathering after the hike at Landmark at the Creek on the Christopher Creek Loop Rd, which is less than 2 miles from the trail head.

A description of the See Canyon Trail #184 is here: https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=117

A downloadable GPS track for the hike is here: https://hikearizona.com/map.php?GPS=39808

Mileage: 12 miles

Elevation: 6,100 feet at the trail head; 7,900 feet at the edge of the Rim; 7,600 feet at the lake

Accumulated gain: 2,400 feet

Configuration: Out-and-back

Guesstimated hike time: 6.5 hours including breaks

Recommended: Hydrate the day before the hike; on the hike bring plenty of water(I'll suggest a minimum of 3 liters), good hiking footwear, snacks, trekking poles. NO dogs or children please.

Fees: none

Bathroom/water: There is a restroom at the trail head, but there is no water.

Directions: The hike begins and ends at the See Canyon Trail Head, which is off of Highway 260 about 20 miles east of Payson. From Payson, go east on Highway 260 for 20 miles and turn left on the Christopher Creek Loop; then go for 1 mile and turn left on Forest Road #284; follow this road for 1.5 miles until in dead ends at the trail head. Forest Road #284 is not paved, but any car can easily drive on it. A google maps link to the trail head is here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/See+Canyon+Trailhead/@34.3359857,-111.0163968,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x872ea143b95ec205:0x676652767f31de02!8m2!3d34.3359857!4d-111.0142081?hl=en

Release of Liability: The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

Arizona Strong Hikers, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

How to find us:This location is for the carpool location at the Target on Shea Blvd. in Fountain Hills. We will leave PROMPTLY at 5:30 AM. This should enable us to get to the trail head for a 7:15 AM start to the hike.

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