Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Grapevine Trail Day Hike
when Trip Report : April 4, 2015
where Mayer
the hike     The Grapevine Trail is a natural wonder and officially-designated botanical area. It passes through a forest of oak, walnut, and boxelder trees, features springs and creeks, and is only 60 miles from Phoenix. Most people pass right by without ever knowing it’s there. But you’ll know, and starting from 3500 feet elevation above Phoenix should ensure cool temperatures.
    The hike begins at a parking area 1.3 miles from the actual trailhead. High-clearance vehicles could travel this stretch, but not without being scratched by the overgrown vegetation. So we’ll just call it a trail and hike it.
    The Grapevine Trail itself starts at a group of alder trees surrounding an information kiosk. A small “Trail 4” sign marks the beginning. From here the hike extends 2.5 miles up a canyon and provides excellent views of Prescott Valley and the riparian gorge below. From atop the canyon it continues through cool tree cover, two gates, and several creek crossings before ending the at the area’s main spring.
    We’ll return by the same route.
    For more information and photos, check out these Web sites:
    •  Mare Czinar’s Hiking Blog
    •  ArizonaHiking.org
Required:
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
Recommended:
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
Update from Tim Tablada:
The Grapevine Trail #4 was greatly effected by the Goodwin fire of early/mid 2017. It has all burned down. It might be nice in a decade or two. I was there today (10/07/17).
distance 8 miles
time 5 hours
EC +-1800 feet elevation change
elevations 4750 to 6320 feet
type Out and back.
starting at Grapevine Trail Parking Area
on trail 100% — Grapevine Trail #4
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Share gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 for non-members.
weather Mayer
meet 8:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
drive
1.  Take I-17 north 48 miles to exit 262, AZ-69 (Cordes Junction).
2. Take AZ-69 west about 12 miles, then turn left (south) onto AZ-87A.
•  This corner isn’t marked on AZ-69, but it’s just before milepost 274.
•  Chaparral Blvd. is on the right.
•  There is a highway marker on AZ-89A itself.
3. Take AZ-89A two miles south to the parking area.
The distance each way is 62 miles.

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