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Lone Pine TH Campsites, AZ

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Trailhead Elevation 5,760 feet
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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author avatar Guides 100
Routes 63
Photos 2,548
Trips 184 map ( 820 miles )
Age 73 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred Sep, Oct, Apr, May
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:43am - 7:18pm
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Tonto Lone Pine Ranger
by Steph_and_Blake

This description serves to inform those who are interested in hiking the Amethyst Trail, to Brown's Peak, part of the AZT or (for those overly-ambitious folks!) the Mother Lode, but are put off by the 5-hour drive (round-trip) from the East Valley. That's a lot of driving in a single day for one hike.

Located about 500 feet north of the Lone Pine trailhead is a rather large, fairly level dispersed campsite that would accommodate multiple tents and rigs. There are no facilities of any kind at this campsite (unless you count the 4 previously-made rock fire rings). I should also add that there is really no shade to speak of. However, there are views of Roosevelt Lake, craggy Brown's Peak, and the city lights of Phoenix (if you're into that sort of thing).

If you don't have a need to see the city lights and/or if you want shade, there are 2 other (smaller) camping spots a short distance back down (headed north) on Pigeon Spring Road.

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2018-09-06 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.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To Lone Pine Trailhead
    From Scottsdale follow Shea Blvd East to its terminus at SR87. Turn Left onto SR87. Follow SR87(this is the Beeline) to the Four Peaks Turnoff which is FR143. FR143 is well marked. Follow FR143 for about 19 miles of sheer hell in a car to the Mazatzal Divide. Turn right here onto FR648 and follow about 2 miles to the trailhead.

    From Mesa by CannondaleKid ( 2018-07-20 )
    From Red Mountain 202 & AZ 87/Country Club Dr
    5.0 miles = AZ 87/Gilbert Road intersection
    11.7 miles = AZ 87/Shea Boulevard intersection
    13.7 miles = AZ 87/Fort McDowell (Casino) Road intersection
    21.9 miles = AZ 87/Bush Highway overpass
    26.7 miles = AZ 87/Four Peaks Road (FR 143) Turn RIGHT

    From AZ 87/Beeline Highway & FR 143/Four Peaks Rd
    0.81 miles = Four Peaks Recreational Parking Lot Continue straight
    1.43 miles = Secondary Recreational Parking Lot Continue straight
    2.08 miles = Recreational Parking Lot at Forest Road 401 Bear LEFT
    3.38 miles = Forest Road 11 (Great Western Trail) 90-degree RIGHT turn
    4.05 miles = Forest Road 1521 90-degree curve LEFT
    10.87 miles = Forest Road 143A (Cline TH) Sharp 160-degree RIGHT turn
    14.98 miles = Mud Spring TH Bear LEFT and continue
    17.75 miles = Cattle Guard/Forest Road 648 Sharp 180-degree RIGHT turn
    19.10 miles = Lone Pine Trailhead End of FR 648

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 60.6 mi - about 2 hours 2 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 159 mi - about 3 hours 21 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 161 mi - about 3 hours 15 mins
    page created by Steph_and_Blake on Sep 06 2018 9:54 am
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated

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