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Crack in the Mountain Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 852 feet
Elevation Gain -395 feet
Accumulated Gain 410 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 6.85
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Routes 16,052
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov
Sun  6:21am - 6:43pm
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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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Crack in the Mountain Trail
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This was a fun loop hike. I went with a local group, which I've always found is a good way to learn new trails and routes. Going hiking with 16 people is not my idea of a wilderness experience, but it was fun getting acquainted with them--very nice group. We went down "SARA's Crack," as it is known locally. (Nobody actually calls it "Crack in Mountain" except the City government.) Before I forget, "SARA" stands for "Special Activities and Recreation Area."

The Crack had water in it from recent rains. Several of us had brought sandals. It took a bit of negotiating to get 16 people of varying physical abilities through it, but everyone made it. At one point there is a rope. At another point there is a sort of dicey move to avoid a pool. Then there is the unavoidable pool. The water was only about knee deep, but very chilly. Then on down the wash we went, and quickly reached the lake. I had been to this part of the lake before in my kayak. Gorgeous area!

We made a loop hike, and also got some nice AEG by taking a different path on the way back which led us to the top of a hill where there is a picnic table. There is a well-beaten trail to this hill, and another equally good trail leading down and back to the original wash.
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Took an overnight road trip with the wife and a friend to scope out the Desert Bar near Parker. There was a geocache along this trail that I wanted to hit the next day. Made for a nice little leg stretcher before heading back to Phoenix.

Parking at the trailhead is plentiful. About a mile or so into the hike there is a nice little slot canyon. One place is a bit of a drop, or climb if you are coming back out. Someone had thoughtfully left a rope, one end securely wedged into a rock crevice. Easy to get down using the rope. On the way out some teenies ahead of us had used the rope, then pulled it out of its anchor and tossed it to the bottom. Wow, thanks (though that wasn't the actual words I used and luckily for them I never caught up to them). No problem. Hoisted the slender friend up the slick rock and she secured the anchor once again.

(late posting this trip log. didn't realize the trail was in the index here)

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Drive south on Hwy 95 to McCulloch Blvd (mile post 177). Turn right and travel ¾ mile to the parking lot in SARA Park on the right (elev 860 ft).
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