Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Ballantine Trail and Cabin Day Hike
when Saturday: April 8,2023
Trip Report : March 9, 2019
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  Trip Report : January 27, 2007
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  Trip Report : February 26, 2005
  Trip Report : March 8, 2003
where Four Peaks Wilderness
the hike     The trail takes you through gorgeous Sonoran Desert. We may see many beautiful flowers blooming if we are lucky. This is an exploratory hike after Ballantine Cabin since I have not hiked that specific part of the trail before. People who would prefer a shorter hike can return the same way we came. We’ll start off on the south portion of the Pine Creek Loop, taking in views of the surrounding mountains. Then proceed uphill on the Ballantine Trail, through the Camp Creek area, to an area called Boulder Flat. We’ll see a lot of misshapen boulders and see whose imagination is the most creative!
At about the 3 miles mark, we will turn left uphill then descend to the historic Ballantine Cabin. After that, we will continue to proceed on the trail past a small water fall area and continue south another 1.5 to 2 miles before bushwhacking to the Ballantine trail. From there we will return to the trail the same way we came.
    This hike is described on pages 238-242 of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Phoenix by Charles Liu.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 9 to 12 miles 9 miles short version if I can find a leader
12 miles for the long version
time 6-8 hours
EC +-2200' elevation change
elevations 2258' (Trailhead) to 4148' (Boulder Flat)
type round trip
starting at
Ballantine Trailhead 33° 45.872' N,  111° 29.562' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Ballantine Trail #283
hike rating "B+"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Fountain Hills
leader    Email the leader to confirm.
This hike will be co-led by Tom Simonick.
meet 7:15 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 up against the north curb away from Target.
drive The trailhead is just past milepost 210 on the Beeline Highway (Arizona 87), 21 miles north of the intersection of Shea Blvd. and Fountain Hills, and 7 miles north of the road to Four Peaks.

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