Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Cottonwood Canyon Day Hike
when Saturday, March 2, 2019
where Roosevelt Lake
the hike     This will be a one-way exploratory hike since I have not hiked it before. Chuck led a hike on a portion of this trail in 1999, so the trail has probably changed since then.
    We will drop cars off at the Vineyard Trailhead just north of the bridge at Roosevelt Dam and then drive all the hikers south on SR 188 to FR 83 and turn right (west). Drive about 3 miles on unpaved road, through 3 gates. When the road gets too rough we will park and walk the less than a mile to the AZT. Hike mostly downhill through Cottonwood Canyon toward Roosevelt lake. The trail may be steep and rocky for a portion of the way. Eventually we’ll walk across the bridge to where we left the cars.
    Passage 21 of the Arizona Trail is described on pages 158-164 of Arizona National Scenic Trail by Matthew J. Nelson, Wilderness Press, 2014.
distance 11.5 miles
time 6 hours
EC 3000 ft descent
elevations 5000 ft to 2000 ft
type one way
starting at
Two Bar Ridge Trailhead 33° 36.391' N,  111° 6.820' W  [NAD27]
ending at
Vineyard Trailhead 33° 40.636' N,  111° 9.667' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Arizona Trail passage 19, Two Bar Ridge to Vineyard Trailhead
rating "B"     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 Roosevelt
leader    Email the leader to confirm.
meet 6:30 AM in the parking lot of the Target Center on the south side of Shea Blvd., about a mile west of Highway 87 (Beeline). For those leaving their cars behind, please park closest to Shea.
drive
•  Take the Beeline Highway (Arizona 87) north toward Payson.
Exit on SR 188 and head southeast.
Just before you reach the bridge, there is parking on the left.
We will meet there and consolidate cars so we can leave one or two.
Proceed southeast on SR 188, past the turnoff to Tonto National Monument, and turn right (west) on FR 83.
We need high clearance vehicles for the drive up FR 83.

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