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FR 1935 - N Hardt Tank Road, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,297 feet
Elevation Gain 682 feet
Accumulated Gain 687 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 8.44
Interest Seasonal Creek & Peak
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6  2013-04-02 sventre
Author sventre
author avatar Guides 13
Routes 68
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Trips 61 map ( 272 miles )
Age Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov → Early
Sun  6:12am - 6:25pm
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Bag an Easy Peak
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I was looking for an easy hike this morning, and one with a wide enough trail that would allow me the chance to enjoy the scenery without constantly "searching" for the spring rattlers. This hike was just the ticket. Having read that the Elephant Butte area was quickly becoming absorbed by private property and homes, I figured I would once more visit before this evolved out of the question.


FR1935 is not marked, but a check with the Tonto NF's Globe District office confirmed it remains. This hike begins on a point along FR 1935 (Hardt Tank Rd) shortly after turning off Elephant Butte Road. Proceed along the abandoned jeep trail, through the Forest Service boundary gate, and continue along as you cross multiple times an unnamed creek/wash, which leads up to Hardt Tank. Shortly after passing the tank, you will come to a point where the road overlooks Byous Butte, Robles Butte, and the entire Hewitt Canyon area.

From this point, you can continue along FR 1935 down into the canyon and connect with FR 1900 (and later FR 172); but, today I chose to turn northward and do the relatively easy, off-trail climb, along the ridge that quickly rose, which turned westerly toward, but culminated on an unnamed peak before reaching Peak 2941. From this vantage point, I had terrific 360 degrees views. (refer to GPS route for more precise navigation)

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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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2013-04-02 sventre
    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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    From Mesa
    Drive east on SR 60 passed Florence Junction. Approximately 2 miles east of the junction turn north onto Queen Valley Road. Drive through Queen Valley and leave the community to the north along Elephant Butte Road (dirt road) behind the golf course, and proceed to the intersection with Hardt Tank Road (FR 1935). Turn right and follow this road to a point where you can park without violating private property. Begin your hike from where you have parked by continuing east on FR 1935.
    page created by sventre on Apr 02 2013 12:44 pm
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