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Grapevine Gulch Trail #9708, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,332 feet
Elevation Gain 600 feet
Accumulated Gain 600 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.5
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Author ShatteredArm
author avatar Guides 5
Routes 122
Photos 552
Trips 136 map ( 2,205 miles )
Age 38 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Nov, Mar, Apr → 9 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:39am - 7:31pm
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Surprisingly well maintained
by ShatteredArm

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Grapevine Gulch is a drainage that flows down the Black Hills' south side, originating south of the Mingus Springs Camp. The official trail starts at Grapevine Well, near the canyon's mouth, and continues to Trap Spring. An unofficial trail continues another 3 miles, with another mile in the canyon before climbing up to the camp.

This trail is part of the annual Man Against Horse race - the only event in North America where runners and equestrians complete the same course concurrently - and as such, it's surprisingly well-maintained for a trail that's basically out in the middle of nowhere.

Starting at Grapevine Well, an ATV track heads steeply up the canyon on creek left, before quickly dropping back down to the creek bed. From here, it crosses back and forth across the creek as it gradually heads north up the canyon.

After a mile-or-so-long northern leg, the canyon bends to the east, with the trail up above the creek bed on the north slope. When the canyon bends back north, the trail drops down to the shaded Trap Spring area, where the trail officially ends.

Unofficial Bonus
If you decide to continue further up the use-trail that continues, you'll reach some stands of Ponderosa Pine within about half a mile. Another half a mile after that, the use-trail sharply turns south and begins contouring up and out of the creek bed, in the downstream direction, where you can get a view down the canyon from above. The first mile and a half or so after leaving the canyon is mostly in chaparral.

The trail then passes through a gate and onto the 4-H camp property, where you find new stands of Ponderosa Pine, before dropping down to the road through camp. The tread on this descent is not always obvious, with sticks and logs pointing the direction in places.

Water Sources
There are no perennial water sources. The trail passes by Trap Spring and Cement Spring, which are seasonal at best.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2020-10-12 ShatteredArm

    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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    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From SR89A, follow FR643 south to FR9002V. Follow FR9002V east a quarter mile to where it crosses the creek. Stay to the right here, and proceed to Grapevine Well. The trail starts here.

    This trail can be accessed from the north, but it goes through private property on the Mingus Springs 4-H Camp. The trail is about half a mile past the first gate. There are trails connecting the camp to FR132 to the north. Please inquire with the camp to find out whether they allow hikers to pass through.
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