See Canyon Trail #184

MODERATE 48 reviews

See Canyon Trail #184 is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fishing and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,696 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

fishing

hiking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

old growth

snow

Nice hike in the Mogollon rim area. Could be a pretty quick hike so take your time and enjoy the sites. A lot of cool little things to see a long the way. Great weather! Bring lots of water and some snacks. There's a lot of moss growing all over and fungus. It's cool to see the different species of mushrooms. Most of them have little blue beetles living on them and underneath, they're are cool too. Pretty easy hike, you could always walk up the creek for a bit too, other wise you only cross the creek 3 times. A little strenuous the last mile or so, but still a hike worth doing.

1 month ago

We loved this hike. trail was tough only because it's up hill, but coming back was a breeze. took the half mile detour to (See Canyon Spring). spring was definitely cool to see with water coming out the side of mountain. the senery was beautiful with lots of shaded areas. it's May 20 weather was great (80 degrees). there's a couple signs along the way with arrows and distance on them. great touch to trail. this was one of our favorites in Payson

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2 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.

3 months ago

Nice trail. We were pretty much the only ones on the trail past the first half-mile. After getting to the top of the Mogollon Rim, there weren't many great views. Had no trouble going up the trail, but on the way back, we somehow got lost. Had to follow the stream until it intersected with the trail. got back on the path with just a little bit of light left. Overall, it was a fun hike!

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4 months ago

Very nice trail. Saw a little snow later on in the hike. Had no problem making it to the top of the trail, but on the way down, we somehow lost the trail. Ended up having to find the stream and follow it until we found one of the points where it intersects with the path. Made it back to the trail with just a little bit of light left and followed it back to the parking lot. Fun hike!

A beautiful trail even for the winter! Not much snow until we reach the top! The trail is poorly marked at a point around 2 miles in... watch for the ribbons and the piles of rocks! On the top we thought there was a tower but we never found it!
On the way down we lost the trail again a few hundred yards after we started. We used GPS, the alltrails map and compass to find it.
Overall an amazing hike that is so much different than the typical AZ scenery!

6 months ago

Such a peaceful trail! So glad I used the map on this app- there are two parts where you have to walk across the water to continue the trail. pretty pink leaves and great for dogs!

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8 months ago

I would not consider this a moderate hike, but more on the difficult side as it gets fairly steep. Also, the mileage out and back is not 6.3 miles maybe closer to 8. We turned around at the 3.5 mile mark and still had at least 1/2 mile to the end of the trail. We enjoyed this hike and would recommend it.

8 months ago

Beautiful trail. I brought my 2 year old Dobie with me and we both had a blast! Not many people there on Friday. Stunning fall colors, plenty of shade, we crossed the creek 3 times so my puppy got water and cooled down. The 2 mile dirt road might be rough in a few places for a sedan but doable. Highly recommended!

9 months ago

Hiked mid October and beautiful fall colors about 2 miles into the trail. Very lightly trafficked on a Friday. We saw 3 small groups of people the first mile and that was about it. Lots of people setting up campsites when finishing the hike near the trailhead. I would definitely recommend this hike and hope to do it again soon. Happy hiking :)

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9 months ago

Nice hike but a few items of note.

People tend to camp at the TH and along the first 1/2 mile stretch. Just something to be cognizant of as you're possibly walking right by (or through) someone's campsite.

The second thing of note starts about 3/5th of the way in and that is the climb. Just look for the point on the topo map where the contour lines get really close.

Some great views along the way, the first section is an easy jaunt where it changes to an easy/moderate climb.

Lightly traveled, our 7 y.o. JRT trail dog did not join us on this hike, however likely would have been fine.

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9 months ago

9/17/17 ~ 57 M hiker - Drove up from the valley with GF and pooch for this day hike. Easy access to the trail-head via the well maintained FR. Half dozen cars or so at the trail-head and a number of campers spread out in the same area. We had company up the first leg till the turn off for the spring, from that point on we had the trail to ourselves. Beautiful day and gorgeous shady hiking, a nice change from hiking in and around the valley. The trail rises slowly and continually and then hits a couple of steep climbs that will get your attention. The trail end is anticlimactic as there is no vista for picture taking, just the convergence with the General Crook Trail and Rim Road. But the journey is still worth it. Was more challenging for me than I thought it should have been after reading other reviews.

5.5 hours out and back with a 1/2 hour lunch and rests.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Almost no one on the trail! Easy to navigate but disappointing ending to the trail! Hard incline at some parts. I personally wouldn't do this trail again.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pretty unremarkable trail, but the solitude was great. Once you leave the trailhead which is busier than your local Walmart and get about half mile in it's nice and quiet. Several fallen trees to have to climb over-between fires and beetles they don't stand a chance. Last half: you may need a machete. Phone died about ⅔ up. Crosses Christopher Creek at 3 places. Lots of good possible campsites (nothing developed) all along the way.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Awesome trail!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

If you're looking for a hike that goes to the top of the rim, this is one. However, I was disappointed that there were no great views from the top. Had I have known, I probably would have chose a different hike of similar length.

It took us little over 4 hours to hike out and back, with a detour stop at the See Spring (additional mile or more out and back.)

The trail was pretty with different terrain throughout. It could have been more enjoyable if the trail was recently maintained. I would recommend light-weight pants and possibly long-sleeved shirt due to the brush and grass that was covering the trail in spots. I wore shorts and got a few minor cuts on thorns. There were plenty of loose pebbles and rocks along the path that made it more difficult coming down the ridge. Perhaps some maintenance could help with that?

Overall, it was a nice hike. I enjoyed hanging out by the spring after the hike. There were plenty of people doing the same. I would go back to the trail head to relax by the water, but I wouldn't do the hike again. I would choose a different one that had beautiful views from the top.

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Awesome hike with ample amounts of water. Pretty steep at points, with lush meadows of pine and wildflowers. We didn't hike all the way to the end but plan to next time!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Fantastic hike!

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Monday, June 06, 2016

Easy to moderate at times, the creek follows the path most of the way until it switchbacks upwards and the creek is dried up. Lots of wildlife , did 8 miles, mostly shaded. You can go north (longer) or south ( hops back and forth over Christopher creek)

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Monday, May 16, 2016

It wasn't the best hike, but it was definitely a great workout!

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

My wife and I hiked with our pug. 4 hours round trip up and back. Nice stream and lots of shade. Gets steep and rocky at times towards the end. Saw about 4 other groups of hikers.

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