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Tanner Peak 6917, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 11.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,438 feet
Elevation Gain 1,479 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,129 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 21.75
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Creek & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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10  2017-06-01 kingsnake
15  2013-07-13
Armer Mountain Loop with Tanner Peak
15  2013-07-13
Armer Mountain Loop with Tanner Mountain
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Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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🔥 2016 Juniper Fire30.6k
🔥 2011 Tanner Fire5.5k
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by kingsnake

The summit of Tanner Peak is less than a mile from the summit of Armer Mountain. You could do both in one hike, but it would add 1000 AEG of bushwhacking to your day. 1000 AEG on a trail is not so bad, but bushwhacking it makes much harder, slower & physical. Going up & down a trail is legs & lungs, but doing it through brush and over rocks is a full-body workout, likely involving plasma loss.

I don’t know what the northwest slope of Armer Mountain is like, but I do know the wash up from Sawmill Flats Campground is full of razor blades, so if I was to do both Tanner Peak and Armer Mountain, I try it instead from the Rose Creek Campground. At least most of the mileage would be on an old jeep trail.

From the Rose Creek Campground, hike south, upslope, past the pit toilet. It’s a steep little climb, and quite slippery on all the pine needles. Turn north onto FR-95, which is mostly smooth sailing.

FR-95 is level for about 0.75 miles, before dipping about 200 ft. to some access roads to private property, on which I saw several barns/hunting cabins.

At 1.5 miles, FR-95 turns west, away from the private property, and begins switchbacking uphill, about 800 ft. in a mile and a half.

Halfway up the climb, on the right-hand side of the trail is an abandoned truck, in pretty good condition as such things go.

FR-95 levels out for the next 1.5 miles until it begins climbing up the Deer Creek drainage, along the east slope of Tanner Peak. You could turn west at any time, and take Tanner Peak head-on, but it will be even steeper, rockier, and more tangled than the route I took.

About 5.5 miles up FR-95, it reaches a saddle between Tanner Peak and Armer Mountain. If you were to double summit, this would be where you start ascending Armer.

Just before the saddle, turn right, and head up the spine of Tanner Peak. It’s only a quarter-mile to the summit, but it is a steep, tangled, rocky, 300 ft. climb. It’s not nearly as bad as coming at it from the side: I’d know, since that is the way I started down, until thinking the wiser of it.

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2017-06-03 kingsnake
    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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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    Depending on where you live in the Valley, there are two general ways to get to the Rose Creek Campground: From the south & east Valley, take US-60 to Globe, then AZ-188 north towards Roosevelt Lake. From other parts of the Valley, exit Loop 101 at Shea. Go east on Shea to the Beeline Highway (AZ-87). Go north on the Beeline Highway for 46 miles to AZ-188. Go east on AZ-188 for 46 miles, passing through the small communities of Jake’s Corner, Punkin Center, Tonto Basin, and Roosevelt. Turn north onto the Young Highway (AZ-288). The road is narrow & twisty as it climbs into the Sierra Ancha, so mind your speed. In ~22 miles, as AZ-288 crests the climb, it turns to car drivable dirt. In ~2 more miles, on the left, will be a sign for the Rose Creek Campground. Be careful if you are not driving an SUV or better. A quarter-mile down the road will be a heavy metal gate, turn left, crossing Rose Creek, into the campground.
    page created by kingsnake on Jun 03 2017 9:50 am

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