Sunday, June 27, 2010

Deer Creek 06/27/10

Deer Creek Trail Run/Hike
Mazatzal Wilderness
Tonto National Forest
Mileage 8.29
Time 1:44
AEG 1422ft

Matt Kalina and I were both suppose to head North this weekend to Buckskin Gulch with our hiking group, neither one of us could make it though. I called Matt Saturday night to see if he wanted to take a leisurely trail run somewhere outside of town to escape the heat. We decided to head East towards Payson and just pick a random trailhead along Highway 87. We stopped at Deer Creek and decided to give it a go.

The trail didn't look like much when we first arrived, as we ran further in towards the mountains, a few surprises awaited us. The relatively flat desert terrain gave way to a large stream bed with several large trees and ever-changing landscape. Taking the lead through the trees I was startled by a small heard of cattle that seemed just as surprised to see us as we were to see them. The trail hovered above the creek and the sound of flowing water kept our minds off of the quickly climbing summer temps. We could have traveled much further up the mountain, but we were taking it easy today and turned around after 4 miles. Pretty fun little trek.

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