Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Bassett Peak & Chiricahua NM & Willcox Wine Weekend
when November 10-13, 2022
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 usually is the peak time to be there. We will see cactus, oaks, pines, maple, and aspen. Ramsey Canyon Preserve its notable variety of plant and animal life, including such southwestern specialties as Apache and Chihuahua pines, ridge-nosed rattlesnake, lesser long-nosed bat, elegant trogon and Rivoli’s and Anna’s hummingbirds.
November 10, 2022, Thursday:
    We will go to Willcox and enjoy some vineyards wine tasting, if we plan it well, we could do some short hike before arrive Wilcox. Trail TBD.
November 11, 2022, Friday:
    Chiricahua National Monument, The Big Loop Echo, 9.5 miles, Canyon, Upper Rhyolite Canyon, Sarah Deming, Heart of Rocks Big Balanced Rock, Inspiration Point, Mushroom Rock and Ed Riggs trail; or shorter loop of 7 miles, (Echo Canyon to Heart of Rocks and return). Those who still have energy after the hike can sample some more wine Friday evening.
November 12, 2022, Saturday:
    Bassett Peak Trail, 11 miles or you can turn around anytime, it is in and out. The most beautiful section of Fall color is for the first 2.5 miles or so. Those who still have energy after the hike can sample some more wine Saturday evening. We need high clearance vehicles for this hike. Li will leading the long distance and fast pace group. Lin will lead the slow and short distance group.
November 13, 2022, Sunday:
    We will drive to Ramsey Canyon Preserve to enjoy the beautiful Fall color on 1.4 miles short hike or 7.5 miles of Ramsey Canyon and Hamburg Trail. Drive back home after the hike.
    There are not any houses for rent in the area, so those interested should book hotel rooms in Willcox asap. For those who participating the entire trip, need to book three nights hotel in Wilcox; for some of you, you can drive up on Friday night after work to join us for weekend hikes only. 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). For those who like to share hotel room, please let me know, I will help you to pair it up with who made a reservation.
Limit: 20 people, if we have enough high clearance vehicles for the Bassett Peak hike. Person who has a high clearance vehicle has priority to join the trip.
Group A: Fast and longer distance; Group B: Slower and shorter distance.
distance 5-10 miles
time 3-8 hours
EC +-2800' elevation change
elevations 4970 ft (trailhead) to 7650 ft (top)
type in and out
starting at Bassett Peak Trailhead
on trail 90% — last part to the peak requires a little scrambling for 150 feet
rating "A" or "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Reservations at the lodging of your choice.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Willcox
leader    Email the leader to confirm.
meet 8:00 AM on November 10 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.
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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