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El Recortado 2857 & 3068, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Mesa NE
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 12.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,905 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,100 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 22.63
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Peak
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60  2017-01-16
El Recortado 'West'
22  2017-01-16
El Recortado West
49  2014-06-24 CannondaleKid
9  2011-12-23 joebartels
10  2011-12-23 BobP
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,879
Routes 15,958
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan
Sun  7:04am - 6:16pm
Official Route
1 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Agua Escondido
Agua Escondido
0.0 mi away
4.5 mi
231 ft
Cottonwood Camp Loop
Cottonwood Camp Loop
0.0 mi away
8.0 mi
1,804 ft
Cottonwood Camp to Lone Pine via Alder
Cottonwood Camp to Lone Pine via Alder
0.0 mi away
24.0 mi
7,000 ft
Cottonwood Creek
Cottonwood Creek
0.0 mi away
9.2 mi
404 ft
Skeleton Cave
Skeleton Cave
0.0 mi away
18.5 mi
6,700 ft
Lower Soldier Camp Trail 84
0.0 mi away
2.3 mi
1,217 ft
Brownie Tank - AZNG Mascot
Brownie Tank - AZNG Mascot
1.4 mi away
5.4 mi
848 ft
Gonzales Monument & Map
Gonzales Monument & Map
3.3 mi away
3.7 mi
1,150 ft
Peak 2500 - Mormon Flat Dam Quad
Peak 2500 - Mormon Flat Dam Quad
3.4 mi away
6.2 mi
1,336 ft
Sheep Mountain 3567 & 3397 - Salt River
3.7 mi away
8.0 mi
3,500 ft
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El Recortado 2857 & 3068 is a 12.3 mile one way hike with 3,100 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 22 miles northeast of Mesa Arizona. March and November are the best months to enjoy this hike. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.

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

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    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
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To Cottonwood Camp Trailhead
    From Scottsdale follow Shea Blvd East to its terminus at SR87. Turn Left onto SR87. Follow SR87(this is the Beeline) to the Four Peaks Turnoff which is FR143. FR143 is well marked. Follow FR143 to FR 401. Hang a right onto FR401 and follow past Cottonwood Camp. Park anywhere, behind the corral is more concealed.

    Several of the hikes posted from this trailhead go south. You can continue 0.5 miles south to where FR401 ascends out of Cottonwood Creek up the side of a mountain. It's absolute 4WD beyond. You will know as it turns from sand to cobblestone sized rocks. Getting here is only doable in high clearance, dry conditions and it's slightly risky depending on current conditions.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 46.4 mi - about 1 hour 20 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 144 mi - about 2 hours 47 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 173 mi - about 3 hours 21 mins
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