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SB Mountain / Cabin via Bartlett Lake, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,791 feet
Elevation Gain 2,000 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,028 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 17.14
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Historic, Perennial Creek & Peak
 Backpack Yes
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13  2019-01-10 kelly14
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15  2014-10-30 ASUAviator
19  2011-09-23
SB Cabin
author avatar Guides 1
Routes 9
Photos 1,560
Trips 45 map ( 934 miles )
Age 33 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Phoenix Region
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Preferred Mar, Feb, Nov, Jan → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:27am - 7:19pm
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1 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 Bart 200530.8 mi*
🔥 2005 Bart Fire16.2k
🔥 2005 Bart27.1 mi*
🔥 View (All) - over Official Route 🔥
*perimeter length in miles

over the river & up the bajada
by ASUAviator

This hike starts unlike most. A half-mile trip across Bartlett Lake by boat, kayak, float, or swim is required to get to where Canyon Creek drains into the lake. As you make your way up Canyon Creek, you pass through pockets of riparian habitat and nice little sections of perennial creek. Water flow is dependent on received moisture in the area.

It's about a mile of easy rock hopping to reach SB Cabin. The cabin itself is in good shape and features some rusting spring bed frames and tables with remnants of past visitors. Some may choose to make this destination a kicker to a day on the lake, while others choose to tackle SB mountain in the distance.

A little over a quarter-mile further up the creek a drainage flows in from the right. This offers a good opportunity to begin your approach up the mountain. I found it was easier to leave the drainage and make way up the bajada. Since it's all off-trail, put your route-finding skills to use and do as you wish to ascend the mountain. Vegetated scree and rock faces can make the climb slow going. As with any mountain climb, the higher you go the greater the views. The final 100 or so feet to the summit become slightly challenging. The rock outcropping that makes up the summit is steep and composed of loose rocks. Once on top, you are rewarded with great views looking up into the Mazatzals and out over Bartlett Lake. Because of the lake, visitors are not frequent and you are sure to have this area to yourself.

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2014-11-05 ASUAviator
    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.

     Permit $$

    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Drive to Bartlett lake. Take N Bartlett Lake rd north. Turn left at the stop sign. Continue to the end of the road. park and unload your vessel. No Tonto pass is required for this area.
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     90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated

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