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Pine-Strawberry Trail #15, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance One Way 3.95 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,012 feet
Elevation Gain 288 feet
Accumulated Gain 736 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.4
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
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17  2015-08-29
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Strawberry Canyon & Mountain Loop
7  2010-07-25
Oak Springs from Hardscrabble Rd
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Author JimmyLyding
author avatar Guides 111
Routes 431
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Trips 716 map ( 4,298 miles )
Age 47 Male Gender
Location Walnut Creek, CA
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep → 6 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:34am - 7:31pm
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🔥 2021 Backbone Fire114.9 mi**

Scenic Views of Pine and Milk Ranch Point
by JimmyLyding

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Please note that my GPS route, elevation gain, and AEG are from south to north while the hike description is from north to south from the Strawberry trailhead.

The hamlet of Strawberry is named so because the residents who settled the area in the late 19th Century found an abundance of strawberries in the area.

Leave the Strawberry trailhead to the south over the vehicle barrier, and the trail immediately turns to the east. The first few hundred yards are flat and uninspiring due to the vehicle noise from SR 87. Soon enough, however, the trail drops steeply into the upper reaches of the Strawberry Hollow drainage.

The trail then leaves the drainage and follows the eastern contours of Strawberry Mountain about 1/2 mile from the trailhead. The trail then assumes its normal character with alternating views to the east of the town of Pine and the Milk Ranch Point portion of the Mogollon Rim and the tall timber in the small drainages that flow east from Strawberry Mountain. These timbered areas feature Ponderosa Pine, Alligator Juniper, Gambel Oak, Arizona Cypress, and small-ish New Mexico Locust.

The trail continues along the east side of Strawberry Mountain roughly following the 5800' contour until descends to Cottonwood Spring before gently ascending the southeastern part of Strawberry Mountain. From here it quickly descends via a few switchbacks to Hardscrabble Road/FR 428. The Walnut Trail #251 continues to the south of this road.

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2010-07-27 JimmyLyding

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    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Fountain Hills, take SR 87 to Payson. Continue north on SR 87 past the town of Pine. The trailhead is approximately 1/4 mile past mile marker 270 just before entering Strawberry on the south (left) side of the highway.
    page created by JimmyLyding on Jul 26 2010 11:42 pm
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