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Weatherford Canyon Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
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Distance Lasso-Loop 4.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,024 feet
Elevation Gain 962 feet
Accumulated Gain 993 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.27
Interest Historic
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Author hippiepunkpirate
author avatar Guides 25
Routes 36
Photos 2,877
Trips 657 map ( 2,276 miles )
Age 35 Male Gender
Location Peoria, AZ
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct → Any
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:11am - 7:43pm
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Weatherford's Little Treat
by hippiepunkpirate

This fantastic lasso loop is formed by a section of the Weatherford Trail, combining an unmarked but fairly obvious side-trail that parallels the Weatherford Trail. The side-trail intersects the Weatherford at two different junctions, so it is up to you to decide which way to take. My preference is to take the Weatherford up to the second junction and save the best for the way back down, so that's this guide is written. The first junction is extremely obvious, take that one if you like!

Head up the Weatherford Trail taking special care to enjoy the early diversity of open meadows, plentiful wildflowers, and old-growth ponderosa pines. Approximately 3/4 of a mile into the hike, you will notice the very obvious first junction spurring to the right with a sign indicating the official Weatherford route is to the left. Veering left, you will pass the first grove aspens before you reach the intersection with the Kachina Trail about 1.7 miles in. Be sure to stay on the Weatherford and head up into the second grove of aspens and the lower reaches of Weatherford Canyon. The aspens will close in and thicken up before opening up to a meadow. When you reach the register, its time to stop and look for the second junction. It's evident if you look for it, but not if you have your head down as you fly up the trail. In my opinion, the Weatherford is a top-notch trail, but at this second junction starts the most magical section of trail in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness. At first, ferns are overgrown and brushing at your shins while a moderately spread out section of aspens is intermingled with a few gorgeous old-growth pines. Aspen Spring is located along this section. A meadow opens up but soon collapses into an incredibly dense yet powerfully majestic grove of Aspens that seems to go on forever. When you finally exit that thicket, you will be back to the first junction with the Weatherford, and unfortunately, just a short distance to your car. This is a short but incredibly sweet little hike, but you'll want to give yourself some extra time because it's impossible not to stop and sit on a log and take in the majesty of lower Weatherford Canyon. This isn't a hike to set speed records!

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2008-08-26 hippiepunkpirate
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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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FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To Schultz Trailhead
Location: 7 miles north of Flagstaff on graveled Forest Roads.

Access: Drive north out of Flagstaff on US 180 to FR 420 (Schultz Pass Road). Drive 6 miles east on FR 420 to the trailhead at a parking lot on the south side of the road.

Road Condition: FR 420 is graveled and suitable for passenger cars except during winter when it is closed because of snowpack.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 158 mi - about 2 hours 35 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 263 mi - about 4 hours 5 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 10.1 mi - about 24 mins
page created by hippiepunkpirate on Aug 25 2008 6:45 pm
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