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Midnight Mesa Loop - Mazatzal, AZ

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 36 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,088 feet
Accumulated Gain 7,800 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 61.99
Interest Ruins, Historic, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
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35  2018-09-03 jacobemerick
7  2014-03-27 JuanJaimeiii
8  2014-03-27 joebartels
19  2014-03-15 joebartels
5  2010-11-07 mazatzal
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Mar
Sun  7:31am - 5:44pm
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Nearby Area Water
Sheep Bridge / Mountain Spring Loop
Sheep Bridge / Mountain Spring Loop
0.1 mi away
22.6 mi
4,505 ft
Verde River Trail #11
Verde River Trail #11
0.1 mi away
31.0 mi
6,720 ft
Dutchman Grave Trail #22 - Mazatzal
Dutchman Grave Trail #22 - Mazatzal
0.3 mi away
11.3 mi
3,800 ft
Willow Springs Trail #223 - Mazatzal
Willow Springs Trail #223 - Mazatzal
0.3 mi away
16.6 mi
5,260 ft
Tangle Peak
Tangle Peak
2.0 mi away
2.8 mi
1,325 ft
Horse Mountain 2976 - Mazatzal
4.3 mi away
3.5 mi
600 ft
Sunset Mountain
5.4 mi away
4.5 mi
2,598 ft
Wet Bottom Trail #269
Wet Bottom Trail #269
5.9 mi away
10.6 mi
3,350 ft
Red Creek
Red Creek
5.9 mi away
8.3 mi
870 ft
Willow Spring Trail #244 - Mazatzal
Willow Spring Trail #244 - Mazatzal
6.1 mi away
0.4 mi
15 ft
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Midnight Mesa Loop - Mazatzal is a 36 mile one way hike with 7,800 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 28 miles north-northeast of Scottsdale Arizona.

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

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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

    To Sheep Bridge Trailhead
    Take Cave Creek road east and follow the directions to Seven Springs - Cave Creek Road turns into FR24. Take FR24 35 miles until it ends at FR269. Take FR269 another 12 miles to the southeast until it ends at Sheep Bridge. NOTE: the last 8 miles or so of FR269 is unmaintained! While it may be passable by car - I would urge something with more clearance and designed suspension.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 105mi 3h 38m
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 182mi 4h 50m
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 119mi 3h 44m
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