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Strawberry Mountain, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,978 feet
Elevation Gain 886 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,199 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 10
Interest Peak
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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13  2019-06-14
Strawberry Mountain via FR 1560
15  2018-10-19 kingsnake
17  2015-08-29
Strawberry Sampler
11  2015-08-29
Strawberry Canyon & Mountain Loop
13  2014-06-27 BEEBEE
11  2014-03-16 Sonoran Bound
Author Sonoran Bound
author avatar Guides 1
Routes 1
Photos 43
Trips 6 map ( 37 miles )
Age 32 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:14am - 7:42pm
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Park just outside the Forest Service gate at the end of Ernies rd. in Strawberry AZ. Walk through the gate closing it behind you. Follow the small road for several yards looking to the left for a trail heading up peak 6631. Follow This "trail" as long as you can as it quickly disappears near a fence/property line. Follow this fence up switch backing where necessary as the way up becomes very steep. As the grade continues to become steeper the fence ends. At this point look for the path of least resistance to gain the ridge. This is the hardest part of the hike and where you gain the majority of your elevation.

After gaining this first ridge, it is a good idea to mark the spot with a cairn to mark your way down. Once placing a Cairn continue on in a south-eastern direction looking for the high ground and top of peak 6631. This section is mostly flat, but it is not hard to see where the high point of this peak is. Once reaching the top directly to your left is the first taste of the amazing views on this hike. A sheer drop and great views of the Mogollon Rim greets you on top of peak 6631. After taking a moment here, I would recommend laying another cairn, continue south towards Strawberry Mountain/peak 6813.

You will quickly come to a valley between Strawberry Mountain and peak 6631. Continue down into this valley and then up onto strawberry mountain following again the path of least resistance. Once again after gaining your second ridge the hike flattens out. Continue on searching again for the high ground on strawberry mountain. After you run out of high ground, you've made it to the top of Peak 6813/ Strawberry Mountain. From here go east to the Overlook and take in again great views of the Mogollon Rim and the town of Pine. This time you are about 200ft above peak 6631 which offers better views of the surrounding area. Head back the way you came.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2014-03-25 Sonoran Bound
    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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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Phoenix: Take the 87 north/Beeline highway towards Payson. Continue through Payson on the 87 past the town of Pine and on to Strawberry. Turn Left on Ralls Dr. (dirt) If you see fossil creek rd. you've gone too far. Follow Ralls Dr. to Ernies Rd. and take a left. Follow Ernies until you run into the Forest service gate. Park Here.
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