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Christopher Creek - See Canyon (East of Payson)

Description: Escape the summer heat! Hike along Christopher Creek and into forested See Canyon; there will be plenty of vegetation - ferns, flowers, pine and oak trees and cooler temperatures. Most of the hike is easy with the last 1/3 a steeper assent up to the top of the Mogollon Rim. We’ll have lunch at the top before heading back down. 

Difficulty: Moderate

Total Distance: 7 miles (5 hour total hike time)

Start Elevation: 6200 ft.

Elevation Gain: 1800 ft.

Water to Bring: 2 liters

Drive Time: 2 hours

Estimated Return Time: 5 PM

Minimum Attendees Required: 4

Special Instructions:  I like to carpool, but if anyone wants to meet at the trailhead, let me know. Also, it often rains for a short time in the afternoons in the Payson area so bring a light poncho or rain shell. Bring lunch/trail snacks.

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  • Jeff

    It was a fun hike. Thanks Joe!

    September 5, 2014

  • Irma

    Great heart pumping exercise for me. Everyone was kind and the scenery was spectacular! Thank you, Joe, for leading and Jeff for challenging me to go faster than I was planning.

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • Mike Z

    Awesome time all! We took a lot of picture on the way back!

    1 · August 23, 2014

    • Joe V.

      I hope you enjoy your pictures.

      August 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    ok

    August 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    At sprouts at the back of parking lot by Stearns bank in gold Honda crv

    August 23, 2014

    • Irma

      Is this message for Delisse?

      August 23, 2014

    • Irma

      The Tempe group is meeting at Target.

      August 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Delisse! I haven't hiked with the group before. It'll be my first time! Will I need to drive or is there usually room in other vehicles?

    August 19, 2014

    • Delisse G.

      And, Welcome to the Group!

      August 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Delisse!

      August 22, 2014

  • Joe V.

    There have been questions about car pooling to the trail head. I am happy to supply transportation of three other hikers in my truck. Any other car pooling is decided at the meet up sites. However, I can't guarantee any transportation. At this time, we have 13 hikers and a total of 4 cars will be required. I have never run into an issue where we don't have enough car poolers, but it is possible.

    August 21, 2014

    • Delisse G.

      Yes, it usually works out well. :-)

      August 22, 2014

  • Joe V.

    Delisse, please bring your cell phone on the day of this hike. I have your cell number from previous hikes and I believe you have my cell number. This way I can coordinate car pooling before I leave the Pyle meet up site. I might be able to arrange someone else to car pool you, Bill, and the other Target meetup members to the hike. This way you can have a break from driving.

    August 22, 2014

  • Joe V.

    For any hikers meeting us at the trail head, we should be at the tail head between 9:20am and 9:45am. Since we are meeting hikers at Shea and HWY87 (Target Store) at 7:45am, I am estimating 1.5 hours to 2 hours from this Target meet up.

    August 22, 2014

  • Joe V.

    Some hikers like to know ahead of time, where we are going. So here are the driving directions:
    1. Take HWY 87 North (Beeline) to Payson.
    2. Take HWY 260 East to Christopher Creek (about 22 miles)
    3. Follow signs to the town of Christopher Creek.
    4. Once in Christopher Creek, turn left on FR284.
    5. Follow FR284 about 1.5 miles to the parking lot.
    6. Tail should be marked as "See Canyon".

    You can also "Google" See Canyon in Arizona for more information.

    Remember, we are called Wandering Soles because sometimes we get lost (but we always find our way). :-)

    August 21, 2014

  • Joe V.

    Cristina, It looks like Artie can give you a ride to the meet up place if required. We require members to get to the meet up locations using there own transportation unless another member volunteers to pick up another member. Please make your own transportation arrangement or contact Artie (by emailing him). When you email Artie using this website, others can't see your information (only Artie).

    August 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Id love to join in yet im without car and live less than a mile from your meet up area on southern and rural is their room for carpool, Jeff >

    August 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      if you want i could pick you up and bring you to the car pool location - i live at Baseline and McClintock - if you want i could send you my phone # and you could call to make arrangements - artie

      August 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This would also be my 1st time with the group so id be a newbee

    August 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello this def sounds like my neck of the woods kind of fun, yet im without car yet i live very close to meet up area on southern and rural . I live at mill and almeda and could take the jupiter orbit transportation to you all if there is room for me to carpool with someone. Please advise, jeff

    August 20, 2014

  • Mike Z

    We are likely to camp at CC Friday. We would like to meet up at the trail head. Just need est. time and name of trailhead.

    August 20, 2014

    • Mike Z

      Oh nevermind, see you all around 9:00 am

      August 20, 2014

  • Joe V.

    Delisse, since we need to go up the Beeline it would be best to use the Target in Foutain Hills as an alternate meet up location. We will meet up with you at this Target around 8:00am. Thanks for your alternate meet up suggestion.

    August 18, 2014

    • Delisse G.

      Joe, If you guys meet at 7:00 and depart by 7:15 or so, I bet you'll be at Target on Shea by 7:45. How about Kristi and I and any other Target folks should be there by 7:45 so we can get going?

      August 18, 2014

    • Joe V.

      Delisse, 7:45am sounds good. Cya then.

      August 19, 2014

  • Joe V.

    I hope all you hikers are ready to cool down and enjoy a fun hike. I am looking forward to see all of you this comming Saturday. After the hike, we will find a place for "eats and drinks" along HWY 260.

    August 18, 2014

  • Joe V.

    Kristi, I hope the alternate meet up location suggested by Delisse is more acceptable to you.

    August 18, 2014

  • Delisse G.

    Joe, I live in Scottsdale at Shea and the 101. I will be driving East on Shea to Fountain Hills to get to the Beeline Hwy (AZ 87N) to then drive north to get to Payson. I'd be happy to meet some folks in Fountain Hills at the Target that's right there on Shea and the Beeline so we could carpool together. Kristi, does this route make sense for you?

    August 17, 2014

    • Delisse G.

      Yes, how about let's say Sprouts on 92nd and Shea in Scottsdale for now. Let's see if we get any others who want to join us there as the week progresses. Joe, I hope this alternative meeting plan is ok with you. :-)

      August 18, 2014

    • Delisse G.

      I'm not sure but I think if we meet there at 7:00, that's about the same as the other folks meeting at Pyle at 7:00. Maybe we could hook up with them once we reach the Beeline.

      August 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please let me know if anyone wants to meet in the North valley. Otherwise I will see you at Pyle. Thanks!

    August 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be at Pyle Adult Recreation Center @7:00am

    August 15, 2014

  • Mark G.

    This was a fun hike a couple summers ago. Thanks for doing it again Joe. Mark

    August 3, 2014

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