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Pipeline Trail - Mazatzal, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Mesa NE
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,962 feet
Elevation Gain -210 feet
Accumulated Gain 630 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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10  2015-03-21 hikerdw
13  2014-08-17
Ballantine to Boulder Mtn Swing and a Miss
JuanJaimeiii
10  2014-01-01
Ballantine Cabin & Corral
mazatzal
7  2013-03-17 JuanJaimeiii
30  2012-03-27 CannondaleKid
8  2012-02-16 JuanJaimeiii
20  2008-06-08 joebartels
11  2008-06-08 DarthStiller
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Preferred   Apr, Mar, Nov, Oct → 8 AM
Seasons   Autumn
Sun  6:58am - 5:23pm
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Boulder Bob's Cabin Trail
0.7 mi away
6.0 mi
800 ft
Ballantine Cabin Loop
2.3 mi away
9.3 mi
1,100 ft
Boulder Creek Trail
Boulder Creek Trail
2.5 mi away
10.3 mi
3,216 ft
Black Mesa - Boulder Mtn Quad
Black Mesa - Boulder Mtn Quad
2.6 mi away
1.6 mi
750 ft
Ballantine Trail #283
Ballantine Trail #283
3.0 mi away
10.0 mi
3,484 ft
Peak 3570 - Boulder Mtn Quad
Peak 3570 - Boulder Mtn Quad
3.1 mi away
0.6 mi
330 ft
Beeline Ruins
Beeline Ruins
3.2 mi away
0.1 mi
120 ft
Reno Pass from Ram Valley
3.4 mi away
6.8 mi
1,359 ft
Indian Spring Peak 4900 - Tonto NF
3.8 mi away
5.3 mi
1,069 ft
Diamond Mountain 5120 - Tonto NF
3.8 mi away
1.5 mi
1,191 ft
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an old road
by joebartels

Likely In-Season!
Overview: An old pipeline road that goes to Ballantine Cabin. Accessing the area is more difficult than hiking. Page data listed is for the actual section of trail from the end of FR1704 to Ballantine Cabin. A more logical means for stock 4x4 is to hike the last 1.5mi of road. There is a backup space just before some gnarly tight-n-steep switchbacks in the road at 33.8146 -111.455. This is also the start/end of Boulder Bob's Cabin Trail.


Road Hike: If you are hiking the final 1.5mi of road it's pretty straight forward. One thing to note is when the road stops ascending and comes to a fork. You want to continue right. A left will take you to a coral and Boulder Mountain Spring is near. I'm not sure but presume this is the most dependable spring in the area as it appears the pipeline was put in place to access it.

Hike: The actual trailhead near Mud Springs isn't noticeable in any way other than the road going up turns beyond gnarly. As of this writing an approximately ten year old black tube weaves in and out of the road. I assume it was metal back in the mid 1900's. The entire hike is an old road. From Mud Springs on it appears to be to rough for anything but ATV'ers. We noticed fairly fresh tracks throughout so it appears to get used.

The road contours the mountain over to Ballantine Cabin. It dips and ascends between each ravine making for a slight roller coaster of a hike. It's nothing strenuous. The footing gets a little loose (borderline dangerous) as it's pea sized gravel. Several interesting rock formations are passed along the route. Views looking out and down are pretty nice. Especially Black Mesa across SR87 (Beeline Highway) in the distance.

Although the hike goes up and down the pipeline once worked. Boulder Mtn Spring is just above 4,300ft and Ballantine Cabin is at 3,750ft. A couple steel troughs are passed on route to the cabin.

Summary: This hike was better than anticipated. However, I wouldn't go out of my way to return.

joebartels

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    Strictly 4x4

    To Pipeline Trailhead
    From Scottsdale follow Shea Blvd East to its terminus at SR87. Turn Left (North) onto SR87. Follow SR87(this is the Beeline) 23.8mi to the turnoff for FR1704. The turnoff is not signed. It's 2.4mi past the Ballantine Trailhead. There is a crossover if you are coming from Payson.

    The road turns dirt and goes over Sycamore Creek by means of a concrete passover bridge that would be impassible if the creek was flowing in volume. You're immediately presented with a "T" in the road. Go left and continue on the most used road which soon gets rocky and ascends. It's about 2.9mi (from SR87) to the stock 4x4 option at "Boulder Bob's Cabin Trail" trailhead at (33.8146, -111.455) which is unsigned. It's another 1.5mi to the Pipeline Trailhead at (33.80734, -111.44736). I would not recommend this road in a stock 4x4, however I'm sure it's been done.
    page created by joebartels on May 26 2008 11:03 pm
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