|when||Saturday: April 8,2023|
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|where||Four Peaks Wilderness|
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
|distance||9 to 12 miles 9 miles short version if I can find a leader
12 miles for the long version
|EC||+-2200' elevation change|
|elevations||2258' (Trailhead) to 4148' (Boulder Flat)|
|on trail||100% — Ballantine Trail #283|
|hike 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.
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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