|when||Saturday, March 31, 2018|
|Trip Report : January 31, 2015|
This hike was recently described in Mare Czinar’s Hike of the Week column
in the January 27 edition of the Arizona Republic.
Gila River Canyons passage 16 was the last section of the Arizona Trail to be completed and was dedicated on December 16, 2011. The full Arizona Trail consists of 43 separate passages, ranging in length from 8.6 miles (Oracle passage 13) to 35.3 miles (San Francisco Peaks passage 34).
David Hicks, former Arizona Trails Director, has hiked the full 26-mile length of passage 16 and describes it as second only to the Grand Canyon passages (37, 38, 39) in overall scenic beauty for the entire 800-mile length of the Arizona Trail.
The initial 12 miles of this trail runs parallel with the Gila River and is one of the more scenic sections of the trail. We’ll plan on hiking in about six miles, before turning around and hiking back to the trailhead. At the turnaround point we’ll look for a good place to stop and have lunch.
Ted Tenny has agreed to lead a shorter version of this hike for those who don’t want to go the full 12 miles. His group will hike in 2 1/2 miles from the trailhead before turning back. When you sign up for this hike, please let me know if you want to do the shorter or longer version. I’ll pass on all names to Ted for those wishing to do the shorter version.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|EC||1000' elevation change|
|elevations||1,646 feet at the trailhead to 3,714 feet at the end of passage 16|
|on trail||100% — Arizona Trail, passage 16|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|leader||You must email the leader to confirm.|
|meet||7:00 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60.|
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