hiking
16 hours ago

Main complaint about this trail is how confusing it is before you get to the lake. Recommend going counter clockwise for sure. Other than that, trail is wide and has a lot of shade. We saw an elk and a horny toad and plenty of cool birds. The lake was beautiful but very busy with people for a random Monday afternoon. Unfortunately we saw a lot of human trash so if you wanted to take a trash bag on the hike, I usually do but forgot this time

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!

hiking
3 days ago

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.

this trail is great for an afternoon stroll. You can stop and visit the water as much as you would like. highly recommend for a casual walk..picnic would be nice.

nice trail now that we "figured it out". basically stay right on the forest service roads and then loop the lake. we had to explore quite a bit to figure this out. nice trail overall. we saw elk, a water snake and a baby horny toad :)

hiking
17 days ago

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.

hiking
rocky
18 days ago

Awesome easy hike that still feels like a good workout. Beautiful views. In and out of shade the whole way so you don’t get too hot. Gets busier around mid-day so try to hit this one early or in the afternoon. Did this with my out of shape 71 year old father and he felt it was and easy hike but a bit too long for him—but really this is a hike anyone can do. Park at the over flow parking or the general store for free parking. If you go past the general store parking is $7 for the day.

Partial OHV trail. (2 miles) then trail as marked becomes a walking path.

hiking
blowdown
1 month ago

This was our 1st hike trying out this app. Followed the directions to get here but we couldn't find a trail sign anywhere! Saw people walking around the lake so we just headed out keeping the lake to our left. It's beautiful! Sometimes rocky, I wouldn't bring a wagon or a stroller. We didn't make it all the way around, kids wanted to play in the water too much.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

Main parking lot is tiny, overflow parking is available. Don’t park on side of the road you will be tow/ticketed witness this while leaving the trail. The trailapp does have a old trail but the new maintain trail is label with Blue Diamond shape posted on the tress. No one was around when we were hiking Sunday morning 8am.

I found this trail quite boring and not very scenic. The views from the rim were nice, but it was the same view, at least from the section I did. Turned around before completing more than 1/4 of trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty easy walk, the lake was beautiful to look at. My dog handled the trail with no issue

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
2 months ago

Very isolated... we didn’t see anyone else out here. Great place to get away from people. But not much of a trail here. We walked around a little but there is no paved trail. Also, the water was super muddy when we were here (March) so not as clear as other photos you may see. I’d come back for camping or maybe just bring a book and a picnic.

Tons of run off. It was still a nice hike

hiking
3 months ago

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.

on See Spring Trail

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

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

6 months ago

Mostly easy to moderate in some spots, decently maintained trail, good tree cover, great nature and views, proper hydration and clothing a must.

Nice hike around the lake. Well signed in some places but the lake is your compass.

hiking
7 months ago

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!

backpacking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
blowdown
washed out
7 months ago

Have been wanting to explore the rim country for a few years now. Decided this would be a good route to start. I ended up doing the loop in reverse because I wanted to spend the first night camping northwest of Drew Trail. Highlife trail is a nice warm up trail. Clean and maintained. Took it a little farther to See Spring trail then back to Drew. Drew was a monster going up. Don’t do this unless you are ready for going straight up for a mile on very rocky terrain. Got to top and found my campspot a few miles down the road on the rim. The views were simply amazing. Next morning, packed up and got on the General crook trail (don’t go through the forest next to rim as route shows, no trail and very overgrown hard to hike terrain) over to the Rim Vista trail. Easy flowing trail that starts out as asphalt, mostly people on it who are sightseeing, then turns into dirt as it meet the Military Sink Hole trail. This trail was also a tough one, especially on tired legs but really beautiful. A couple miles of switchbacks that makes you think you’ll never get to the bottom. Eventually the parking lot appears. Make sure you have A LOT of water, because Mogollon Campground was closed this time of year and had the only drinking water supply I knew of, so I finished the trip with half a bottle, was not fun. You could go to the lake marina or visitors center, but that adds quite a bit of walking to this route. Had a great experience. Heard Elk, saw a snake, and heard pack of coyotes celebrate a kill at 2am about 200 yard away from my tent. Will definitely do it again.

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