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Tortilla Super Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Loop 17.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,110 feet
Elevation Gain 1,400 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 10.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 35.3
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes
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35  2014-12-12 bballard
12  2013-01-19
Hoolie Bacon - Peters Trail Loop
5  2011-03-20 wallyfrack
19  2011-03-20 Tortoise_Hiker
30  2008-02-14 gpsjoe
18  2007-05-05 wallyfrack
author avatar Guides 16
Routes 123
Photos 2,810
Trips 140 map ( 1,516 miles )
Age 79 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov → Early
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:43am - 7:18pm
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Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2020 Sawtooth Fire24.7k
🔥 2019 Woodbury Fire123.8k
🔥 2011 Tortilla Fire10.5 mi*
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Great with water!!
by gpsjoe

This loop clocked at 17.82 miles on my GPS odometer. It is long and strenuous, involving 5 trails I did in February 2008 after some significant rainfall that left plenty of water in the Superstitions' creeks and streams. I started the hike from the Peters Trailhead and went clockwise first over the road a short distance (0.18 miles) to the JF Trailhead and then making all right turns onto the JF Trail (0.77 miles), Hoolie Bacon (4.70 miles), Red Tanks (3.75 miles), Dutchman Trail (1.12 miles) and Peters Trail (7.30 miles).

You can either park at the trailhead off route 88 and add 6.5 miles to the hike or drive to the Peters or JF trailheads (3.25 miles) over a road that requires a 4WD high clearance vehicle. I drove and parked at the Peters trailhead in my stock 2005 4Runner the night before the hike and started hiking at daybreak a few minutes before 7:00 AM. The 4Runner handled the road well, going at a snail's pace over some of the larger rocks there. I did earn some Arizona pinstripes on washed-out parts of that road. I would have no hesitation driving out there again.

Parts of this hike rate highly and parts not so high. I would rate the first mile over the road and JF trails a 1, the entire Hoolie Bacon trail a 2, the first 1.5 miles of the Red Tanks through the Upper LaBarge box is a 4 when large amounts of water are present, and a 3 when it is dry, the remaining 2.25 miles of the Red Tanks and the 1.12 miles of the Dutchman rates a 3 with lots of water and a 2 when dry. The Peters trail provides great down-canyon views as it climbs off of the Dutchmans trail and descends back to the Peters trailhead and rates a 3, in my opinion.

There were many stream crossings along the way. My boots were capable of handling 2 to 3 inches of water which I did on a couple of crossings, so my socks remained dry. A little more rain, unusual as it may be, and some of the crossings would be wet.

Because you pass very near Charlebois spring, the most reliable water source in the Superstitions, it would always be possible to backpack for a one-nighter camping there while doing this loop. I finished at 5:45 PM and was back on route 88 just before dark. Another excellent day hiking!!

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2008-02-15 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
Strictly 4x4

To Tortilla Trailhead
From the junction of Idaho Road & SR-88, follow SR-88 23.0 miles east to FR-213.

If you do not have 4x4, you will need to park here and hike 3.4 miles to the trailhead. Otherwise, drive in. The first 0.25-mile section is the most difficult.

The trailhead is not well defined. If you are hiking out on Peter's Trail #105, steer right(west) at the end to the old windmill and water tower. If you are hiking out on JF Trail #106 or Hoolie Bacon Trail #111, continue straight/right to the fence. JF Trail #106 takes off immediately. Hoolie #111 is 0.8 miles off of #106.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 60.7 mi - about 1 hour 50 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 154 mi - about 3 hours
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 205 mi - about 4 hours
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
Avoid Heat Illness - stay cool

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