Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
AZ Trail passage 15 Loop Day Hike
when October 22, 2017
where Florence-Kelvin
the hike     This is a hike though the Sonoran Desert. We will start on a ridge line and follow it up to the Big Hill. The club did the AZT passage 16 in previous years, so it’s time to go south. On our left will be the Gila River, which is a strand of green though the brown Sonoran Desert. On our right will be the great expanse of the Sonoran Desert, which continues to California. The trail does not get to the summit of the big hill, so we can decide if we want to go off trail and do the summit on the hike day.
    We then continue on the AZ Trail to Ripsey Wash, where we will start the off-trail adventure. This wash will take us back to the Florence-Kelvin highway (dirt). In the wash we may come across wildlife. We will follow an old jeep road that mainly follows the wash. The wash may have cut though some interesting rock formations on its way to the Gila.
    Once we get to the Florence-Kelvin highway, we will take it back to our cars. Afterwards we will stop at the Gila and check it out, and then if the group wants we can go to Kearny or Superior for food. Kearny is a very small town.
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Hat
•  Hiking Poles
•  Camera
distance 7 miles
time 4-5 hours
EC +-1000' elevation change
elevations 1800' (Trailhead) to 2700' (Big Hill)
type loop
starting at
Florence-Kelvin Trailhead 33.10228° N, 110.97494° W
on trail 50% — Arizona Trail, passage 15
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost When car-pooling, pay your share the cost of gas.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Superior
meet 7:00 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60. We’ll arrange car-pooling from there.   Directions from Phoenix:
•  East on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to Superstition Springs Blvd., exit 187.
Take that exit, turn right and go 1/2 mile east, across Power Road.
Turn left, toward Home Depot, at the second driveway.
Park in the southwest corner of the Home Depot lot, behind Burger King.
•  Go east on US-60 to Superior.
Exit on AZ 177 south to the Florence-Kelvin Highway.
Make a right turn on to Florence-Kelvin Highway, cross the one-lane bridge over the Gila River, and continue a little ways on Florence-Kelvin Highway to the trailhead, which is on the left.
Park in the parking lot, no restroom.
They have moved the trail here, so we will have to explore to find the trail exit.
Florence-Kelvin Highway is a very well graded dirt road that cars will have no problem with. (60 miles one way).

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