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    John Golden reviewed See Canyon Trail #184

    4 months ago

    Pretty OK hike. First half is more ‘difficult’ than ‘moderate’. I mean, it is 4.2 miles uphill, in parts with a lot of loose shale and dirt, and large rocks, etc. As others have posted, it is NOT 6.1 miles like the description says. By my watch, it was exactly 4.2 miles from parkins lot up to Rim Road 300, so 8.4 round trip. This matches the FS Trailhead sign you can see in my photos, which says Rim Road 300 4 miles. It is not a very scenic hike, lots of blowdown debris, definitely a flash flood area. But, it is very peaceful, quiet, except for the wind, just some lizards and squirrels, and lots of birds chirping. Took me 4 hours, only saw one person, in the last 100 yards, who was just going in to the water to fish.

    John Golden completed See Canyon Trail #184

    4 months ago

    John Golden reviewed Buffalo Trail

    5 months ago

    Cool little trail with great views of Lyman Lake. Lots of uphill with rock-made steps to get your heart beating, well-worn and obvious path. Take the quick side trail down and back to a camping-parking lot, in order to make it a full 2.4 miles approx. my drawing of the trail is totally approximate. See the actual park map in the photos. Trailhead is immediately on the right at the entrance to the park. If you park there, and hike the trail, go to the self-pay box at the camping lot to pay $3 day fee. If you’re actually using the lake and drive in, itks $7 per car. Inside the park are a couple of .5 mile trails including one with pretty cool petroglyphs.

    John Golden updated Buffalo Trail

    5 months ago

    John Golden saved Campbell Mesa Loop

    12 months ago

    John Golden saved Mormon Mountain Trail

    12 months ago

    John Golden added Colorado

    over 1 year ago

    John Golden reviewed Rim Lakes Vista Trail to General Crook Trail Loop

    over 1 year ago

    This is a fun trail to bike, sort of. The first mile and a half or so is hard to find because of nearby clear-cutting, and then once you are hugging the rim, it is clearly visible. But, once you are hugging the rim it is very overgrown and narrow with thorny-bushes, fairly impossible to ride. However, then you hit the paved portion and it becomes great fun, a lot of fast coasting less than ten feet from sure death! If you completely finish the paved section of Rim Lakes Vista, and then backtrack to where you cross Rim Road to connect to General Crook, you can add about 4 miles to the trip. The General Crook portion has nice scenery, in the forest, but the trail is so overgrown and unused, almost completely invisible at times, that riding it is not much fun. But, it runs right next to a nice dirt road, if you want to use that. All in all, fun and a decent workout, but not five stars.

    John Golden added Mother's Day

    over 1 year ago

    John Golden added Payson

    over 1 year ago

    John Golden added Driving

    over 1 year ago

    John Golden completed Timber Mesa Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John Golden reviewed Timber Mesa Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Tough bike ride, kicked my butt, but I'm out of shape. I went counterclockwise. The section from the trailhead to the right hand turn is totally rocky, couldn't bike it. After the right turn to go counterclockwise, it is mostly smooth sailing, really nice fast pine needle covered track. But, once you make the u-turn the trail skirts the whole way along the bluff for great views. Unfortunately pretty much that whole section along the bluff was way too difficult for me to bike because it is so rocky. At least three spots, in which the bike would not even fit, so had to carry. Anyway, great ride, I think it is more like 8+ miles.

    John Golden completed Show Low Bluff Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John Golden reviewed Hieroglyphic Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Cool little hike. End point, hieroglyphs are interesting. Distance and elevation easy, but rockiness is moderate. Rockiness of trail would be difficult or impossible for anyone who due to physical issues, needs a manicured trail. Definitely get out early, as the patking lot does get packed after about 10:30 am. It is not that bad on the trail though, pass across hikers every few minutes, but not bad.

    John Golden completed Hieroglyphic Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John Golden reviewed Country Club Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Great hike. Well-marked, mileage completely accurate. Definitely take the 1-mile roundtrip up to Pat Mullen "mountain" view point. Not a great view, but adds a mile and gets the heart pumping.

    John Golden completed Country Club Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John Golden added Phoenix

    over 1 year ago

    John Golden saved Rift Valley Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John Golden saved Bayo Benches Loop

    over 1 year ago

    John Golden saved Tsankawi Ruins Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John Golden added Superstition

    almost 2 years ago

    John Golden added White Mtns

    almost 2 years ago

    John Golden reviewed Willow Springs Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Really cool trail. About 1/3 is a recently used (first third if going counter-clockwise) but not used very often forest road, then 1/3 is that same road, but more deteriorated, and 1/3 single biking/hiking trail. Only really rocky through about 1/3 or more, and never too difficult. Great view of Willow Springs at the northernmost tip at a small rock dam. You can cross to the other side of the lake here and circle it, but the trail veers left and stays only on the East coast. You could easily pack a snack or lunch, cross over and do some fishing, then just bike back to the trailhead without even doing the loop. The only people I saw were on that side fishing, and some fishers in a boat.
    There are a couple spots along the East coast of the springs where it is difficult to tell which way to go. Just look really hard at each possible way, and you will finally see one of the brown bike trail diamond signs. Going counter-clockwise down at the Southeastern tip of the Springs, if you hit 260, you went too far. You can go left and ride on 260 for 100 yards or so and turn on to the first forest road on the left, and you will immediately see the bike trail signs again. Or, you can backtrack from 260 about 100 yards, then cross a big swath of tree cuttings to get to that same forest road. Go right and up near 260 you will see the trail signs. The big area where they cut down the trees is probably where the bike trail signs that I missed, used to be.

    John Golden completed Willow Springs Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    John Golden added The Rim

    almost 2 years ago

    John Golden reviewed South Pinetop (Springs, Blue Ridge, and Country Club Trails)

    almost 2 years ago

    I did what is officially the Springs Trail #633. See link for specific info. This is an excellent under 4 mi easy trail, in the forest, beautiful during the right season. It is so near housing and roads, etc., but it feels like you have "gotten away".
    http://www.tracks-pinetop-lakeside.org/trails/TrailsFiles/Springs.pdf

    John Golden completed Springs Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    John Golden reviewed Panorama Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Cool trail, although pretty hard for me. If you are out of shape and/or not used to the altitude, it will be a great workout. I am both, so I was really huffing at times. Also, I am an experienced bike rider, but not an experienced trail rider. There are two sections at the beginning and end, which have tons of fist-sized rocks. If you go clockwise, the section after about 2-3 miles is very downhill and the one towards the end is very uphill. I had to get off and walk. Great scenery, great views, fresh air. 9 am on a Saturday, I saw two riders in the parking area, and two horse trailers, but I did not see anyone on the trail. It is well-marked, as are most WMTS trails. Going clockwise, towards the end, the trail criss-crosses a big dirt road and is a bit confusing. Just stay on the road and keep your eyes peeled off the road to the left looking for the white diamonds to start again.

    John Golden completed Panorama Trail

    almost 2 years ago