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East Divide Trail #287 - Galiuro, AZ

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 22 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,994 feet
Elevation Gain 2,319 feet
Accumulated Gain 5,688 feet
Avg Time One Way 10-14 hrs
Kokopelli Seeds 40.96
Interest Seasonal Creek
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26  2021-03-20
Powers Garden
2  2020-11-14
Bassett Peak
30  2020-11-14
Deer Creek to High Creek
22  2020-11-11 Pivo
15  2020-11-10
Bassett Peak
13  2020-02-16
Kennedy Peak Trail #287A
20  2019-11-16
High Creek-Holdout Spring
32  2019-11-16
High Creek-Holdout Spring
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The fabulous views keep coming along all 22 miles of this ridgetop trail. It snakes its way among the highest peaks in the Galiuros and sidesteps several of its significant canyons' upper reaches. From the trailhead in Deer Creek, the East Divide Trail wanders its way along shallow drainages and grassy flats to the upper reaches of Oak Creek. It then follows this drainage to the top of the easternmost of the two ridges, which divide the Galiuros. Once atop the East Divide, the trail follows a ridgeline route past Kennedy, Sunset, and Bassett Peaks, offering good views of other prominent points in the mountain range, including Kielberg, Grassy, and Rhodes Peaks, as well as Biscuit, Maverick, and Cake Mountains. A quarter-mile side trip takes you to an even more impressive panorama atop Kennedy Peak, where the views stretch toward all compass points.

From the high ridge of the Galiuros' East Divide, the trail drops into the upper reaches of Douglas Canyon, where stands of Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, and aspen provide the scenery. Paddys River, Sunset Canyon, and Redfield Canyon add more drama to the topography. Both to the east and the west, as the trail passes its junction with the High Creek Trail #290 and continues to the point where Bassett Peak Trail #287B tackles Bassett Peak's 7,663-foot summit, highest in the Galiuros. Here, the East Divide Trail drops off the high ridge and switchbacks down into Ash Creek Canyon, completing the last leg of its long and notable journey.

The East Divide Trail is also accessible via several other Galiuro Wilderness trails, including Tortilla #254, Corral Canyon #291, Paddys River #293, and High Creek #290 trails.

Portions of this trail can be challenging to follow. A topographic map and compass should be an essential part of your equipment when visiting here.

20.2 miles of this trail is within the Galiuro Wilderness.

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This is a difficult hike. It would be insane to attempt this entire hike without prior experience hiking.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot

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    High Clearance possible when dry

    To Ash Creek Trailhead

    From Mesa by CannondaleKid
    1. From I-10 & US 60 go ~72 miles EAST on the US 60 to the US 60/US 70 junction in Globe.
    2. Turn RIGHT onto US 70 and go SOUTH-EAST 76.5 miles the US 70/SR 191 junction in Safford.
    3. Turn RIGHT onto SR 191 and go SOUTH 16.7 miles to the SR 191/SR 266 junction.
    4. Turn RIGHT onto SR 266 and go WEST 19.3 miles to Bonita.
    5. Turn LEFT onto Fort Grant Road and go SOUTH .2 mile to High Creek Road
    6. Turn RIGHT onto High Creek Road and go WEST 13.6 miles to Sunset Loop Road.
    7. Turn LEFT onto Sunset Loop Road and go SOUTH 3.5 miles to FR 660.
    8. Turn RIGHT onto FR 660 and go .7 mile to the last prudent stop with low clearance vehicle.
    9. Continue another .5 mile to last area more than one vehicle can be parked.
    10. Continue .2 mile to the sign declaring the start of the trail.

    Thatcher/Safford bypass:
    If you don't plan on stopping for food/fuel in town and don't mind driving 60-65 mph on relatively smooth dirt roads you can save 6 miles and a good 40-60 minutes by avoiding Thatcher/Safford altogether. To do so just replace steps 2 through 5 above with the following:
    2. Turn RIGHT onto US 70 and go SOUTH-EAST 61.5 miles the US 70/Graham County 40(Klondyke Road) junction.
    3. Turn RIGHT onto GC 40/Klondyke Road and go SOUTH-WEST ~24 miles to the GC 40/Aravaipa Road junction.
    4. Turn LEFT onto Aravaipa Road and go SOUTH ~20 miles to Bonita.
    5. Turn RIGHT onto Fort Grant Road and go SOUTH .2 mile to High Creek Road

    From Phoenix or Tucson - GPS Route - by Randal Schulhauser
    1. Take I-10 east about 190 miles until you reach Wilcox AZ
    2. Take exit 340 for Fort Grant Road.
    3. Travel about 18 miles north on Fort Grant Road.
    4. At the stop sign, turn left onto Ash Creek Road.
    5. Travel about 3 miles west until you reach the 4-way stop at the intersection of Ash Creek Road and Fort Grant Road.
    6. Continue west leaving the pavement onto the graded dirt road. This is the start of the Sunset Loop.
    7. Travel 14.3 miles along the Sunset Loop until you reach FR660 located near bend in the Sunset Loop Road that heads north.
    8. Take FR660 about 2 1/4 miles to the Trail Head. (may be more like 1.4 miles)

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 231 mi, 4 hours 42 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 122 mi, 2 hours 59 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 374 mi, 7 hours 2 mins
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