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Rough N Ready - Willow Springs Crossover, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.62 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,916 feet
Elevation Gain -88 feet
Accumulated Gain 67 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.84
Backpack Yes
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Author markthurman53
author avatar Guides 162
Routes 683
Photos 7,885
Trips 532 map ( 4,888 miles )
Age 67 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → Any
Seasons   Early Winter to Early Spring
Sun  5:16am - 7:39pm
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Take the short cut
by markthurman53

This is a short 0.6-mile connector trail that links the middle Rough N Ready Trail to the Willow Springs Canyon Trail just north of Willow Springs Basin. Being a connector trail, it is a good candidate for more extensive loop hikes.

Access to this trail from the west is along the Rough N Ready Trail. The Rough N Ready trail at this junction is up high on the east side of the creek, so if you are walking in the creek at this point, you will not see this junction. The crossover trail climbs out of the Rough N Ready Canyon and onto a flat, shallow ridge that separates it from Willow Springs Canyon. Total elevation gain from this direction is less than 100 feet. At about 0.3 miles in, the trail drops into Willow Springs Canyon with an elevation change of 180 feet over 0.3 miles. There are rock Cairns on each end of the trail to mark the trail starts. This trail looks to be heavily used and therefore easy to follow. While there are no spectacular views from this trail, being it is a low ridge, the Rock formations to the north caught my eye.

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2019-03-29 markthurman53

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    Connector trail - Not Applicable

    To Willow (arbitrary/unofficial) Trailhead
    Apache trail Northeast from Idaho Road in Apache Junction. About 10 miles northeast to highway marker 204. Just before the marker turn left into parking area. A reference point is the Needle Vista viewpoint on the south of the highway. The trailhead is not marked but is a clear pulloff area just before the 204 sign.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 42.5 mi - about 48 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 136 mi - 2 hours 14 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 186 mi - 3 hours 2 mins
    (Trailhead is generic)
    page created by markthurman53 on Mar 28 2019 10:31 pm
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