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Hamilton Crossing Trail #623 - Sitgreaves NF, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Payson > Clints Well
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 0.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,548 feet
Elevation Gain -612 feet
Accumulated Gain 612 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 2.79
Interest Historic & Seasonal Creek
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Camp Grasshopper - EClrCrkCyn- Sitgreaves NF
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19  2015-05-15
Hamilton Crossing Trail #45 - Coconino NF
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2015-10-19

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    Hamilton Crossing Trail #623 - Sitgreaves NF
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    I'm sure that the history of this "old-historic" ? 1800's - 1900's ? Pack Route which enters East Clear Creek Canyon from the West side via Trail #45 (the Coconino NF side) and from the East side via Trail #623 (the Sitgreaves NF side), would be interesting to read about, but I unfortunately have just not taken the time to research it.. but I bet it's out there.

    In May'15 Oregon Hiker and I hiked the west side down (Trail #45) to East Clear Creek Drainage and explored the immediate area. There was a lot of water in ECC drainage during this visit so our exploring progress up and down the canyon was limited unless we were willing to swim a little and we were not. We were both intrigued by the possible Trail #623 Sitgreaves NF- East side route but we did not have time on our May'15 visit to scout it out to see if it was for real. Later I was unable to confirm on the Sitgreaves NF website and their Forest Map that it even still existed..

    So, for my 10/14 to 10/18/15 Camp Grasshopper visit, this hike was high on my priority list. The problem was that it was a fairly long way from where I was actually camping and the secondary dirt roads for access, especially 6.25ml one way FR63B was a pain in the :pk: to drive being required 4WD, very rocky, rough, and slow for my to be "in & out" hike of only 1.5 miles. Maybe it was best that this first day's hike was mostly driving and less hiking since viewing my profile, I actually had not done/posted another hike on HAZ since June 2, 2015 :oops: . Out of state family visit priorities and some recent surgery with a longer waiting & recovery period than anticipated is my excuse.

    Now that we have confirmed that these two West and East Side trails really do exist and have now documented them here on HAZ, it would be an interesting trip for others to hopefully consider hiking both trails with some time to explore up and down this very scenic & remote East Clear Creek Canyon drainage area.. probably mid-May again would be my recommendation and driving in via the Coconino NF West side (Trail #45 TH Start).
    Hamilton Crossing Trail #623 - Sitgreaves NF
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    Camp Grasshopper - EClrCrkCyn- Sitgreaves NF
    This originally planned 6 day/5 night Camp G/H vehicle camping and hike exploration trip to the Sitgreaves NF (ECC Canyon- East side) was originally conceived back in May'15 when Oregon Hiker and I did a first time visit to a remote, less visited section of East Clear Creek Canyon (on the Coconino NF- West side).. see [ description ]

    Originally there were ~five of us who were considering this trip to the Sitgreaves NF (ECC Canyon- East side), but as sometimes happens, other plans including some very unstable weather conditions for this trip period caused me to be the only one fully committed and even I needed to exit one day early (after five days) due to so much wetness at my to presently remain obscure 6250ft location campsite.

    I do believe that this ECC section and campsite area was probably the most remote that I have ever camped in AZ to date.. I did not see another vehicle or person the whole five days I was exploring this immediate area.. but strangely enough I did have Verizon texting capability on my smartphone which allowed me to communicate some and came in very handy when needing HAZ-ssk44 (Eric) to feed me the latest NWS Area Forecasts :)

    This is an area of East Clear Creek Canyon that one does not want to risk being alone, injured in or disappearing in, so me being alone and somewhat unfamiliar with the area other than what I had previously viewed/drawn via HAZ-MapDEX/Route Mgr and had downloaded in my GPSr, I needed to be extra careful and was. I had three important exploratory hikes on my agenda that I really wanted to accomplish this trip and I did so within my first three full days:

    ..Hamilton Crossing Trail #623 - Sitgreaves NF;
    ..Explore an old 1900's Ranching Homestead with a still standing three room cabin & interesting outside history;
    ..Hike Explore down/up an ancient Indian Rock Route/Path?? or Ranching Route?? down to ECC Canyon, then explore some in both directions within the ECC Canyon Drainage; (From our May'15- :next: [ photo ] & [ photo ] )

    Another overall interesting, successful, and rewarding adventure to a new area for me with another to be planned exploratory visit fully justified. Also, a bunch of rough, rocky, Grasshopper driving miles to & from.
    Hamilton Crossing Trail #623 - Sitgreaves NF
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    Oregon Hiker and I needed to come up with a few additional hikes to justify our recent 5/13 to 5/17 (4 night/5 day) vehicle camping and hike exploration trip to this northern section of Coconino NF off the east side of Hwy 87 north, approx 30 miles south of Winslow, AZ.

    Using our valuable HAZ- TrailDEX, we found this Hamilton Crossing Trail #45 on HAZ with yet to be posted activity :-k Being only a few slow driving miles from our planned Camp G/H, we added it to our planned agenda mainly since it allowed for a supposed trail access into the bottom of East Clear Creek Canyon Drainage which we had hoped to access.

    Little did we know that this trail was a hidden gem with very scenic and wooded trail access into a very lush, riparian, and possibly perennial section of ECC. I rated this one a 4 of 5 and adding the additional value of it entering ECC close to the historic Hamilton Crossing at Coconino NF & Sitgreaves NF Pack Route TR 623 connection, it was a winner in my book :DANCE:

    I enjoyed this trail enough to take the time to send the Coconino NF- Blue Ridge Ranger District an email to say :thanx: and I later received a nice acknowledgment back from their trail planning staff :)

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    From Payson, AZ- Hwy 260 East to Rim Road (FR300). Drive Rim Road to intersection of FR300/FR34. Drive FR34 North to intersection of FR34/FR63(Tilman Road). Left Turn onto FR63, then drive FR63 North to intersection of FR63/FR63B. Left Turn (NNW) onto FR63B. Drive 4WD and sometimes Slow/Rocky FR63B for 6.25 winding miles to road end at recommended Park/TH Start (no trail signage present- see & download above posted GPS Hiking Route-less traveled faint hiking trail does exist with some rock cairns present)..Note: Also see above posted GPS Driving Route with all "key way points" included.
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