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Lone Mountain - Sycamore Creek, AZ

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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
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Short, steep and lonely
by CannondaleKid

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Lone Mountain is in the general Sycamore Creek area just west of SR87 as you head north to Payson. While Lone Mountain is not all by its lonesome, it seems 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 fantastic. You can see Granite Mountain to the north, Four Peaks to the east, Sheep Mesa, and the Sycamore Creek valley to the southeast and south.

From the 'trailhead' wherever you park along FR1096, it's just a matter of picking the best route between the various cacti and thorn bushes, climbing 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 four 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.

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2012-04-02 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.

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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 'trailhead' 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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