Arizona Hiking Gallery
See Canyon Trail Hike
Tonto National Forest, Christopher Creek, AZ
May 27, 2006
Gallery contains 37 photos
Gallery last updated: 6/3/2006
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The moist and shady areas along See Canyon Trail are perfect locations for Yellow Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha).

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Yellow Columbine.

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Many caterpillars such as this one were wandering along the lower portions of the trail.

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Clusters of Zela Metalmark (Emesis zela) butterflies were feeding on the nectar of these yellow daisylike flowers.

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Zela Metalmark butterflies.

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Greater Short-horned Lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi) hanging out on a lichen covered rock.

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Close up of the Greater Short-horned Lizard.

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Common Monkey Flower (Mimulus guttatus) makes it;s home along side the creek formed by the water coming from See Spring.

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Common Monkey Flower.

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The See Canyon Trail crosses a small creek coming from See Spring which drains into Christopher Creek.

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Side view of the Yellow Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha) flower.

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Leaves of the Bigtooth Maple (Acer grandidentatum) aka Canyon Maple.

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Bracken Ferns (Pteridium aquilinum) covers much of the forest floor in See Canyon.

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This Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum) has a wonderful deep orange color and a very pleasant fragrance.

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A bee visits a Fendler Rose (Rosa fendleri).

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Fendler Rose growing among the Braken Ferns.

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A member of the lily family False Solomon's Seal (Smilacina racemosa) grows in the shady areas of the forest.

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A downed tree covered with trails from wandering insects...perhaps made by our infamous bark beetle?

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A colorful California Sister (Adelpha bredowii) butterfly rests on a Braken Fern.

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I found this Darkling beetle crawling on the forest floor. Also called a "stink beetle" it will give off a strong odor when disturbed.

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The See Canyon Trail meandering through the forest.

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A member of the pea family the New Mexico Locust (Robinia neomexicana) grows as shrub or a small tree with clusters of pink pea-like flowers.

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New Mexico Locust.

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This Squawroot (Conopholis alpina) plant, a very strange plant, was found growing in a well shaded area of the forest.

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The squawroot plant lacks chlorophyll. It is parasitic on the roots of pines and oaks to get its nutrients.

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Looking downstream at a crossing of dry, boulder strewn Christopher Creek.

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Looking up through the forest canopy of Ponderosa Pines and Bigtooth Maple.

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Sunlight filtering through a cover of Bigtooth Maple leaves.

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Looking up for a different perspective.

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Bracted Strawbery (Fragaria bracteata).

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Arizona Valerian (Valeriana arizonica).

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Big bright green leaves of False Hellebore (Veratrum californicum), also known as skunk cabbage.

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Sunlight sets aglow False Hellebore found in a moist area just below the top of the Mogollon Rim.

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The See Canyon Trail just before the last push to the top of the rim. Here a few Aspen trees make an appearance.

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An interesting layered rock.

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After a steep climb we have reached the rim and have had a bite of lunch. Now it's time for a nap!

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Interesing patterns on a sandstone rock.

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