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See Canyon Trail #184 is a 7.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,043 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

snow

A nice hike in the Mogollon rim area.

backpacking
bugs
4 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Bad day on the trail. If anyone finds a pair of Black Oakley sunglasses please email me at hoelscherderek@hotmail.com. Thanks hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

Always a good workout. Spring flowers starting to come up. Water still running in the creek.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is all about the journey and not the destination if you are attempting to take it up to Rim Rd. You don’t get a spectacular view up top, but the trail is absolutely beautiful as you weave your way under the pine trees and creek. I would recommend you have a HOV to get access to this trailhead. It’s not absolutely necessary, but it has some really rocky parts that can result in scraping your car if you aren’t careful.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. First mile is flat and near the water. You will have to cross the water multiple times, no big deal if it hasn't rained recently; otherwise could be difficult in some places. I would recommend going to the spring first. At the "Y", go right. We went about a mile up(sign says .5 mile). Great water areas and trail is fairly easy to follow. The main trail is flat for about another .5 mile then ALL uphill. Trail is easy to follow and even if you get off track, you can easily get back on it. At a certain point, the trail will flatten out, you will easily notice, then one last climb to the Rim Road. We totaled 7 hours which is awful, but we stopped and enjoyed the water for a long time. 9.6 miles(less if you don't explore spring area). No "view" at the top, only the road. Lots of downed trees, had to climb over a few. I went through 3 liters which is rare. Cell service is almost all trail with some bad spots. Internet is iffy farther in.

1 month ago

Great hike. Well marked, follow the cairns and diamonds on the trees. Water crossings!

hiking
1 month ago

End of winter. Last snow on the ground. Plenty of water running in the canyon creek. Always a rewarding hike.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

End January. This is a fun trail! You cross the creek 3x and with the snowmelt it requires some up creek walking and rock hopping to not get wet. There are a lot of trees down but no problem finding the trail Because of that. Last mile has significant snow but it’s still crunchy for now and walkable.

backpacking
blowdown
icy
muddy
snow
5 months ago

Very scenic. The upper portion of the trail near the rim has numerous trees down making for slow going. The trail is also hard to follow because of the this.

hiking
blowdown
rocky
6 months ago

Beautiful!! Several trees down, but gorgeous trail. 10/10 will do it again.

hiking
7 months ago

A beautiful trail to hike in mid to late October. The fall colors were gorgeous and the hike was a great workout. Definitely was a hard hike. I wish I would have taken my hiking poles. The view is not great at the top but on the way up and back down. So glad we went.

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

We did the entire trail in 3 1/2 hours round trip. It started raining the last hour so the rocks were a bit slippery on the way down. We did not encounter a soul the entire time. Gorgeous 70 degree afternoon. Lush vegetation and very serene. Only negative is there isn’t really a big payoff at the top when you’ve done all that work!

hiking
8 months ago

This is an amazing Hike. Through and through in shade and dense riparian habitat. Though is not hard as categorized but could be a bit strenuous but you will not feel so cause of the thick vegetation. Did the entire hike in 4.30 hrs and 2.30 hrs for reaching the road #300 from the trail head

hiking
9 months ago

The hike was great since I was in need of some nature! The hike is longer than the 6.1 miles listed above .....it was really 8 miles! When you reach the summit you will be at a road....with cars! The trees, wildlife, creek, flowers were all worth doing the hike and I recommend it. The creek was nice and there were only 5 people on the trail that we encountered. It is overgrown in a few areas but still easy to follow.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

incredibly beautiful forest trail hike along beautiful spring-fed Creeks it's one of my favorite trails in Arizona

hiking
10 months ago

Really beautiful!

hiking
10 months ago

Few views. Top connects to rim road. Saw trail cleaning volunteers today, much more clear on the way out than the way in. Thanks volunteers.

hiking
10 months ago

really beautiful trail. mostly incline going out. Make sure you bring plenty of water, OR purifier tablets, water filter straws. water crossings are fun! not as busy on sundays. spring has amazing mud in it for healing!

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
10 months ago

Great trail. Easier from the trail head to approximately 2 miles in. It becomes rocky and overgrown with a very steap incline from that point on. Tons of water during the beginning of the hike. Pay close attention to the path where it becomes overgrown.

hiking
bugs
rocky
10 months ago

7-28-19 Beautiful well maintained shaded early morning hike! Within minutes of hike saw a rafter of Wild Turkeys crossing the trail from Creek! Fun variety on the trails of sand/pine needles and rocky inclines along with the bubbling creeks to cross. Good steady incline with elevation makes for a great workout....along with welcomed flat trails to take in a snack and a break. A few lizards, birds and spotted a deer driving out of Trailhead. Fun Day! No Fees No Water, Washroom on site (Out house) Enjoy!

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