DestinationMcKittrick Trail #72
|Hiking||9.50 Miles|| 8 Hrs || ||1.19 mph|
|2,706 ft AEG|| || || |
We parked at the Blue Lookout trailhead and walked down the canyon to Blue Cabin and on to KP Creek. Trail crews haven't visited this area in many, many years, and the route threatens to disappear altogether. Most of the deadfall can be stepped over or around, but in four places the trail is completely blocked and requires time-consuming scrambling. To compensate, the canyon is home to a very noisy bird population. About half a mile from the creek we encountered a group of six women working their way up the trail. They were the only other hikers we saw the entire weekend. We went down KP Creek, passing the camp of the women we met earlier, and turned south on to McKittrick Trail. The first couple miles of this is very enjoyable as the way ascends gradually in and out of draws and onto ridges that provide nice views north across the canyon and up to the face of of Sawed Off Mountain. Then the trail enters McKittick canyon and stays there, climbing steeply with nothing much to look at for another mile. Near the top of the 2700 foot ascent from the creek, the trail breaks into the open again with panoramic views toward Bear Mountain and the Gila to the east. Then its just a leisurly, thirsty stroll past Blue Lookout and back to the trailhead. A beautiful day, well spent, despite the trash on the trail and lack of wildlife encounters.