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Carter-Nuttall Trail #315, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Tucson > Safford
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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,656 feet
Elevation Gain -752 feet
Accumulated Gain 25 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 0.78
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22  2018-06-09
Clark Peak Trail #301
15  2014-10-16
Pinaleno Mountains - GET #10
9  2014-10-16
Pinaleno Mountains - GET #10
11  2007-11-04
Clark Peak Trail #301
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Sun  6:07am - 6:18pm
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Overview: This is an unmaintained and likely decommissioned old trail that connects with the Clark Peak Trail #301 in a saddle just west of Clark Peak, and descends into upper Nuttall Canyon. The Carter-Nuttall Trail may connect with Nuttall Ridge Trail #319 at Hells Hole Creek, but the exact length of the trail is unknown. Statistics listed are a guess. Upper section of the Carter-Nuttall Trail is in okay shape as of 11-2007. The lower end may be damaged from the 2004 Nuttall Fire, and would likely be very difficult to follow.

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    Carter-Nuttall Trail #315
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    As I start this, let me say that nothing IMO beats the Arizona Trail. I have tons of awesome memories from it for life. But if you want to do a long-distance trail that is truly RUGGED? More rugged than the AZT? Then get on the GET. So far I've done 11 segments of the GET, and 2 of them already have been more difficult than any segment of the AZT, solely factoring distance and elevation. That's not even considering the route finding and bushwhacking; most if not all of the segments (once the GET leaves the AZT in segment 5) have these challenges, since no one maintains the trails and they are so remote. This segment was by far no exception, with a number of miles of route finding and, in some places, fairly dense vegetation.

    A few other HAZ people working on the GET wanted to go but we couldn't get the dates nailed down, so JJ and I did it. As usual, we hiked in opposite directions. Anticipating this might be a doozy, I was able to find a marathon runner friend in town (Norm) to go out and do this one with me.

    Left the house at 3:30am, swapped Jeeps with JJ at 5:45 in Thatcher, and I was hiking a few minutes before 7am. There are a few places on this segment where the trail is almost gone, but by far the worst of it is in the first 12 miles. Slowed us down more than we anticipated. JJ was a monster machine, we ran into him just 10 miles into our trip. We finally reached Webb Peak at 4pm, and started the 8.5-mile descent.

    Other than underestimating the route finding, Norm and I did make one crucial oversight; he didn't have the GPS track on him and we didn't have walkie talkies or anything to communicate. He and I are opposites in that he is fast on climbing elevation but slow on the downs; I'm fast on the downhills but not on the uphills. Because he didn't have a track, 2-3 times he had to wait for me to catch up to him to let him know which direction to go for a total of about an hour wasted. If he hadn't had to wait for me, I could have caught up to him going down. Then, going down I waited for him, which put us both doing the last part of this segment in the dark, and became very slow. We didn't finish until a few minutes before 8:30pm and didn't get back home until midnight.

    Through this segment we saw a number of piles of bear scat, especially on the western side, and even fresh bear paw prints in the water around Ash Creek. JJ's right, the waterfalls and flows in Ash Creek were pretty awesome. We also saw tons of those balls that when you step on them, they put out green smoke. Do you know what I'm talking about? Everywhere! :)

    Thanks JJ for getting us going again; it's been too long. 11 segments, 32% of mileage completed (69% of Arizona).

    Aspen groves were gorgeous.
    Carter-Nuttall Trail #315
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    This was my first time on the Clark Peak Trail, and it surpassed my expectations. Endless views, good chunks of green forest, and the feeling that I was walking through the sky made for a great hike. A few aspens still held their golden leaves on this rather warm, autumn day.

    The Swift Trail closes beyond Heliograph Peak on Nov. 15, :cry: so I thought I'd better get up in the 2 mile high country one more time this year. A spur of the moment decision was made, and off I went. Started hiking just after 3 pm, and got to the top of Clark Peak (the world's easiest peak bag) in no time. I signed the summit register, and checked out the remains of the fire tower. It looked like the forest service just kicked the tower over when they were done with it. Relaxed on the summit for a few minutes, until the sound of the gentle breeze was replaced by work calling :gun: Heading down, I hiked a little further, until I got to the Carter-Nuttall Trail junction, where more work calls, subsequent anger, and the soon to be setting sun turned me around. I did check out a few hundred yards of the Carter-Nuttall Trail before heading back though, and it looked like it could be a scenic hike for someone with plenty of time and determination.

    So, the drive was twice as long as my hike :lol:
    Good times though. I'll be back next spring.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Safford, head south on U.S. highway 191. Turn west onto state highway 366 (a.k.a. Swift Trail). Follow highway 366 (which later turns into forest road 803) approximately 33.5 miles to its very end at the unsigned Clark Peak Trailhead (stay right at turnoff for Riggs Lake). Follow the Clark Peak Trail #301 for about 1.5 miles to the signed (as of November 2007) junction with the Carter-Nuttall Trail #315, in a saddle below the west side of Clark Peak.
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