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See Spring Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Forest Lakes, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 469 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Closed

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Getting There

NOTE: As of July 2020, this trail is closed due to burn damage and extreme fire danger. Please check here for updates: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recarea/?recid=35607

Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

Directions from Payson: Travel north on 87 to Forest Road 300 on top of the Rim, 12.3 miles west from Hwy. 260 or from the See Canyon Trailhead.

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Recordings (77)
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Tsafrir Mor
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Hiking

Closed as of July 19 2020

Susan Anderson
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HikingClosed
Cord Smith
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Hiking

Great trail. Lush and green. Black berries and raspberries everywhere. This trail gives you the most bang for the buck if you are trying to beat the heat.

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Austin Vanderbur
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Get there early or the trail gets way too crowded. Beautiful though.. absolutely love this trail. My family and I got to see an Arizona Coral snake which was awesome.. check out the picture it was about 3-4ft long.

Althea H.
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Rocky

Heads up for novice hikers. Once you leave parking area, it's about a qtr mile up, then you have to CROSS THE CREEK. No signs except "no camping." No little arrow pointing to beginning of the 2 trails. Nothing. We found it and went to See Springs, nice hike, gentle incline, easy trail. Creek burbling almost the whole way.

Mary Maas
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Great trail! Easy to find, easy to follow. Plenty of shade, water is cold and refreshing. Trail has plenty of rest opportunities that allow for exploration. Wild flowers and butterflies are in abundance this time of year. We did this hike a few months ago and its amazing how much the scenery changes in a few weeks. Great hike to take fellow friends from the Valley on. It takes them back to thier "Midwest " roots with all the greenery. Highly recommend!

Tyler McIntosh
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Hiking

Perfect trek for a day trip to soak up some leafy scenery! Quick in and out 2.5 hour trail with stops and creek exploration.

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Marissa Young
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Hiking

Great trail! Beautiful scenery the whole way. Lots of shade on this trail so it’s great for those sunny days. This is a nice steady hike that won’t wear you out.

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Dirk Gardner
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Hiking

Came the first part of February and there was no snow and very little mud. I can see where this is a popular hike in the warmer weather. It would be a great hike to bring the kids along. Very pretty.

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Isaac B.
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Jan 20th 2020. 4 kids ages 11-4. Lots of fun, still snow and mud but great time.

Arianna Ohrtman
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Hiking

Easy to do with two kids. One in a carrier and a 4 year old that walked the whole way there and back! Colorful leaves were already blown down and on the ground, but still very pretty!

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Tim Anderson
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Backpacking

Though listed as a moderate hike, I found this one to have very few technical areas and was very well maintained - so fairly easy it seemed. The beginning of the journey starts from the end of the road loop on see canyon trail, and you don’t reach the trail head of see canyon springs for about a half mile. Don’t let the sign at the fork of the trail fool you - the trail is listed as half a mile but definitely felt like more than that with the consistent incline. Outside of the include, the trail is very smooth. The trail is beautiful in late October. Lots of red and gold leaves from oak, maple, and aspen. We spotted plenty of ferns and a bit of mint as well. At the beginning of the trail you walk through a narrow meadow of grass and pass a very large, half-dead alligator juniper which was pretty great considering there’s not a lot of alligator juniper left in az. There are 1 or 2 campfire areas, but they are right on the trail so not particularly suitable for camping. Outside that, no formal camping grounds. This is okay because dispersed camping is allowed in Arizona, so my friend and I found a spot off-trail and hunkered down for the night. If you do this, just be sure you are 200 ft away from any road, trail, or water source, and leave no trace you were ever there. Creek was amazing and gave us a reprieve from carrying so much water weight on other hikes. Instead, we brought a single gallon and a filter pump to refill as needed. The trail almost stays exactly on the creek the whole way up. A secret: at the top of the trail you see the falls. A lot of folk believe the falls are the spring - they’re not. Gentle bushwhacking another 50 yards up the creek falls will get you to the spring, where you can refill your water straight from the mountain. Tasted amazing.

Brad Blase
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Brad Blase
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HikingWashed out

This was a nice easy short hike for a Sunday afternoon. The walk up to the spring is fairly nice and little washed out in places. The grade is steep but pretty constant. The actual spring was pretty nice, but not spectacular as it flows out from under a huge boulder pile.

John Gwisdalla
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Hiking

A very nice trail with a little waterfall.

Al Montoya
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Hiking

Good hike and beautiful scenery!

Nesli Kalpak
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Hiking

This was an amazing trail, with beautiful views! Lots of shade, and you're next to the creek most of the time. the gradual climb up makes things easy. I did this hike with my dogs and they LOVED IT! Word of caution... at the very beginning of the trail, you will cross the creek. LOOK FOR THE WHITE DIAMONDS ON THE TREES! We didn't realize this and went off the path for awhile, finally realized our error and had to backtrack a bit.

Pat and Rathbun
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Hiking

To springs and back was about 3 miles. Nice dirt path for most part with about 50% shade. Along creek almost all the time. Some nice swimming holes for dogs. Saw a couple of families with small children make it to the springs. There were some rocky stretches. Road to the trailhead is rough. No toilet paper in restroom.

Sean Terrillion
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Kirstin Handler
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Hiking

So beautiful!

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Linda Jean Fenner
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Hiking

7-28-19 Beautiful Little Hike :) Loved it!

Ingrid Klingenberg
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Hiking

This was a good, light exercise hike for me. Very shaded, providing much refreshment! Enjoyed listening to the creek along the way. Easy to cross the creek. At times, the path gets very narrow and has a lot of tall grass obstructing your view, so watch out for larger rocks and consider bringing a hiking pole.

Erika Vacek
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Hiking

Nice easy hike. Beautiful water.

Jemima de Reus
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We hiked this end of March 2019 and the river was so deep, wide and wild it was quite uncomfortable crossing it. Kids and older people wouldn't have made it across

Alison Green Kelly
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Hiking

Creek is full! It’s raging! Awesome to see but impossible to cross and use the trail.

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J. Bradshaw
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Hiking

Pretty easy hike which most kids can do. We had our three year old and I had to carry her for some of it, but our older kids did fine. Getting to the spring was great and it was a nice cool hike in the pines.

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