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Tortilla Mountains - AZT #15, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance One Way 28.57 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,015 feet
Elevation Gain -2,272 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,448 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 36.73
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Arizona Trail Passages 13-15
2  2017-04-18 Sredfield
5  2017-03-04 zephyr2u
62  2017-02-23
AZT #15 Loop & 96 Ranch
15  2017-02-04
AZT 15 Ripsey Wash Loop
18  2017-01-28 BACKROADER
4  2017-01-14 pjhikes
13  2016-11-11 Hiker_Wannabe
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Mar, Apr
Sun  6:53am - 5:23pm
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Antelope Peak - GET #5
Antelope Peak - GET #5
0.0 mi away
16.3 mi
730 ft
Antelope Peak 4547 - Hi Pt Tortilla Mtns
1.9 mi away
1.5 mi
597 ft
Black Mountain - Oak Wells
8.1 mi away
5.4 mi
2,100 ft
Brandenburg Mountain - GET #6
Brandenburg Mountain - GET #6
10.1 mi away
11.9 mi
1,827 ft
Steamboat Mountain - Kearny
Steamboat Mountain - Kearny
15.2 mi away
2.5 mi
1,355 ft
Mining Mountain - Vale School
Mining Mountain - Vale School
16.4 mi away
4.4 mi
1,385 ft
Tortilla Mountains - GET #4
Tortilla Mountains - GET #4
16.9 mi away
27.6 mi
4,518 ft
Gila River Canyons - AZT #16
Gila River Canyons - AZT #16
17.3 mi away
24.7 mi
4,850 ft
Rug Road - Mammoth to Klondyke to Hwy 70
Rug Road - Mammoth to Klondyke to Hwy 70
17.3 mi away
70.0 mi
8,464 ft
Black Hills - AZT #14
Black Hills - AZT #14
17.6 mi away
27.6 mi
4,702 ft
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Likely In-Season!
Overview: From the Freeman Road Trailhead the route heads to a pipeline road, turns to the north and follows a two-track, and then turns west. It crosses one road and then crosses Haydon Ranch Road. It goes under some high-tension powerlines, crosses two two-track roads and then crosses a gasline road. It then turns to the west, crosses a large wash and begins following a fenceline. After going through a gate the trail turns to the northwest and passes by a large boulder pile. From here the trail continues through the desert, crossing several washes, another road and another gate, just above Tecolote Ranch Road. After crossing this road the trail keeps to the north, crosses under the same high-tension powerlines and joins a road. It follows this road for almost 2 miles and then heads cross-country before joining another road. From here the trail turns north, passes several road junctions and climbs to a gate on a hill. The trail descends down the northeast side of this hill and then follows a drainage to a road. After leaving the road the trail descends down to Ripsey Wash, follows it for a ways and then turns into a side canyon and begins climbing up onto the 'Big Hill'. After switchbacking around the hill the trail heads north-northwest along a ridgeline. It turns to the east and then back due north, and then starts a long descent. After crossing several washes the trail reaches newly constructed trail leading to the Florence-Kelvin Highway at the yet to be constructed trailhead. It crosses the highway and heads in a north-northeast direction. After crossing a large wash it curves around and down to the Kelvin Bridge and the Gila River.

Southern Trailhead: Freeman Road

Northern Trailhead: Gila River - Kelvin Bridge

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.


    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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 / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From the PHOENIX AREA to North End TH START(to hike south): Take Hwy 60 to Superior; In Superior take Hwy 177 south for ~15.5mls to MP 152.2; Just before crossing Railroad Tracks turn Right on to Kelvin/Florence Highway and continue for 1.3mls; Just after crossing the Gila River(the Kelvin-Riverside Bridge), park on Left side turn-out off highway; NOTE: AZT Passage 15 "actual" North End TH is located just back across the bridge at the Railroad Track Crossing; NOTE: For AZT Passage 15 south end TH START(to hike north) driving directions, see the "" website for details;
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