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Rock Wall Trail #608, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,002 feet
Elevation Gain 1,073 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,136 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
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Rock Wall Bear Foot Loop
10  2019-08-09 jochal
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Bearfoot-Rockwall-Pine Point
17  2015-08-29
Strawberry Sampler
11  2015-08-29
Strawberry Canyon & Mountain Loop
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7  2010-07-25
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Author JimmyLyding
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Location Walnut Creek, CA
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Old Road with Historic Rock Retaining Walls
by JimmyLyding

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There are two possible trailheads to begin this hike from its southern end. The Strawberry trailhead which is located 1/4 mile west of SR 87 mile post 270 on the south side provides the most parking, but there is also a small parking pullout at the beginning of this hike about 100 feet west of the same mile post on the north side of the highway.

This hike follows an old jeep trail up from SR 87 to the north. There is a fork at the beginning, and you want to veer to the right. There is another apparent fork about 200 feet up from there where the trail intersects a power line. Go left here in a northeasterly direction rather than following the power line. The trail here is fairly steep and rocky.

The trail quickly ascends the west side of a small knob of the Mogollon Rim that lies north of the town of Pine and east of the hamlet of Strawberry. The drainage you are climbing above flows from Fuller Spring which eventually runs into Strawberry Creek. The trail's condition improves as the grade lessens, and it is quite pleasant here with views into the Fuller Spring canyon and points west. The trail sticks to the south side of this drainage before reaching its head above Fuller Spring where it button hooks to the northwest before meandering in a roughly northward fashion towards SR 87.

The portion of this trail that travels up the Fuller Spring drainage is marked by well-constructed rock walls that support the path as it traverses the various drainages coming off of the Mogollon Rim.

The trail eventually tops out on the Mogollon Rim, and it's not a dramatic climax due to the Rim's gradual slope here. The trail has been fairly exposed to this point other than the portions when it crosses the rock-walled drainages, but it's now very exposed in chaparral vegetation. The official name of this trail changes from FR 608T to FR 608, and you can follow it all the way to SR 87. To continue on to SR 87 follow FR 608 to FR 9367R. Go right (east) at this junction for a few hundred feet before turning left (north) to continue along FR 608.

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2010-07-27 JimmyLyding
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Rock Wall Trail #608
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    Bearfoot-Rockwall-Pine Point
    Two goals for the day.

    Get out to Peak 6979 and Pine Point to check out the views and find the old BSA Trail, "The Wise Trail" and attempt to follow it.

    Bearfoot Trail to Rockwall 608 to get up to the top. Next on 9388D until it faded out. From hear an easy .6 mile to Peak (Bump) 6979. A short walk past this you are on the rocky rim. Sweet views and what appears to a future goal of a cairned route down. = :next: [ youtube video ]

    Back up 9388D to where I'd penciled in where I thought the Wise Trail would be, if it existed. After searching the area where it looked like you could potentially get down, I stumbled on the trail sign the Scouts had made, as well as one of their metal tags hanging from a tree. The way down was not obvious from here. Being solo and losing light, I decided it was smart to save this for another day, from the bottom, up. I made my way back down the Rockwall Trail, to my awaiting ride.
    Rock Wall Trail #608
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    Strawberry Sampler
    Joe put together a winner here. :y:

    Starting from the Strawberry TH located just north of Pine, we crossed Rt87 and made our way for Strawberry Canyon. This was a big unknown, but what a total gem it turned out to be. I found a couple of tree stands in the area and Joe decided to climb one to pose. As he was up there, a herd of 20+ Elk ran past us, just 100 yards out. We could hear them bugling up canyon from us for awhile.

    We took our time and enjoyed the sweet canyon views :next: ... 5Co8

    At the second major branch in the canyon, we took the right fork. The canyon started getting a lot more choked with debris. We went up and around one 20' slot and finally made the call to try to make up some time by getting out of the canyon. It was a steep climb out and we had to dodge much Manzanita, but once we hit Coconino County, the traveling became much easier.

    We hit up a couple of forest roads making our way over to the Rock Wall #608 (aka BC Trail). Been a few years since we'd been on this one, with the gang that helped name the trail. Kyle the Heartless, Stealers Wheel, Bright Lights Lyding, Joe Joe the Wonder Chimp, and yours truly. Mare Czinar, who writes a hiking column for the AZ Republic, hiked this trail April 22, 2015, and referred to it as the Rock Wall Trail. So I guess the name is now official!

    Next it was back over Rt 87 to hop on the Pine-Strawberry Trail. This trail is being primped for the upcoming "Fire on the Rim" MTB race. There were a few out making practice runs. It got a little warm on this section, but there were storms a brewin' all around us. We got lucky enough to be under pretty much full cloud cover the the remainder of the hike and w/o any rain

    A bit of a road walk/climb to get around the southwest of Strawberry Mountain, we followed what appeared to be old and faded logging roads almost all the way to the non-existent "Peak". (Make sure to get the proper permissions from the property owners before attempting to climb the mountain from this side). The views to the East from on top of Strawberry Mountain towards Pine were pretty darn nice :next: ... mBiA

    All that was left was the steep scramble Down/Up/Down back to the truck.

    Lightning Storm over Apache Junction on the way home. :next: ... pNtI
    Rock Wall Trail #608
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    Strawberry Canyon & Mountain Loop
    Strawberry Canyon
    The first 2.5 miles was the highlight of the day. Bruce spotted a hunter tree stand after a mile. I climbed it and a herd of about 20 elk passed nearby. We continued on an nearly returned to nature road until it petered out. The canyon got better with each step. A trickle flow of water on occasion. Rock obstacles and cascades made it nicer than anticipated. Turning right into the upper origin it just got nicer. Unfortunately travel became more of a hassle than either of us desired. We took a steep ascent up to a ridge then onto the road. It was a workout but figure we saved 1-2 hours. We had shade until exiting the canyon, the temps picked up quick.

    Rock Wall Trail #608
    Time flies! Five years after a group hike with Jim, SleepyKyle and Chris we returned to the fabled land of mystery. Not the 111 degrees in the Valley but the oven was set to broil so we utilized the umbrellas walking down memory lane.

    Pine Strawberry Trail #15
    A popular trail today for pre-riders of the Fire on the Rim Race coming Sept 12th. Looks like it has received some maintenance over the years too. Shocked this one doesn't see more triplogs. The upper portion is very nice. Less and less shade on the bottom two thirds but nice views and the trail is in great shape.

    Strawberry Mountain
    Get permission before attempting the loop we hiked. Outstanding views overlooking Pine.
    Rock Wall Trail #608
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    Started from larger parking area about a quarter mile north of the official trailhead, on the west side of the road. Plenty of parking there. No facilities though. Followed Trail #15 south, crossing AZ 87 through a large gap in the fence. At the official trailhead, there is wire-wrap gate, but just north a few yards, on top of a small rise, is a normal gate. I used that. I hate trying to get the wire loop back over the pole on wire-wrap gates. :oplz:

    There is no foot trail. It is all old jeep trail. (Or, wagon trail.) It is rocky until you get up over the rim, in about three miles, but the rocks are flat, not ankle breakers, so you can make good pace. I actually jogged bit on the way back down. : rambo : Though not a trail runner, I think Rock Wall Trail #608 would make a great trail run: Decent elevation gain (800 feet in three miles, most of that in the first two), decent surface, at an elevation that makes your lungs work a bit more.

    Found something called the "Bear Foot Trail", which ... uhh ... bears further exploration. *ba-ding-TISH!!!* :app: Thank you, thank you, try the veal, don't forget to tip your wait staff ...

    I met a local along the way who told me #608 is the original road from Strawberry to the top of the Rim, before AZ 87 was built. The ascent is mild, the road well graded (especially originally), and great care obviously taken in safety features such as the fill & retaining walls. With but one exception (possibly washed away), every drainage is crossed with a culvert & fill to maintain grade. Pretty cool from an engineering stand point. :)

    A little bit past the max elevation (~7050 ft.), I turned west on FR 9367R 1.5 miles to AZ 87, where I had a snack. I spent 40 minutes on a tree stump, filming cars, hoping for some decent footage of a sufficiently large truck to end my video with. (Because it just seemed like a good idea to contrast that against the older road. :-k )

    The Wall:
    Rock Wall Trail #608
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    I did this as a lunch break hike while working in Strawberry. This was a nice little hike to the top of the Mogollon Rim up a forested canyon, that felt secluded despite being near highway 87. Skies were partly cloudy when I began, but a thunderstorm appeared over the Rim by the time I reached Fuller Spring. I continued up through ponderosa pines and coconino sandstone until I reached what seemed like the edge of the Rim at the 6700 foot level, where I turned around amid ominous clouds and thunder. Got down in 20 minutes, and never did get rained on. Thanks for posting this hike Jim, I enjoyed it.
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    Oak Walnut Strawberry Salad
    I really enjoyed this hike more than I expected. Jim got us up to the Strawberry TH (unmarked, at the 270 mile marker), where we met The Stillernator, aka Stiller, aka Chris, Tough Boots, aka Kyle, and set up the shuttle back to the Pine TH.

    The first bit until you get to the Bradshaw Meadow Watershed Project was a bit bla, but then there was some great terrain and views. Not that tough of a hike but enough to get a workout. Views from Trail #15 (the Strawberry-Pine Trail from what I've been able to find) were pretty darn nice. Blue skies and Big white puffy Fraley's were a welcome site. We took a bit of lunch at the Strawberry TH and then started the journey across Rt 87 to what is now known as Rock Wall Trail 608T. This is an old jeep trail that starts at Rt 87 and cuts off some distance going north to meet Rt 87 once again. Someone put a bunch of work into this route building 20' tall rock retaining walls on the inside corners of the switchbacks in at least 5 different places. I was impressed. But then again I'm easily impressed. This trail had one rocky section that was a bit hard on the feet after a day of hiking, but it didn't last long.

    A great day of hiking with new partners Chris (Stiller) and Kyle (Tough Boots minus the Beard).
    Equally great to see and jab with Jim again and thanks for driving! (Beware of the gas station breakfasts)
    Joe-Joe as always great hiking w/ you.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Take SR 87 north from Payson past the town of Pine. If you've reached Strawberry then you've gone too far. There are two possible trailheads to begin this hike from its southern end. The Strawberry trailhead which is located 1/4 mile west of SR 87 mile post 270 on the south side provides the most parking, but there is also a small parking pullout at the beginning of this hike about 100 feet west of the same mile post on the north side of the highway.
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