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Ariel Point, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 6.15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,933 feet
Elevation Gain -520 feet
Accumulated Gain 39 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.28
Interest Off-Trail Hiking
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Author John_seJerman
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Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred   Sep, May, Jun, Aug → Early
Seasons   Early Summer to Early Autumn
Sun  5:33am - 7:35pm
Official Route
1 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2009 Aspen Fire17.8 mi*
🔥 2007 ROOSEVELT WFU Fire25.3 mi*
🔥 2001 Vista Fire12.0 mi*
🔥 2000 Outlet52.6 mi*
🔥 1995 MATTHES Fire8.9 mi*
🔥 View All over Official Route 🔥
*perimeter length in miles

Best view from Walhallo Plateau
by John_seJerman

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The Walhallo Plateau offers several viewpoints: Manzanita Point, Komo Point, Obi Point, Francois Matthes Point, and Ariel Point. This is supposedly the best view, as you will end up on a rocky outpost, not within a forest with some glimpses between the trees. It is possible to combine several of the viewpoints in a trip; however, the direct route is very pleasant as you simply stay on the high point of the ridge with minimal ups and downs. Crossing over between the points adds crossing some 200' valleys. Route finding on the way out is fairly simple as you can just stay on the highest point of the ridge you find yourself on. However, for going there a gps track is highly recommended once you leave the road.

Follow the road from the trail head. At times you have to cross burned logs and might lose the road, but it is easy to find it again. You'll also see occasional old trail markers at the trees, but in the burn area these disappear.

After about 3 miles in a forested area, look for an obvious cairn where you want to turn right. The road appears to continue straight and so do the trail markers, but there might be a few branches across it. The right turn is much less obvious but also marked by trail markers once you're on it. If you were to miss this turn, the road starts fading.

A couple of miles further down the road, you want to leave the road towards the left and follow the correct ridge all the way down to Ariel Point. This is where a gps track proves very valuable, as there are very few landmarks to orient yourself by. Please note that this route and the road are marked on several maps, including the NPS parks map, but usually incorrect. However, you can't really get too lost. As you get to the rim, you would eventually be able to make your way to Ariel Point, just with a lot more ups and downs and off-trail travel.

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2013-09-18 John_seJerman
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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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Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hike/Run

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From the North Rim take Cape Royal Road about 9.5 miles to a well-concealed road on your right. It's about 1.5 miles after passing Greenland Lake ( more of a pond ).

If you miss the turn you will come to Vista Encantada. Just turn around and go back 0.5 mile.
GPS drive route

There is a parking area large enough to hold several cars. Please do not park in front of the gate.
page created by John_seJerman on Sep 18 2013 1:41 pm
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