Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Bassett Peak and Willcox Wine Weekend
when Trip Report : November 8-10, 2019
where Galiuro Wilderness, near Willcox
the hike     Bassett Peak in the Galiuro Wilderness is one of the top places in Arizona to view fall colors, and early November is the peak time to be there. This Arizona sky island is a hidden gem for hikers, so it is high time for the Trailblazers to enjoy it. We will see cactus, oaks, pines, and aspen. Even folks to want to turn back at the midway point at Ash Springs will get a nice taste of changing leaves.
    We will go on Friday to Willcox and enjoy some vineyards wine tasting. Those who still have energy after the hike can sample some more wine Saturday evening. There aren’t any houses for rent in the area, so those interested should rent hotel rooms in Willcox asap. If you want to drive up Saturday or leave after the hike, it is possible, but it makes for a long day of driving (almost 5 hours each way from Phoenix). We will drive home Sunday morning.
distance 10 miles
time 8 hours
EC +-2800' elevation change
elevations 4970 ft (trailhead) to 7650 ft (top)
type in and out
starting at Bassett Peak Campground
on trail 90% — last part to the peak requires a little scrambling for 150 feet
rating "A-"     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 Willcox
meet 10:00 AM on November 1 in the parking lot south of Einstein Bros. Bagels on the SE corner of 48th Street & Ray Road, west of I-10. Cars cannot be left there overnight.
drive
See GPS Route by Randal Schulhauser.
•  Take I-10 east about 190 miles until you reach Wilcox, AZ.
Take exit 340 for Fort Grant Road.
Go about 18 miles north on Fort Grant Road.
At the stop sign, turn left onto Ash Creek Road.
Go about 3 miles west until you reach the 4-way stop at the intersection of Ash Creek Road and Fort Grant Road.
Continue west, leaving the pavement onto the graded dirt road. This is the start of the Sunset Loop.
Go 14.3 miles along the Sunset Loop until you reach FR 660, located near bend in the Sunset Loop Road that heads north.
Take FR 660 about 2¼ miles (maybe more like 1.4 miles) to the trailhead.
High clearance vehicles recommended for the last 3 miles.

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