Sunday, August 23, 2009

PIVOT ROCK CANYON



PIVOT ROCK CANYON Coconino National Forest This pleasant walk in the forest follows the drainage of Pivot Rock Canyon. Because the area benefits from a year-round supply of water from snowmelt and summer storms, the vegetation is green and abundant. The trail is unmarked, but not too tough to follow. The trickiest part comes at the quarter-mile point where a set of stony stairs leads down to the creek. The next 1.2 miles of the route travel through a beautiful “rainforest” criss-crossing the shallow creek many times on its way to a sun-speckled pasture where log cabin ruins beckon visitors. Beyond the old homestead, the trail becomes very overgrown. However, with basic route-finding skills, bushwhacking and boulder hopping, it’s not too difficult to continue for another 3.5 miles to where the trail ends at Forest Road 142. HIGHLIGHTS: narrow, wooded canyon, shallow stream and cabin ruins LENGTH: 3 miles roundtrip RATING: easy ELEVATION RANGE: 6,900 – 6790 feet DRIVING DISTANCE FROM PHOENIX: 135 miles one-way GETTING THERE: From Payson, go north on Highway 87 for 32 miles to Forest Road 616, which is located past milepost 284 on the left. Follow FR 616 for 3.3 miles to an unsigned campground downhill on the right. INFORMATION: 928-477-2172 or FIRE UPDATES: www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino

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