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Lone Mountain - Sycamore Creek, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.62 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,721 feet
Elevation Gain 486 feet
Accumulated Gain 486 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.75 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.05
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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10  2014-01-26
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8  2012-04-02 CannondaleKid
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Spring
Sun  7:30am - 5:46pm
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Short, steep and lonely
by CannondaleKid

Likely In-Season!
Overview: Lone Mountain is in the general Sycamore Creek area just west of SR87 as you head north to Payson. While Lone Mountain is not really all by its lonesome, but it does seem like a lonely looking peak as you drive by on FR1096. There isn't anything special about it but it was 'one more peak to climb' so that's all it took to be worthy for me. That said, once at the summit the views are great. You can see Granite Mountain to the north, Four Peaks to the east and Sheep Mesa as well as the Sycamore Creek valley to the southeast and south.

Hike: From the 'trail head' wherever you park along FR1096 it's just a matter of picking the best route between the various cacti and thorn bushes, climbing all the way to the summit. BTW, you'll pick up tons of fox-tail in your shoes/socks along the way, so I'd recommend wearing bare feet in Teva sandals. For me the STEEP climb was strenuous but easier on the knees than the STEEP return downhill.

The drive will take as much as 4 times as long as the climb to the summit so once at the summit you might want to cast an eye around for another goal to make the trip worthwhile. Sheep Mesa just to the east would be a great partner hike to this one.

    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
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    1. Take SR87 north to Sycamore Creek/Four Peaks turnoff and turn LEFT onto FR402.
    2. Continue on FR402 for 3.4 miles until you will need to cross the creek.
    3. On the other side of the creek you will be on FR1855, follow it for 2.0 miles to FR1856.
    4. Turn LEFT onto FR1856 and continue 1.7 miles to FR1096.
    5. Turn RIGHT onto FR1096 and continue about half a mile to the 'trail head' which is anywhere you find an area wide enough to stop along the road without blocking it.

    NOTE: While you could reach the creek in step 2 by car, a high clearance 4x4 is recommended for steps 3-5.
    page created by CannondaleKid on Apr 02 2012 7:51 pm
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