|when||Trip Report : December 1, 2018|
This hike crosses the midpoint of the Arizona Trail which is 405 miles to Utah and 405
miles to Mexico.
The hike starts on the Cross F Trail and joins the Arizona Trail in less than 0.5 miles.
This part is through a cottonwood and sycamore forest. The trees many be changing
color at this lower elevation. We then start going uphill to Saddle Mountain pass,
where we get a great view of the Mazatzals. The hike then drops into wooded
McFarland Canyon (great camping), where we will stop for lunch next to the water.
This creek flows most of the time. These trees may also be changing color.
After lunch we return the way we came.
There is a possible "C" hike that only goes to the half way point of the Arizona Trail. That would be 6 miles with an EC of +-1,000'. I would have to get a co-leader for that.
The weather may be sunny or not. Be prepared for extreme desert weather. Bring a hat, sunscreen and some rain gear.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock
|distance||14-15 miles round trip|
|time||9-10 hours hiking time|
|EC||+-2,200' elevation change|
|elevations||4,000' (Cross F Trailhead) to 5,500' (Saddle Mountain pass)|
|on trail||100% — Arizona Trail passage 22; Cross F Trail|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
The club allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
Riders, please share gas expenses with the drivers.
|meet||6:00 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 north curb away from Target. We will leave promptly at 6:15 AM.|
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