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Dripping Springs from Peralta, AZ

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Trailhead Elevation 2,400 feet
Elevation Gain 315 feet
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Avg Time Round Trip 6 hours
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Red Tanks Super Loop - Peralta TH
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Author nealz
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by nealz

Here's a nice out-and-back hike and a good way to get out to the Western Superstitions without running into a lot of other hikers. It was a tad warmer than I like in mid-October, but not unbearable.

You start at the hugely popular Peralta Trailhead parking lot, pay your fee, and then head east on the Dutchman's Trail, #104. The trail climbs quickly from the parking lot and soon you'll crest the saddle, leave the trailhead view behind, and look over the scenic Barkley Basin. The trail easily switchbacks down to the basin floor and meanders across the northern edge of Barkley Basin. You can see Miner's Needle from any point along this part of the trail. To the south is the broad, flat plain of the basin which lies in both the Tonto NF and the privately held Quarter Circle U Ranch. I was surprised at how lush this part of the Supers was at the end of another blast-furnace summer. I would guess it's due largely to a good Monsoon.

After about 2.6 miles, you'll come to the junction of the Dutchman's Trail and Coffee Flat Trail, #108. Take the Coffee Flat trail but not before you turn arond and look for the small 'eye of the needle' on Miner's Needle. The Coffee Flat is not heavily traveled and you'll notice this right away by it's condition. It is still plenty visible and not difficult to follow at all however.

The trail dips in and out of some arroyos and becomes just slightly more rugged than the previous Dutchman's Trail. Soon you'll slowly switchback up to another junction with a connector trail from the Quarter Circle U. This section of the Coffee Flat Trail used to be part of an old freight wagon road that led from Mesa to Superior during the late 1890's and early 1900's. It's interesting to imagine someone driving a mule wagon through this landscape. Stay on the Coffee Flat continuing east. The Coffee Flat Mountains make an informal U shape seen to the north. The trail continues down from the ranch junction to Whitlow Canyon and some cool shade in the Mesquite bosques. Along the trail to the south there is an old corral that makes an interesting rest spot.

Continue on the Coffee Flat about another mile to Coffee Flat proper. You'll know you're close when you spot the bright green, as I write this, Cottonwoods that are down along Coffee Flat Creek. Cottonwoods are real water-hogs and they're a good indicator of either surface water or water near the surface in the Sonoran Desert.

You'll see the trees and an old windmill below you at the base of Buzzard's Roost, a tall stand of orange rock that colorfully backgrounds this spot. The trail travels down to the creekbed, dry right now but with plenty of high-water debris, and crosses up to the largest multi-armed saguaro I have ever seen. Take the side trail to the windmill and stock tank. There is usually filterable or treatable water in the tank to replenish your supply and it makes for a refreshing head-dunk if it's a warm day. Plan to spend some time here as the water supply that creates this oasis of Willow and Cottonwood is really pleasant. You can turn around here and head back to Peralta for a round trip of about 10.6 miles or you can continue to Dripping Springs.

To Dripping Springs, take the trail south towards Buzzard's Roost and you'll soon come to a stick and barb wire fence and gate. The trail continues past the gate into the private land of the Quarter Circle U Ranch for about 3/4 mile, then back into the Tonto NF. Ranch and range etiquette rules apply here. If the gate is open, pass through and leave it open. If it is closed, pass through and re-close it after you.

The trail, as it passes into private land, is not maintained by the Forest Service and it can get a little difficult to follow and is quite overgrown with plenty of Catclaw in spots. My legs look like pincushions in boots today. Long pants are a great idea. At the base of Buzzard's Roost, turn left or east to continue. The trail sort of follows Randolph Canyon and you'll need to tune up your trailfinding skills a little. Watch closely for cairns marking the crossings at washes and mind the Catclaw. After the trail returns to Tonto NF land, things get better.

Continue for another 3/4 mile along, and in, Randolph Canyon. Again look for the telltale Cottonwoods that mark Dripping Springs. This is another great spot. Flat rocks and some water in the creekbed and nice shade, and sound, from the Cottonwoods in the wind. The spring is on the south side of the canyon and literally drips from a fissure in the wall. There are several sweet campsites here so I'd like to backpack in sometime and spend a night or two. Rest and water up and then head back the way you came to the Peralta Trailhead.

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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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2001-10-15 nealz
    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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    Dripping Springs from Peralta
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    Five years ago I did this hike for the first time, exactly one month later in the year. And going in a clockwise direction.

    I get ahead of myself... I started out just before 7 from the Peralta TH to do a 14 mile hike, 7 miles out Coffee Flat and back. When I got to where the Read Tanks joins the Coffee Flat I made the decision to change my itinerary. I'd take the Red Tanks back. I figured I'd done this before, it was a cooler day than the previous time, I had plenty of water and I was indestructible. Of course I ignored that I didn't have any food and I was 5 years older. Going CCW was really different, the up hills seemed longer and steeper. On the first trip the trail was covered in wildflowers. This time it was covered in cats claw and prickly pears. Going CCW I found that I tended to loose the trail easier than I remember happening the first time.

    Then by the time I got to the Whiskey Springs turn off I was already tired, and still had to up that hill.

    The first trip I rated this loop as a 5, if I were going to rate it today it'd probably only be a 3. Wow quite a difference.

    There were two really good things about the hike. The sights at the upper LaBarge box were better going this direction. Never saw the spire and cave from the other direction. The other great thing is I made it.
    Dripping Springs from Peralta
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    I could not decide where to go for birthday hike and stumbled upon this one the night before. I did the research and loaded the maps and I still was not prepared enough for this one. Only 15 minutes of headlamp needed on the Dutchman trail and then through Barkley Basin and to Coffee Flats. This is the easiest hike in all of the Superstitions. IMO The actual hiking is incredibly dull, but those views at sunrise are just some of the best I have ever seen. Also, the thousands of saguaro created quite a forest leading up to the king saguaro. Most arms I have ever seen. Made it to the old trough and windmill at Randolph Canyon in 2 hours and thought I was making great time. Randolph in the fall is beautiful! The colors on all of the trees increased as the canyon walls tightened. As I was making my way to Dripping springs, I saw several of the smallest seeps coming out of the rocks below. The actual spring was dripping.. barely. Only water I saw all day. The camp spot there seems like it would be a great one when the creek is flowing. There were some small caves above but I didnt feel like climbing around in there and I had a lot more hike ahead of me.. A lot more. The start of the Red Tanks section was very gradual and mis-leading! :x After gaining 500 feet in 2 1/2 miles, the trail goes steeper and gains another 500 feet in about 1 mile. Took a lunch break here at 5 hours in. I knew I still had the climb out of Whiskey to Miner's, but I assumed because I was at the highest point on the hike, the rest would be easy peasy. It was not easy peasy. Coming over the saddle into Red Tanks Divide, the views were spectacular and everything was so green and lush. Sometimes it doesnt even make sense that this is considered a desert.. then again, this is December. After not too long I got to really enjoy that lushness up close and personal, as the brush became so thick at times it was nearly impassable. Also, the 'brush' was actually bushes completely made of thorns. At times I felt like I was in the first 'Saw' movie with all the barbed wire. Wearing shorts was not a problem as mostly all of the terrible stuff was waist and above. It had no problem ripping through 2 layers of clothing and shredding half my body. I was shuddering at the thoughts of the show 'Naked and Afraid'. I haven't had my fingers scratched up like that since I bought my daughter a kitten 3 years ago. Trying to go around the trail and find a 'better' way was futile, so I sucked it up and just pushed though. Scared a white tail up the hill (from my shrills of pain probably). Much wildlife will be sustained in those mountains due to the amounts of my flesh torn off and left on those thorns. I finally made it through the worst of it as I got to Upper LaBarge Canyon? This canyon was very remarkable due to it was like 2 views in one the way you peered down through the canyon, and then off to far away landscapes between and beyond. The trail stays mostly on the northern side of the canyon, but once it drops down into the creek, there were some gigantic boulders to navigate and climb around that took some extra time for route finding. Saw the very large Herman's Cave, but didnt bother to even check it out because at that point I was exhausted. Took a well deserved break at the Red Tanks/ Whiskey Springs junction and recharged. The hike up to Miner's saddle was not that bad and I did have enough energy to pick up the pace quite a bit down the hill. Probably not a good idea, because just about the 20 mile mark, I could feel myself starting to really break down. Back at the Coffee Flat junction my legs went into auto pilot. I couldn't feel them moving but they kept going and so did I, and an hour later I was back at the Peralta TH.
    This was a fantastic hike that is only meant for an elite few, because it is an extremely tough one! Always good to push your limits but you have to know what those limits are and respect your own intuitions. I really pushed myself out there and maybe too much because that night and since then, I have had a pretty bad fever. I'm sure I will be all well for next Thursday's hike! Be safe out there, everyone!
    Dripping Springs from Peralta
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    I drove out to the Reavis North trailhead on Saturday but there wasn't a parking spot left. You could have parked on a wide corner but not to my liking. The idea of an alternate hike on the way out crossed my mind but Blue Jeep was in the middle of a radiator transplant so I just went home and finished the job. Sunday with the work all done, I drove Blue jeep out to Peralta trailhead for a test run and hiked out Coffee Flat trail for a change. The start was good and I didn't see any hikers until the turn off on Coffee Flat trail. There was no one on from thereon out and so I continued up Red Tanks trail for a mile or so for some exercise. Coffee Flat trail was blocked with tree limbs well before the first gate and you will end up at Whitlow Corral if you miss the turn. You could continue down the side trail and hike north up Whitlow Canyon back to Reeds Water but that adds another mile. Red Tanks trail can be followed but if you get off trail it's difficult to find again so pay attention. I found a rock hammer off the trail and 4 beers near Dripping Spring. :D This is a nice detour to avoid traffic.
    Dripping Springs from Peralta
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    trans-Supes (Miles to First Water)
    Originally planned to take a couple of days to do the Highline from end to end in Payson, but weather nixed that last minute as the first snow system of the year blew in 3-6". So, decided the day before to divert to the Supes and do a trans-Superstitions hike from east to west, and I decided on Miles as the start and First Water as the end.

    There are lots of possibilities for something like this. Actually, if we had had a little bit more time, I would rather have taken a route that included Rogers Canyon Trail rather than the forest road between Rogers TH and Woodbury E TH, but we needed to shave off a few miles. Weather was nice for our trip, but we knew we only had a day and a half, as my friend Bill needed to get to another appointment, thus the cuts. My first time out on the trail with him, great company!

    Spent the night at Miles Trailhead, just as the weather system was finishing up in the state. It actually still had more rain to get out of its system before daybreak, but we kept dry. Sure did make our start on day 1 a bit wet though, all the water on the grass and bushes had our pants, shoes and socks soaked through after we started out the next morning. Just before sunrise, checked out the property a little bit before starting on the trail. Was surprised to see a fairly new grave on the Miles property, dated 2014. Then stated down the West Pinto. At first the creek was dry, but once we passed Oak Flat the creek started building up a pretty nice flow. Past Oak Flat, there still was the sketchy trail for a few miles, requiring the GPS a few times. Saw a couple of whitetail deer on the trail, lots of bear scat (some fresh), punched through the catclaw and other bushes. We were able to make the high point of the trail, then descend to Rogers Spring, check it out and get to Rogers Trough TH by 11:30.

    Bill and I coasted down the forest service road to Woodbury's eastern trailhead, seeing our only person for the day ATV'er on the forest road. Once on Woodbury, much of it was intuitive, cross-country hiking, not any well-defined trail. I checked out the homestead again, whereby this time the bear scat of course was more like ... cow scat. Went around JF Ranch to hit the Coffee Flat Trail, which basically just follows Fraser Canyon's wash from the ranch to Dripping Spring and beyond before becoming an actual trail. Descended into Barkley Basin (love that view of all the saguaros in the basin!), then over to Miners Needle and the Dutchman Trail to get to Peralta. Bill had some foot trouble, all the water and wet feet on the trail led to some pretty nasty blisters that he ended up needing to have a doctor tend to (yikes!). Arriving at Peralta at 5:20, we decided to pause there for the afternoon, crashing nearby until sunup the next morning.

    That next morning was a quick half-day, heading up Bluff Springs Trail from Peralta to the Terrapin, and then over Bull Pass Trail to the Dutchman Trail and out. On our second day, we didn't run into anyone until we were on the other side of Parker Pass, just a couple of miles from First Water TH. Did see another whitetail out there on day 2, though.

    Trip took a bit longer than expected due to my friend's blisters, but not too bad at all. Had some nice breaks to sit down and admire the scenery, and give him a chance to go at his own pace and catch up to me. 10:45 day 1, 6:06 day 2.
    Dripping Springs from Peralta
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    Out and back hike to Dripping Springs from Peralta. I started my hike at 7:35am. It was right at 32 degrees at the trailhead when I started, but the sun was shining bright as I dropped down into Barkley's Basin and I warmed up quickly.

    I have been on the Coffee Flat trail before, but only to the first gate before I turned around. That was almost three years ago and one of my first hikes from Peralta. This time I kept on going, inspired by the beauty as I progressed along this trail.

    I reached the Dripping Springs area about three hours after I started. I set my gear on a large piece of red rock near the creek and set about to explore the area. It is so beautiful in there, well worth the trip. I had lunch at the rock where I left my gear and enjoyed the peace and tranquility along the creek. Georgeous.

    A great hike on a beautiful day in the Superstition Wilderness.
    Dripping Springs from Peralta
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    Two weeks earlier while hiking the super loop I noticed a few areas I wanted to check out in Randolph Canyon. Denny was looking for some pain so he came along for the trek. We started just before 7a and used headlamps for a few minutes then realized it was light enough hike with no added light. The hike up Dutchman and over Coffee Flat went well and the loose rocks didn't slow our progress. By 9:11a we were at Dripping Springs and talked with 3 backpackers who were at the end of a 6 day stroll. They commented that last night was nice and warm with the cloud cover but a few days earlier thier water froze overnight near Upper La Barge Box. I guess Lee picks the cold camping spots so he can build a big fire. After our chat Denny and I checked out the cave with the cot. It was warm inside there and we decided it would be a good place to spend the night if we ever got stuck out there. The next stop was a cliff base on the north side a short way back toward Reeds Water. Denny did spot a small wall which look exactly like one Lee posted a photo of a few weeks back. The next spot wasn't as easy. We hiked up to the alcoves on the south side which were higher up above some nice scree slopes. The alcove was large with good views but no ruins or others signs of habitation. On the scramble down we saw a gray fox but he wasn't as friendly as the previous on I saw in the Supes so no photos this time. There was one other alcove on the way down but it was a dud as well. Eventually we hiked out to Reeds Water and took a short rest. We still had enough time to hit Reeds Camp so off we went. The plan was to locate the old road on the way and get another look at the area. The road is overgrown but fairly obvious is areas as the burm is stacked with rocks. Denny got some photos of the refrigerator, engine and other cool stuff and it was time to head back. We made it back to the trailhead by 2:14p and cruised out on the recently graded Peralta Road. Thanks for sharing the pain Denny.
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    Hiked from Peralta TH out to Whetrock Canyon to stretch the legs a bit and to do a little exploring. While in Whetrock Canyon two white dogs came zipping up to us which I recognized quickly as Blanco and Cup, so I figured Lee would be soon to follow. Second time we have run into Lee while off-trail which is way too funny. Great day hike out in a great area of the Superstition Wilderness.
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    I did an easy seven mile backpack into Dripping Springs to further explore some caves and overhangs in the area, and explore Randolph Canyon past the intersection with Red Tanks.

    I only saw one group of hikers all day on day one, they were camped near Reed's Water. The stretch of trail through Randolph Canyon along Coffee Flats is really a little paradise in the Supes right now with the still trickling water, great views and thriving vegetation. I was intentionally lazy on day one, I only revisited a modest cave-dwelling site that I had come across the week before and then spent the day reading, and enjoying the very warm January day with the dogs. Although, grabbing a fire wood was quite the chore, as there is not much firewood around the campsites near Dripping Springs and I did not want to start hacking off live limbs of trees, as others have resorted to :?

    I started Saturday morning off by exploring a cave in Whetrock Canyon that I had spotted with Wally over a month ago. It proved to be a dud, in fact, every overhang, cave and hill I climbed up to on Saturday proved to be a dud. They were also pretty rough on the dogs, lungs, and legs, yet great on views so it was a little quid pro quo I guess. I ran into Dave and his son Ryan while coming down Whetrock Canyon, they had day hiked in from Peralta that morning. The encounter was strange because that is the second time I had ran into those two in some pretty random off-trail spots in Supes. From Whetrock I explored some hills near the JF Ranch, I then made my way to Woodbury TH, where I photo-bombed a trail cam and then headed north on JF Ranch Trail until its intersection with the upper stretches of Randolph Canyon. From there the dogs and I left trail again and made our way down Randolph Canyon to its intersection with Fraser Canyon near our camp at Dripping Springs. Randolph Canyon was not to bad, typical dry creek bed walking, plenty of water, some great views, and a few minor attractions along the route. Dave brought out some great seasoned frozen pork Saturday night, and I think it may have been the dogs and myself's highlight of the weekend. I cooked over a pound of that pork on our fire and shared with Cup and Blanco, it was quite the pleasant surprise for the pups.

    Had a late night Saturday, slept in a little Sunday. Was not up for additional exploring though, mainly because Cup had a little bit of a limp. Our leisurely hike Saturday turned into a 13 mile loop with some significant off-trail mixed in and she was feeling it. That coupled with the fact that the dogs and I spent 8 of our last 12 days in the Supes and covered just a hair under 85 miles in that time frame may have had something to do with it. Dave went to Whetrock and I headed to the TH. Perlata was bumping as usual, with over flow lots packed, and people everywhere, further reinforcing my happiness that I only ran into two groups of hikers where I went.
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    Tortilla via Peralta TH
    This is another hike from last year, however, I think its alright to post now, because it is right around the same time of year, and with the extended holidays coming up, some may be looking for some nice three and four day treks. This hike certainly offered some challenging changes in elevations, cold temperatures, and solitude. Most seasoned backpackers would find this to be a moderate hike in terms of difficulty, route finding (all trail), and total miles.

    We started at Peralta TH the day after Christmas. Our chosen route was the Dutchman's Trail to Coffee Flats, to Red Tanks, Hoolie Bacon, then Peter's Trail back to the Dutchman's Trail and finishing up on Bluff Springs Trail. If you are into simply drawing new lines on your map and knocking out some remote areas of the Supers this hike may be for you.

    Day one was our highest mile day of entire hike. We did not stop much, mainly because of the cool temperatures, we had some Christmas Tamales at a nice deep pool of water along Red Tanks, did a quick side trip to explore what proved to be an old Indian dwelling that utilized a deceptively deep cave. Although, the cave was not hard to locate only a short distance into Red Tanks Trail, it seemed not many people had been, because there was literally plate size pot sherds littering the ground. Our day one goal was to stay at Brad's Water which is in a side canyon/wash before you reach Hoolie Bacon, however, once we got there, we chose to just push forward, as we knew water was not going to be an issue. For future reference Brad's Water always has water, I will put my name and honor to that, if you are ever in a pinch during hot months, there will be water. However, it is not easy to find, I don't know if it was man-made, but it is essentially a small cave or rock grotto that has filled with water, about waste deep and pretty far back. We chose to camp our first night near the opening/beginning of Trap Canyon, just off Hoolie Bacon. We ran into the only people we saw on entire hike around five or so in the afternoon, they were doing a similar loop in reverse, except they were going through La Barge Box, definitely a more direct loop than ours. It got extremely cold the first night, our water froze and we started our second morning with what would be a trend for the first two days, thawing out our tents, recovering our gear, and huddling around the fire. For an additional side trip, if camped near the origins of Trap Canyon, a short walk down the canyon will take you to a ground level cave dwelling, with remnants of former walls and several grinding holes.

    Our day two was relatively short in miles, but very scenic, and cold. Hoolie Bacon and Red Tanks both seem to really meander along and drag out at points. The day was made interesting by a pretty good little snow storm in the early afternoon and a fun descent down Horse Ridge. There are opportunities for side-trips as well in this area, for example, one can check out the Lost Dutchman Mine Jr. which is located near intersection of Hoolie Bacon and JF Trail. However, we have never been overly impressed by this cave/maybe old mine so we just pushed on towards Indian Springs. There was no need to find an actual spring, however, we did find the old troughs and some piping. Indian Springs proved to be another really cold night, but lets be real we built a very large fire. We camped in a pretty well-established spot, in fact, someone's entire camp seemed to have been just abandoned in place there, but it was in a sad state.

    Day three we continued down Peter's Trail, took a GPS reading at Kane Spring and made our way towards Peter's Mesa, which begins with a pretty good climb. We ran into the same group from day before near Peter's Mesa, chatted a little and continued mission. We went off-trail around Peter's Mesa and dropped down into one of our favorite canyons to take a short-cut to camp at one of our favorite spots. The third night must have literally been 15 degrees warmer and we woke up to very warm temps on day four. It was kind of weird, after spending the first two nights in rather unfamiliar areas we kind of felt like we were already home, even though we were still in the Supers. Our hike out was pretty uneventful, just taking your standard well-traveled western Supes trails to Peralta TH. In fact, I finished in short sleeves and shorts, which was a far cry from my opening morning picture.
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    Kyle and I got together for a quick hike out in the Supes. We started from Peralta and headed east on the Dutchman and continued east on the Coffee Flat Trail. The going was fairly easy and we made good time. We then connected onto the Red Tanks trail and our pace slowed as we navigated very heavy growth and lot of cat claw. The Red Tanks is one of my favorite hikes in the Supes even though it's a pain. I especially like the section next to La Barge.

    After a while we connected on the Whiskey Spring trail. Luckily the trail was in better condition and we made great time. We stopped to check out the spring and there was some water present. We dunked our bandanas and continued on to the Dutchman. The final piece of our hike returned us to Peralta. By this point we pretty much put our heads down and grinded out the last couple of miles.

    This was another great day in the Supes. We did not see anyone as soon as we left the trailhead. Kyle and I have good luck with this on most of our hikes! Hopefully more hikers get out to the Red Tanks trail which will help open up the trail.

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    To Peralta Trailhead
    7.6 miles east of the junction Idaho Rd / US-60. Turn Left on to FS77 which is Peralta Road. Follow FS77 5.6 miles to a left and up turnoff. Continue 1.9 miles to Peralta Trailhead.

    The trailhead has restrooms minus running water. The parking lot is huge. It does fill up in season on weekends. Since there are no lines the rangers ask that you park straight between the posts in the main lot. Please do your part with this simple request and make room for the next guy. 0.5 miles before reaching the trailhead is an overflow lot which is also suited for horse trailer parking.

    From PHX (Jct I-10 & AZ-51) 45.2 mi - about 1 hour 8 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 97.0 mi - about 2 hours 16 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 192 mi - about 3 hours 15 mins
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