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East Fork Trail #24A, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,685 feet
Elevation Gain 916 feet
Accumulated Gain 972 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 5.44
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
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4  2018-10-19
Santa Catalina Mountains - AZT #11
18  2018-03-24
Soldier Trail to Mount Lemmon
15  2018-03-03
Sabino - Bear Loop
22  2018-02-02
Bear Canyon Trail #29
17  2018-01-19
Palisade Trail #99
13  2017-05-28
Box Camp Trail #22
5  2017-05-28
Box Camp Trail #22
14  2017-03-04
AZT: I-10 to Summerhaven
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan → Any
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:51am - 5:24pm
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Nearby Area Water
West Fork Trail #24 - Sabino
West Fork Trail #24 - Sabino
0.0 mi away
6.3 mi
2,810 ft
Palisade Trail #99
Palisade Trail #99
1.0 mi away
6.2 mi
3,700 ft
Sabino Canyon Trail #23
1.6 mi away
2.7 mi
859 ft
Bear Canyon to Sycamore Dam
Bear Canyon to Sycamore Dam
1.9 mi away
1.8 mi
496 ft
Saddleback Ridge to Point 5001
Saddleback Ridge to Point 5001
2.8 mi away
2.6 mi
2,283 ft
Box Spring Trail #22A
Box Spring Trail #22A
2.9 mi away
0.8 mi
157 ft
Bear Canyon from Catalina Highway
Bear Canyon from Catalina Highway
3.1 mi away
1.0 mi
689 ft
Upper Sabino Canyon
3.2 mi away
12.6 mi
-4,650 ft
Cathedral Rock Trail #26 - Tucson
3.3 mi away
2.9 mi
1,600 ft
Seven Cataracts
Seven Cataracts
3.5 mi away
3.0 mi
492 ft
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by keepmoving

Likely In-Season!
Overview: East Fork #24A does not offer the dramatic desert landscapes or cascading water falls that make many other trails in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness so memorable. This 2.2 mile segment of the Arizona Trail is a fairly simple hike with views that are decent at best. However, #24A is a critical link between six popular trails: Sabino Canyon #23, West Fork Trail #24, Bear Canyon #29, Sycamore Reservoir #39, Palisade #99, and Box Camp #22. Adventurous hikers looking to connect multiple trails and form their own unique hikes while escaping the crowds on Mt. Lemmon and Sabino Canyon are bound to find #24A essential. Although this trail can be hiked in any number of ways, I will describe it as hiked from West to East.

Hike: Starting at the Western terminus with Sabino Canyon #23 and West Fork Trail #24, East Fork #24A departs across the wash heading in a westward direction. This level section ends approximately one tenth of a mile later where you encounter a signed intersection with Box Camp #22.

From here you continue straight along East Fork #24A as it follows its westward path and begins a very gradually climb in elevation as it skirts along the hillside and begins to follow the wash. At first you find that you are above the wash looking down on stagnant pools of green water, but before long you find yourself at the same level as the wash as the trail stretches on. As you make your way closer to Palisade Trail #99 you will be treated to patches of shade provided by the oak trees that line the wash.

One mile past the intersection with Box Camp #22 you will arrive at the intersection with Palisade Trail #99. Those looking for a good spot to take a break would be wise to take advantage of this last opportunity for shade by the wash, as this final 1.1 mile segment will switchback up the hill as it works its way toward its Eastern terminus. Although the trail is not too steep, at least by Push Ridge Wilderness standards, it can be difficult with the midday sun beating down. At the top of the switchbacks you will arrive at a saddle and be greeted with a signpost marking your arrival at the junction with Sycamore Canyon #39 and Bear Canyon #29 and the end of East Fork #24A.

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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking 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.
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.

Permit $$
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There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day use sites.

Catalina State Park $6 per day. Sabino Canyon Tram is $10 extra.

Coronado Forest
MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

Map Drive
Connector trail - Not Applicable

To hike
This connector trail can be accessed from multiple trails, either from Mt. Lemmon or Sabino Canyon:

Bear Canyon #29: 8.3 miles from main Sabino Canyon Parking lot or 7.1 miles from Bear Canyon Rd Parking lot
Sycamore Reservoir #39: 4.35 miles
Palisade #99: 6.2 miles
Box Camp #22: 7.1 miles
Sabino Canyon #23: 2.5 miles*
West Fork #24: 2.2 miles*

*Both Sabino Canyon #23 and West Fork #24 are connector trails themselves and numerous options exist to reach them, mileage provided is for the specific trail segment. Hikers looking to access #24A using these options must do further research to determine actual distance.
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