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North Fortuna Wash, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 445 feet
Elevation Gain 275 feet
Accumulated Gain 600 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3-5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9
Interest Off-Trail Hiking
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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5  2008-12-14 azbackpackr
Author azbackpackr
author avatar Guides 27
Routes 434
Photos 5,260
Trips 792 map ( 5,707 miles )
Age 68 Female Gender
Location Moab, UT
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Nov → Any
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:30am - 7:48pm
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Dr. Suess was here!
by azbackpackr

This hike is in the Gila Mountains just east of Yuma, a forbidding-looking range. It has many canyons, which are reasonably easy to hike up, however. Its peaks are very steep and rugged.

After parking the car on "14 1/2 E," follow north to Maria de Fortuna. Then access the wash between these streets as seen in this map. Do not cross anything marked private. Follow this trail / old road into the canyon.

Once the trail dips down to the wash, follow the wash right to a pronounced split. You can choose either the left or the right fork. The right fork is 1/2 mile longer than the left, and the beginning is not BLM land. Following ATV tracks at first, eventually, you will get to an area where they can't go anymore, and you are boulder-hopping up the bottom of a usually dry creek, which runs only briefly during rainstorms.

By now, the geology has changed from gloomy black to a beautifully sculptured tan granite, with formations reminiscent of Dr. Suess's drawings. Little mini-caves abound, looking like Lilliputian dwellings. There are a few turrets and hoodoos as well. Vegetation includes paloverde, ironwood, saguaro, cholla, and the occasional small elephant tree. Smell the elephant tree leaves if they are green, delightful aroma.

The left fork has a split at the very end, but you can see that both forks box out. Return the same way.

Take binoculars along to enjoy the interesting rocks. There may be petroglyphs here and there, but I didn't see any but have heard there are some. There isn't a lot of wildlife in the Gila Mountains, but there are quite a few birds and reptiles.

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2008-12-14 azbackpackr
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    Fortuna Wash Map
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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Paved - Car Okay

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From Phoenix
Make your way to Interstate 8, either through Maricopa, or Hwy 85, south of Buckeye, or via I-10 east. Go west on I-8 almost all the way to Yuma. Take exit 14, Foothills Blvd. Turn right. Turn right again on North Frontage Road. Go 2.1 miles to Ave "14 1/2 E", passing "14 E" along the way. Head north on "14 1/2 E" 1.3 miles passing Mar"t"a de Fortuna almost to Maria de Fortuna.

There is plenty of parking available that is not in front of any homes on 14 or just south of the mailboxes on 14-1/2 & Maria de Fortuna.
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