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Tule Loop, AZ

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Distance Loop 11.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,000 feet
Elevation Gain 1,300 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,300 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 7 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 28.3
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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33  2021-02-20
Pinyon Mountain - Supes
20  2020-03-28 wallyfrack
11  2017-01-07 Tortoise_Hiker
24  2016-01-16
Eastern Supes Tule to Campaign
17  2015-01-24 hikerdw
14  2014-11-22
Campaign Trail #256
37  2013-04-12 friendofThunderg
22  2007-12-22 gpsjoe
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Author gpsjoe
author avatar Guides 16
Routes 123
Photos 2,810
Trips 140 map ( 1,516 miles )
Age 78 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:34am - 7:28pm
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Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2019 Woodbury Fire123.8k
🔥 1970 Cottonwood Fire6.8k
🔥 View All over Official Route 🔥

Warning the 2019 Woodbury Fire & 2020 Sawtooth Fire damaged a majority of the Superstition Wilderness.
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Tule is a scenic loop hike that takes you up to Pinyon Peak at 5,240 feet revealing some great views of Roosevelt and Apache Lakes, Four Peaks and all surrounding mountains. After the peak Sun_hiker and I hiked across the ridge on the 2 Bar Ridge trail to the Tule trail where we dropped down into Tule Canyon and hiked 3 miles in the Tule Canyon to get us back to our vehicle to end the 11.8 mile loop. This is a delightful mixture of a peak, a ridgeline and a canyon.

Along the loop at 0.9 miles of hiking on FR83 we reached the 2 Bar Ridge Trailhead & Parking Lot. There are no issues hiking on the road. The reason we parked 0.9 miles before the actual 2 Bar trailhead is to do the 500 feet of elevation in the morning rather than at the end of the hike.

At 1.7 miles we reached Pinyon Peak hiking 2 Bar and an off-trail piece. Our off trail route is one of many that could be selected. From the 2Bar TH parking lot we hiked uphill on the trail about 1/4th mile to the signs and open gate and started immediately off trail there. After visiting the peak with its beautiful views, we continued hiking across the mountain descending to an opening in the barbed wire fence and re-connecting with the 2 Bar Ridge trail. This seemed to be a route with the most gradual up and down even though it was steep. The gain was 750 feet in 0.8 miles. At 4.7 miles we reached the signed intersection of 2 Bar Ridge and Tule Trails hiking on the 2 Bar Ridge trail. This was my fourth time doing the loop and there have been some positive changes since the 3rd time. The 2 Bar Ridge trail is part of the Arizona Trail system. There are now many, many more cairns on it than ever probably as a result of volunteer work by the Arizona trail organization. Navigating the trail is now much easier as a result.

At 8.8 miles we reached Tule Canyon at a Coral there hiking on the Tule Trail. The first part of the Tule trail follows a scenic ridgeline. It then begins a steep descent through a rocky channel and goes on using a narrow shelf that is partially eroded. These are not difficult spots but they will slow you down a bit if, like me, you don't want to fall off the mountain.

At 11.8 miles we reached the car by hiking off-trail through Tule Canyon. Hiking in the canyon is surprisingly easy. About 80 percent of the trail is on the wide sandy bottom of the canyon. There is one waterfall (usually with some water flowing from Tule springs but not too much) where we had to hike up, around and down again to get by. Tall spidermen may be able to go directly up. The remaining few rock formations can be hiked using a direct approach. At about 1/3rd mile from the car you must know where to climb out of the drainage. There are no markers and you have to pick sand channels through the vegetation to get up the 200 feet or so of elevation to the rim and then to your car. Not at all difficult to find with a mapping GPS and the track loaded. Even way pointing your car will let you navigate to it from inside the canyon.

Notes: The hike is 11.8 miles and 3,300 feet of cumulative elevation when started from a point on the loop off of Forest Road 83. The hike also can be done from the Tule Trailhead and it then is a lasso hike of 14.4 miles and 3,600 feet of cumulative elevation. Having done it both ways, my preference is the 11.8 mile loop.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2007-12-24 gpsjoe
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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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Map Drive
High Clearance possible when dry

To hike
Tule Trailhead: From SR 188 turn off onto 449 (also called J-B road) just past milepost 235 Follow 449 to the first fork and go right to the Tule Trailhead at the end of this road. Sedans can access the Tule Trailhead off of road 188.

2 Bar Ridge Trailhead: About 4 miles past the FR449 turnoff is the FR83 turnoff. After reaching a house there is a signed left turn indicating 4 miles to the Trailhead. I parked on the bottom of the hill next to a barbed wire fence about 0.9 mile before the official trailhead there. You can also start the hike from the trailhead itself. A high clearance vehicle is need on FR83 and 4WD is needed if the road is wet. 4WD is recommended on FR83.
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