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Bill McClintock Draw (Upper), AZ

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Distance Round Trip 0.74 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,725 feet
Elevation Gain -72 feet
Accumulated Gain 91 feet
Avg Time Round Trip .5-1+ hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.2
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
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18  2013-09-29 Grasshopper
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author avatar Guides 16,882
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Sun  6:12am - 6:23pm
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Likely In-Season!
On the Mogollon Rim off FR321 with a short drive up FR218C at the "uppermost end" of McClintock Draw, during prime Autumn season (~early to mid October), a colorful, beginner off-trail hike to view a large pocket of Big Tooth Maple with some Arizona Quaking Aspen.

If so desired, this "out and back" hiking area can be extended for a number of additional miles further down and back up Bill McClintock Draw.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    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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    Bill McClintock Draw (Upper)
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    Mogollon Rim - Autumn 2016
    Not many hiking miles clocked today nor AEG, and a very long day with out and back driving miles, but so worth it for a beautiful cool, blue sky, Mogollon Rim day with plentiful Prime Autumn "Big Tooth Maple" colors :FG:

    A longtime friend of mine, a HAZ member, and a very active Arizona Outdoor Travel Club (AOTC) hiking member was interested in joining me for this Autumn day trip. Since all the areas I had hoped to hike were in the same general area, I thought it would be a nice idea to first visit my favorite Mogollon Rim vehicle campsite which my friend had not previously seen.

    I had four prime Autumn locations on my visit agenda this day, but one of the main ones I had hoped to view- Bear Canyon West Fork [ description ] , was presently closed for access due to the now active and managed "Pinchot Fire" viewtopic.php?t=9722 .

    So, as it turned-out, with the 3.5 hour drive up and a short visit to my favorite campsite #3, we really only had enough prime daylight time to visit the following three Big Tooth Maple areas noted below with hike descriptions linked above:

    (see posted 10/4/16 GPS Routes and Photo Sets for)-
    .. Upper Maverick Canyon- Autumn'16 [ photoset ]
    .. Upper Bill McClintock Draw- Autumn'16 [ photoset ]
    .. Upper Buck Spring Canyon- Autumn'16 [ photoset ]

    A special and rewarding day to visit our Mogollon Rim !!
    Bill McClintock Draw (Upper)
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    This was day hike three of three for me during this, my planned late September'13 seven day vehicle camping trip to our Mogollon Rim on the stalk for early :FG:

    This Big Tooth Maple and Quaking Aspen pocket at 7725 feet elevation was a very pleasant surprise find. The previous day Oregon Hiker and I were driving back up FR321 from the completion of our afternoon Yeager Canyon loop hike on our way back to camp. About 1.4 miles prior-to reaching the Rim Road(FR300), we happened to glance-over to this inner forest area and noticed a continuing colors "glow" as we continued driving. I was able to get a fix on the approximate entrance road location, but was not sure what actual canyon or draw drainage area this was nor when an available time would be to confirm or deny a possible new prime area for Autumn viewing.

    Today fortunately we completed our previously planned morning "West Bear Canyon" loop hike early which gave me the needed extra time to drive back over on FR321 to check-out this section. This new area turned-out to be excellent for Autumn color viewing (about 5-7 days from prime) and very family friendly hiking with simple off-trail and route finding down this Bill McClintock Draw (Upper) drainage section.

    I concluded this area was worthy of a new HAZ Hike Description for all future Mogollon Rim prime Autumn color hunts (for all those driving Rim Road FR300 between FR398, FR321, and FR137).

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    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From the Phoenix area: Hwy 87 to north of Strawberry to Mogollon Rim top to "either" Rim Road FR300 (at MP281.1) to FR321 to FR218C "or" Hwy 87 to north of Strawberry to Mogollon Rim top to Hwy 87 north of Clints Well to FR95 to FR96 (at East Clear Creek bridge crossing) to FR321 to FR218C "unmarked" park and TH Start. It is recommended to download and follow the posted GPS "Driving Route"(with included way point for Parking/TH Start).
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