At The Cliff Your Up The Creek
Overview: The Tortilla Flat area has long been quoted as an inspirational point for poets and writers. Its location along the Apache Trail sandwiched between the Superstition Wilderness on its south and the Four Peaks Wilderness to its north make it unique. Access by motor vehicle allow for you to step back in time, experience the wilderness and be home for dinner. The road now known as the Apache Trail has long been used as a way thru these mountains. The Apache passed this way on hunting parties and raids against competing interests. Later use by hunters, miners and ranchers have left legendary stories of its past.
Hike: The hike starts just east of the Mesquite Creek crossing of SR 88 one mile east of Tortilla Flat. About 100 feet north of SR 88 cross the creek towards the northwest on an old jeep trail and then veer left at the Y and start up. The moderate climb up the jeep road ends at about one quarter mile. A faint trail then continues up. Use your route finding skills as up is the direction. It becomes a steep climb and other than two or three cairns the unmarked trail is fairly easy to follow. Toward the top the trail eases and follows a contour around the south side of the cliffs looming ahead. Ahead on the left is a mountain that appears to be a peninsula with sharp cliff sides. Its about three quarters a mile long fairly flat and although it did not look accessible earlier in the hike as you approach the saddle you are pleasantly surprised that it can be done. The saddle ends the majority of the climb but take the time to top it off by heading to the high point to the right. It is only about a quarter mile to 2493. Offered are great views of the Mesquite Y with Four Peaks in the distance. Truly an overlook of the wilderness. Vegetation is sparse but accent plants are mature and healthy. Now head back to the saddle and around the southwest side of the peninsula. There is no trail but follow the contour and head in a southeast direction. In about three quarters of a mile you come to the cliffs edge, Inspiration Point. To the west lies Canyon Lake. Southwest below is Tortilla Flat. South lies Tortilla Creek winding into the Superstition Wilderness. In the background lie Tortilla Mountain, and Malapais. Can you name any others ? Look east at the mountainous landscape punctuated by Castle Dome. While civilization is near and an occasional car may pass far below on SR 88 you will be inspired by the beauty and reflect on the history that passed this way. Return the way you came.
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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.