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Sophie's Flat, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 7.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,495 feet
Elevation Gain 340 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.8
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Author Alston_Neal
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Trips 92 map ( 482 miles )
Age 63 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Nov, Mar, Jan
Seasons   Late Autumn
Sun  6:41am - 5:49pm
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Out Wickenburg Way
by Alston_Neal

History
Sophie's Flat was named for Sophie Burden an innkeeper who ran the Remuda Ranch aka a Wickenburg dude ranch. She was quite well known in the area and even Governor Paul Fannin (1959-1965)dubbed her the "the first lady of innkeeping". The flats and hills around the ranch were frequently used for trail rides and cookouts. This is evident today in the numerous trails and Jeep roads around.


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The ranch was sold in 1968 and is now a treatment center for people with eating disorders. Although the ranch site is private, the area remains open to hikers and equestrians. A very large trailhead with plenty of separate parking for cars and horse trailers anchors the site's 7.1 mile main "A" loop trail.

Hike
The hike is fairly easy through the low hills or around Red Top Peak, with intersecting trails "B" and "C" allowing for shorter loop hikes. The trail is well marked and a handy map at the TH kiosk lays out the area quite well. Starting the "A" loop puts us fairly quickly with a Jeep road in a wash but then it wanders off on it's own. So with the maze of trails on a Sunday allowed us to not see a soul.

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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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    Directions
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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Traveling north on U.S. 60 to Wickenburg. Just before the Hassayampa River Bridge traffic circle there, turn right on El Recreo Drive. Go 0.25 mile, veer right onto Constellation Road and continue 2.7 miles to Blue Tank Road. Turn left and go 1.4 miles to the trailhead.
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