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Bees Knees Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Loop 7.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,246 feet
Elevation Gain 1,202 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,100 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 18.4
Interest Ruins, Historic, Seasonal Creek & Peak
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South Mountain Mine Trails
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Author Dartmoor Hiker
author avatar Guides 1
Routes 1
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 8 miles )
Age 59 Male Gender
Location Chandler, AZ USA
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → 9 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:19am - 7:40pm
Official Route
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Good to be new
by Dartmoor Hiker

Locals adaption before the current Preserve Trails Master Plan. Now follow...
Pyramid > Bursera > National > Lost Ranch Mine Trail > Pyramid

Bees Knees Trail
This hike incorporates the new Bees Knees Trail in area 620 of South Mountain. This is one of the two new trails built in 2010.

The route is relatively easy to follow as it is all well-made paths, notably the new Bees Knees Trail, which is the first part of the hike.

To start the hike I followed the directions in an AZ Central article. I went down the gravel road past the yellow end of road sign. After about 1000 feet, turn right up a wash, and after another 1000 feet, you will come to a cairn on the west side of the wash showing the trail's start. You can cut out this first part of the hike by walking up 19th Avenue and crossing the wash at that point.

The first part of the trail is reasonably level, and by keeping left at each fork, you will start going up the Bees Knees trail as it traverses the ridge you can see to the north. The Bees Knees trail goes on for about 3 miles when you bear left at another fork to go up the steepish Kebo Trail.

The Kebo trail links up with the National Trail after about 0.5 miles, and when you get the National Trail, bear right going north on the National Trail.

Follow the National trail for about 2 miles, and before you get to Goat Hill, keep an eye out for a trail on the right-hand side going down. This is the Mine Drop trail. This gets quite steep in places, and the ground is loose so take it slow and easy. Once you get the bottom, follow the cairns into a big wash and follow this wash down until you reach the beginning of the Bees Knees Trail and get back to the trailhead.

Note - a more comfortable route round might be to reverse and go up the Mine Drop trail.

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2011-01-02 Dartmoor Hiker
    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 Pyramid Trailhead
    From I-10 going S exit on 202/Pecos Road. Go W on Pecos Road for about 9 miles and turn right on 17th Avenue. Turn left on to Chandler Boulevard and go to end of road and park where road is closed off at 19th Avenue.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 22.6 mi, 28 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 104 mi, 1 hour 46 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 166 mi, 2 hours 48 mins
    page created by Dartmoor Hiker on Jan 02 2011 4:41 pm
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