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Mineral Mtn Quad - Peak 3306 Thumb, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Loop 4.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,342 feet
Elevation Gain 443 feet
Accumulated Gain 650 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.65
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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35  2012-01-31 CannondaleKid
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Circling the Thumb
by CannondaleKid

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Peak 3306 (or what I call 'The Thumb') is readily visible from some distance in many directions but is not easily accessible.

Western Approach
(Either from Florence via Box/Martinez or SR 79 via Cottonwood/Box/Martinez Canyon Roads)
This approach may bring you within 1/4 mile of The Thumb, but it will come at the expense of your vehicle over 20+ miles of the roughest 'road' you'll ever encounter. (Probably the main reason much of the route is so popular with 4x4 fans.) Speaking of vehicles, only experienced drivers with a VERY capable high-clearance 4x4 should attempt this drive. However, I've driven it in less time, figure 2.5 to 3 hours EACH WAY.

Eastern Approach
(Battle Axe Road from SR 177)
This approach will add an extra 4 miles to the hike, but the drive can be done with a much less capable 4x4, even a 2WD with moderate clearance if the road is dry. The drive in on Battle Axe Road is about 11.6 miles and should take less than 2 hours, again each way. The extra hiking miles will all be on a segment of the Arizona Trail #16.

The hike is a circumnavigation around Peak 3306, so you can begin the 'loop' part wherever you wish. For the purpose of the hike statistics, I chose the point reachable by vehicle from the west. Not including your time on the AZT#16, if driving in from the east, a mile of the hike will follow the wash/road with the balance of the loop-hike being off-trail. Of the off-trail portion, about 0.8 miles will be spent in a canyon negotiating terrain including thick brush, boulder-hopping, and some reasonably-easy rock climbing, requiring some trail-blazing skills. While it can be a chore at times, the scenery is fantastic.

Peak 3306 itself has no confirmed climbs, and that isn't likely to change. Although we did not take the time to do it, if you approach the base from the NNW, you could climb relatively easily up to the base of the sheer cliff walls.

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2012-02-01 CannondaleKid
    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.

    Permit $$
    AZ State Recreational Land Permits
    For hiking, driving & sightseeing purposes, you seek the recreational permit.
    Under "Recreational Land Use" in the link above.
    2020 - $15.00 individual
    2020 - $20.00 family limited to two adults and children under the age of 18
    Plus $1 processing fee
    The permitting process quick, you will be emailed your permit instantly.

    Land Parcel Map

    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    From the EAST:
    Take US 60 to the east end of Superior, turn right (south) on AZ 177, and follow it to a point .9 mile PAST mile marker 159. Turn right (west) onto the "Primitive Road - Road not maintained" dirt road. Although not signed, this is Battle Axe Road. Follow Battle Axe Road 11.6 miles until a corner where you should see a narrow fiberglass Arizona Trail signpost on the right. There is barely enough room for two vehicles, but more room is available within a few hundred feet along the road.

    From the WEST:
    The simplest is to download the GPS track for the drive.
    Alternatively, view the directions for the Coke Ovens hike.
    The last segment of the route to the TH follows the small dotted line to the right of the loop in the lower right of this map.
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