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Alder Creek Trail #82, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Mesa NE
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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 10.12 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,878 feet
Elevation Gain 2,649 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,195 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 24.1
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19  2015-04-25
Brown's Cave
32  2014-03-22
Four Peaks Circumference
13  2014-03-22
Four Peaks Circumference
13  2012-12-08
Painted Cliffs
20  2012-12-08
Painted Cliffs
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,879
Routes 15,958
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Dec
Sun  7:07am - 6:13pm
Official Route
4 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Brown's Cave
0.0 mi away
9.6 mi
2,115 ft
Cane Spring to Amethyst Peak
Cane Spring to Amethyst Peak
0.0 mi away
11.5 mi
4,700 ft
Hell's Hip Pocket Ridge
0.0 mi away
8.4 mi
2,460 ft
Cane Spring Trail #77
0.2 mi away
2.4 mi
1,288 ft
Hell's Hip Pocket
2.5 mi away
Sheep Mountain 3567 & 3397 - Salt River
3.0 mi away
8.0 mi
3,500 ft
Blue Tank Canyon
Blue Tank Canyon
3.4 mi away
1.0 mi
380 ft
Skull Cave
Skull Cave
3.4 mi away
Skeleton Cave Canyon
3.6 mi away
0.8 mi
900 ft
Punchbowl Canyon
Punchbowl Canyon
4.0 mi away
2.0 mi
1,800 ft
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Alder Creek Trail #82 is a 10.12 mile one way hike with 4,195 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 25 miles northeast of Mesa Arizona. A high clearance 4x4 vehicle and a competent driver is recommended to access the trailhead. March and November are the best months to enjoy this hike.

Travelers can enjoy the transition from desert to forest.Washed out and overgrown in some places.

This trail skirts the southern slopes of Four Peaks and then follows Alder Creek to where it climbs to Black Bear Saddle and intersects Four Peaks Trail 130.

Check out the Official Route.

This is a difficult hike. Arrive fit and prepared or this could get ugly.

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    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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    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To Cane Trailhead
    From Scottsdale follow Shea Blvd East to its terminus at SR87. Turn Left onto SR87. Follow SR87(this is the Beeline) to the Four Peaks Turnoff which is FR143. FR143 is well marked. Follow FR143 to FR 401. Hang a right onto FR401 and follow past Cottonwood Camp. Continue to where FR401 ascends out of Cottonwood Creek up the side of mountain. Here on it's strictly 4x4. It starts out low key for the first couple miles then turns... fun! It's 6 miles to Cane Spring Trailhead. The 4x4 section alone takes 1 to 1.5 hours.

    Keep in mind albeit near the valley this is about 5 hours round trip depending on variables.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 52.0 mi, 1 hour 37 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 150 mi, 3 hours 7 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 179 mi, 3 hours 38 mins In current traffic: 3 hours 38 mins I-17 S
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