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Sunflower Trail #344, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix NE
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance One Way 5.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,416 feet
Elevation Gain -500 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.93
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible & Connecting
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S Mazatzal Roundup
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Alder Creek
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Saddle Mountain - AZT #22
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Apr, Feb → 7 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:56am - 5:24pm
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Little Saddle Mountain Trail #244
Little Saddle Mountain Trail #244
0.6 mi away
8.4 mi
1,900 ft
Black Ridge Loop - Mazatzal
Black Ridge Loop - Mazatzal
0.6 mi away
7.6 mi
2,001 ft
Copper Camp Loop
Copper Camp Loop
1.9 mi away
22.0 mi
5,875 ft
Sheep Creek Cabin
1.9 mi away
10.0 mi
3,844 ft
Saddle Mountain #91
Saddle Mountain #91
1.9 mi away
4.2 mi
905 ft
Saddle Mountain Easy Mines
Saddle Mountain Easy Mines
1.9 mi away
7.6 mi
1,400 ft
Saddle Mountain to Plateau Overlook Pt
Saddle Mountain to Plateau Overlook Pt
1.9 mi away
15.1 mi
3,600 ft
Saddle Mountain Trail to Squaw Flat
Saddle Mountain Trail to Squaw Flat
1.9 mi away
10.0 mi
2,093 ft
Iron Dike Ruins
Iron Dike Ruins
2.7 mi away
0.8 mi
504 ft
Saddle Mountain Mine Tour
Saddle Mountain Mine Tour
2.9 mi away
6.5 mi
1,892 ft
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by DarthStiller

Likely In-Season!
The Sunflower Trail #344 starts at the junction with the Little Saddle Mountain Trail #244 approximately a half mile from the Cross F Trailhead. Its total length is approximately 5.1 miles, where it joins the Boulder Creek Trail about a half mile east of SR87 and just east of the ranch that now has the "TOPLESS CABARET" sign that is so conspicuously prominent. The total elevation change is about 500', but there are a few uphill climbs on your way down.


After the junction with the Little Saddle Trail, the trail heads into a canyon, where it becomes rather faint in places. After crossing a wash, it rises back up to meet FR393 at the 0.6 mile mark. There you will walk under some rather low powerlines. The trail descends again into another small canyon between two buttes until you get to a cattle tank. At this tank you encounter the first of several gates and begin to follow what appears to be an old ATV road at the 1.4 mile mark. The terrain here is mainly open grassland. At 1.7 miles, this junctions with a more prominent ATV road. A plastic "Trail #344" marker is there. Head east on this new ATV road and you will soon find a plastic "AZT" marker that will tell you you're going in the right direction. The views to the northeast of Mt. Ord are very nice.

This unnamed ATV road will take you about 1.5 miles to Diamond Ranch, where it will veer south to another gate. The grassland turn more to scrub brush here and the trail is more prominent and marked well with cairns. The views to the south of Diamond Mountain are very good. At least two more gates are encountered before it goes under SR87 through a culvert. After SR87, the trail is easy to follow and marked with yellow ribbons. The brush is much thicker in this segment, but no bushwhacking was necessary when I did this hike. The trail ends at the junction with the Boulder Creek Trail, where the markers say that it's a half mile north to FR22 and 7 miles south to FR422.

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.

DarthStiller

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

    Permit $$
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    Directions
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    To hike
    From Phoenix, take the Beeline Highway north until it joins FR627 at the turnoff for Mt. Ord. Turn to the left to get on FR627, crossing the highway. There is a turning lane there to make this possible. Take FR627 approximately 3 miles south to the Cross F Trailhead, which is on the east (left) side of the road.
    page created by DarthStiller on Oct 01 2008 11:01 pm
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