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West Fork Trail #260, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,710 feet
Elevation Gain 487 feet
Accumulated Gain 488 feet
Avg Time One Way .5
Kokopelli Seeds 2.53
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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10  2018-10-21
32  2017-10-29
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22
23  2017-06-11
S Mazatzal Roundup
13  2017-04-01
Cornucopia - Thicket Spring Loop
4  2016-10-22
Cornucopia - Thicket Spring Loop
20  2016-03-13
25A-Thicket Spring loop
20  2015-04-12
Saddle - Thicket - West Fork - Cornucopia
9  2014-04-23
Cornucopia via E. Fork Sycamore Creek
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Author jacobemerick
author avatar Guides 31
Routes 71
Photos 792
Trips 89 map ( 1,015 miles )
Age 33 Male Gender
Location Gilbert, AZ
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov
Sun  7:10am - 6:11pm
Official Route
6 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Saddle Mountain Mine Tour
Saddle Mountain Mine Tour
1.4 mi away
6.5 mi
1,892 ft
Thicket Spring Trail #95
Thicket Spring Trail #95
1.5 mi away
2.6 mi
992 ft
Sheep Creek Trail #88
Sheep Creek Trail #88
1.6 mi away
8.7 mi
1,832 ft
Cornucopia via E. Fork Sycamore Creek
Cornucopia via E. Fork Sycamore Creek
1.9 mi away
8.0 mi
2,300 ft
Red Rock 4980
2.0 mi away
2.4 mi
888 ft
Mazatzal Divide - AZT #23
Mazatzal Divide - AZT #23
2.0 mi away
31.0 mi
6,050 ft
Peak 7549 - Mazatzal Mountains
2.0 mi away
Mount Catherine 7358 - Mazatzal
2.2 mi away
5.5 mi
1,800 ft
Peak 7105 - Mazatzals
2.2 mi away
Peak 7260 - Mazatzals
2.2 mi away
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Quick Climb from Cornucopia
by jacobemerick

Steep climb up a manzanita hillside from Cornucopia to Thicket Springs Trail. A segment of AZT #22 (recently re-routed) and an integral part of the classic Cornucopia - Thicket Spring Loop. The 'trailhead' is not easily accessible unless you have a vehicle that can handle 25A.

If you're on this trail, chances are that you are doing some sort of thru-hike or loop (like the one linked above) and have reached West Fork Trail by hiking other trails. The alternative is that you drove (or walked) up 25A along Sycamore Creek until it ended, and then walked the short connector to the Cornucopia / West Fork junction. However you get there, this description starts at the east end of the trail.

A busy signpost marks the junction of Cornucopia / West Fork trails, with West Fork heading up and to the left. Seasonal pools may be found in the creek bed here along Cornucopia Trail - this is the only water source for a while. Start climbing up, heading back and forth along the one switchback, passing burnt trunks rising over the younger growth in an eery combination. Below there are views of Cornucopia dancing along the creek bank.

At .4 miles the trail turns west in earnest and continues uphill, with a few good angles of Mount Peeley to the north and Saddle Mountain to the southwest along the way. Route goes up through a saddle and then drops softly to end at Thistle Spring Trail. From here you can turn left towards Saddle Mountain and MacFarland Canyon or turn right towards Peeley. Lots of loop options and all-day meanders are available.

Water Sources:
Seasonal pools may be found along Cornucopia Trail.

No good flat spots are along this short connecting trail.

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2017-06-27 jacobemerick

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

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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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    Connector trail - Not Applicable

    To hike
    FR 25A is ridiculous - 4WD, High Clearance, and lots of Grit required to drive. Either that or walk it from FR 25.
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