Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Bartlett Lake Kayaking
when Trip Report : March 14, 2021
where Bartlett Lake
the kayak     This will be the second in what will hopefully become a regular series of monthly kayaking day trips for the Arizona Trailblazers. At some point we may also start planning an occasional car-camping trip that combines both kayaking with hiking. We will plan and learn as we go with this newest addition to the club’s schedule.
    This second Arizona Trailblazers kayaking trip will be at Bartlett Lake. We will meet at the SB Cove area launch area and launch our kayaks off the beach. From there we’ll start paddling north on the lake to Rattlesnake Cove, Bartlett Flat, and beyond into the Verde River part of the lake, keeping close to the shoreline.
    We’ll plan on pulling in to shore from time to time as people get tired of paddling and plan on stopping at a shady shore area for a lunch break around 11:30 or so.
    Please be advised that we may have to postpone this trip due to unfavorable weather conditions, especially high winds on the lake.
NOTE: This trip will be limited to the first ten people who sign up.
•  At least 1 liter of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance Probably 5 to 6 miles of kayaking.
time 4-5 hours, with rest breaks, a lunch stop, and photo ops.
EC none
elevations 1,600 feet.
type round trip
starting at SB Cove area.
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost You will need either a Tonto Pass, Senior Pass, National Parks Pass, or America the Beautiful Pass to park in the SB Cove parking lot of Bartlett Lake.
Be sure to display your pass on a hang tag or place it on your dashboard.

The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Cave Creek
leader    You must email the leader to confirm.
meet 9:00 AM SB Cove area next to the launch ramp.
From the north valley
•  Take SR 51 north to 101 east.
Continue eastbound on the 101 for 6 miles to N Pima Road.
From the east valley
•  Take 101 northbound and exit at N. Pima Road.
From both areas
Drive north on N. Pima Road for about 12 miles to E. Cave Creek Road.
Continue on E. Cave Creek Road for about 4 miles to Bartlett Dam Road.
Continue heading east on Bartlett Dam Road for 12.8 miles to a T junction.
At the junction make a left turn onto N. Lake Road (FR 459).
Drive NE on North Lake Road for 4 miles to SB Cove.
At SB Cove, drive onto the large dirt/gravel area near the lake and continue driving until you see the concrete launch ramp. Park next to the ramp and leave your pass in plain view. The beach here is shallow gravel and ideal for launching a kayak.
Restrooms are located nearby.

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