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Pocket Trail #38, AZ

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Difficulty 4.5 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Round Trip 7.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,606 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,232 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5
Kokopelli Seeds 18.96
Interest Perennial Creek
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24  2017-05-16
Pocket Trail - North of Tonto creek
36  2016-11-12 topohiker
Author topohiker
author avatar Guides 12
Routes 111
Photos 4,245
Trips 1,587 map ( 25,409 miles )
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Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   Apr, Mar, Nov, Oct
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  7:02am - 6:15pm
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by topohiker

The Pocket trail starts near the Soldier Camp / Soldier Camp creek. There’s a #38 trail sign off-of FR134 (close to the Soldier camp/Soldier camp creek) The first ~1.6 miles is an old Jeep road that fades in and out. At the Wilderness boundary the road turns into an old ATV trail, then it fades out completely.

It appears that the ranchers use this area for the cattle grazing. There’s cattle paths here and there. You’ll see the Pocket spring and the pocket tank. The trail crosses an un-named drainage and then it climbs to the east(right). Along the way there are red ribbons hanging from branches. About a third mile from the end you’ll see a black 4inch conduit PVC pipe lashed to a rock. The trail drops down a bit through some rocks and you take the plunge! You drop about 800 feet from this spot. You pick your own path (or poison) down. The terrain is loose scree rocks / dirt with shrubs. Don’t go past this point if you don’t like scrambling or sliding! It’s an energy draining drop, but the views are worth it. The Tonto creek looks like a mini Grand Canyon in this section of the Hellsgate Wilderness. There’s a lot to explore down in this Canyon.

The views are just amazing the closer you get to the Tonto Creek.

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2016-11-16 topohiker
    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
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    Soldier Camp TH: Follow Forest Road 129 west of Young approximately 6.5 miles to the junction of Forest Road 134. Turn left and drive down Road 134 approximately 12 miles through Soldier Camp to the trailhead. The south end of Pocket Trail 38 starts at this point.
    page created by joebartels on Nov 16 2016 9:00 pm
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