Old Turk's Head - Peak 2777, AZ

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Distance Lasso-Loop 7.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,222 feet
Elevation Gain 160 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,348 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3-6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 14.34
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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Author Steph_and_Blake
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Location Grand Junction, CO
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Sun  5:36am - 7:28pm
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Why's this called "Old Turk's Head"?
by Steph_and_Blake

After having hiked to Turk's Head several weeks ago, the gang decided to hike to the top of Old Turk's Head from the Carney Springs trailhead (heading west). The hiking was nice and easy and, after the first 0.5 miles or so where we took a left onto the Lost Goldmine Trail #60, the wildflowers were beautiful. (It was rather windy, though, so please forgive my somewhat blurry photos.)

The trail meanders in and out of small drainages for about 1.5 miles just south of the Superstition Wilderness boundary. Along the way, you can see Turk's Head and, occasionally, Old Turk's head in the background. We found the views of the Superstition Ridgeline interesting from this new perspective. We rounded the southern flank of Turk's Head and then abandoned the trail. However, we couldn't help but notice that someone(s) had put in a fair amount of effort to clear a path of vegetation up to some strange rock formations we passed about a third of the way to the top. Perhaps the weird rock formations are a popular place to hang out?

We continued upward in a north-westerly direction, picking our way among the teddy bear chollas. Between the strange rock formations and the chute we went up, there was a fair amount of loose rock so please be advised. Once on top, we had views of Picketpost, Dinosaur, Camelback, Red Mountain, and the Superstition Ridgeline. There was a nice, open space for lunch and (my mandatory) group photo. We decided to seek out a different path down to avoid the loose rock and found that by going straight east on a north-facing slope we had better footing with plenty of stable grass. We made it down into a mostly dry drainage and utilized the bare rock until there was too much catclaw. From there we left the drainage and headed south to pick up the Lost Goldmine Trail for a return to the Carney Springs trailhead.

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2017-03-03 Steph_and_Blake
    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 $$
    AZ State Recreational Land Permits
    For hiking, driving & sightseeing purposes, you seek the recreational permit.
    Under "Recreational Land Use" in the link above.
    2020 - $15.00 individual
    2020 - $20.00 family limited to two adults and children under the age of 18
    Plus $1 processing fee
    The permitting process quick, you will be emailed your permit instantly.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To Carney Spring 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 0.6 miles to Carney Spring Trailhead.

    This trailhead and the first 0.5 miles is periodically enforced as being on State Land, see permit for info.
    2 easy ways to avoid the small lot and fee.
    - Lost Goldmine TH / +0.9 miles GPS Route
    - Peralta TH w/restrooms / +1.3 miles GPS Route

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 46.3 mi - about 1 hour 6 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 95.8 mi - about 2 hours 12 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 191 mi - about 3 hours 10 mins
    page created by Steph_and_Blake on Mar 03 2017 12:58 pm
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