Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
AZT 28 Gooseberry Day Hike
when Trip Report : June 23, 2018
where Happy Jack
the hike     We will do a one way hike on Arizona Trail passage 28 (Happy Jack) from Gooseberry Springs south to FR 294 near Pine Spring. I plan to do a car shuttle, but if enough people sign up we can do a key swap.
    This is a 9 mile hike at elevations over 7000 feet and gently rolling terrain. It should be a cake walk for most Trailblazers, and a nice hike through the cool pines.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
•  Small flashlight.
distance 9 miles
time 5-6 hours
EC +-1000' elevation change
elevations 7484' at Gooseberry, 7440' at end of hike
type one way
starting at
Gooseberry Springs Trailhead 34.82130° N,   111.43177° W
on trail 100% — Arizona Trail, passage 28
rating "B-"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Happy Jack
meet 6:30 AM in the parking lot of the Target Center on the south side of Shea Blvd., about a mile west of Highway 87 (Beeline). For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the northwest curb away from Target. We will depart before 7 AM.
•  Take Highway 87 north to Payson. We’ll make the usual MacDonald’s stop in Payson for restroom breaks and any last-minute breakfasts (to go).
From Payson stay on SR 87 to Clint’s Well and turn left onto FR 3. Continue north on FR 3 for 14.6 miles to MP 305 and turn right onto FR 294. We will wait here for all to arrive.
To reach the end trailhead, continue east on FR 294 for about 5 miles and watch for the AZT trail signs. The last mile may be a little rough on FR 294. We will leave some cars here and load into the others.
Drive back on FR 294 to FR 3 and turn right and go about 7 miles north and turn right on FR 92. The trailhead is 0.3 miles on the right.

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