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 Alpine - South
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Distance One Way 2.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,727 feet
Elevation Gain -1,230 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.35
Interest Perennial Creek
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Trips 248 map ( 429 miles )
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Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
71  2014-06-21
Blue Range Primitive Area
friendofThunderg
17  2012-04-11
Bear Wallow Trail #63
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5  2011-10-08 Rick Vincent
5  2011-05-23 Lost
4  2009-08-23 keepmoving
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Map - Apache-Sitgreaves NF Map
Forest Apache - Sitgreaves
Wilderness Blue Range Primitive Area
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0.9  Long Cienega Trail #305
1.0  KP Rim Loop
1.9  Greenlee County High Point 9441
1.9  Upper Grant Creek Trail #65 - Blue Range
2.5  KP South Fork #70
2.5  Blue Cabin Ruins Trail
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Apache - Sitgreaves FS Reports There's more reasons to hike this cool woodland trail than just because it offers an alternate, slightly shorter access route to the KP Trail at the bottom of KP Canyon. For one thing, it leads to one of the most scenic areas in the Blue Primitive Area, the confluence of the north and south forks of KP Creek. This spot is marked by steep, rocky outcrops and a couple of ten foot waterfalls. You'll want to spend some time here, so remember to pack a picnic lunch along with your camera and bird book. Sheltered riparian areas with their diverse vegetation and accessible moisture attract a variety of colorful songbirds.

The route to this beautiful little hideout is scenic in its own right. The North Fork Trail quickly leaves the upland habitat of its origin for the more lush confines of a deepening canyon and its well established streamside community of plants and animals. As the trail dives down the steep slopes of the North Fork drainage, it is highlighted by the lush green of box elders, sawtooth maple and healthy stands of poison ivy that cluster near the streambed. Within a half mile of the confluence, the canyon of the South Fork comes into view and rocky outcrops give a hint of the canyon landscape that is up ahead. The North Fork Trail and the KP Trail join about ten yards upstream of the two waterfalls that mark the confluence in a beautiful spot that will have you looking for a place to sit down and enjoy the view, as you contemplate whether to continue downstream a bit before you decide which trail to take back to the high country.

Notes:
No mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) permitted in Primitive area. A loop hike via the KP Trail is an option if you set up a shuttle in KP Cienega or hike the 3.3 miles between the two trailheads.

Trail Log:
0.0 Trailhead parking area which is shared with KP Rim Trailhead. Trail follows an old logging road for the first 0.7 miles
0.7 Trail leaves logging road
0.8 Trail switchbacks down to a creekside trail
1.5 Trail contours around a tributary coming in from the north
2.4 Junction with KP Trail #70. There is a water fall just downstream

USGS Maps: Strayhorse
One-Way Notice: This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.

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    Directions
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    To hike
    From Alpine, drive south on US 191 about 25 miles to the North Fork KP/KP Rim Trailhead. This trailhead is generally plowed for winter use. The North Fork KP Trail is also accessible via the KP Trail #70
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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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