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Willow Connector Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,162 feet
Elevation Gain 102 feet
Accumulated Gain 102 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.04
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Location Tucson, Arizona
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Just a connector
by markthurman53

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The Goldfield mountains Willow Connector Trail is a short 0.7 mile trail that connects the Rough and Ready Trail to the Frankie Goes to Hollywood Trail. This is one of those trails you wonder what is the point of doing a description; it takes longer to write it than it does to walk it. Not only does “because it is there” apply but this little connector trail is actually a convenient little trail for longer loop hikes or when trying to traverse the front range hills of the Goldfield mountains. This trail is one piece of a network of trails that will connect upper Willow Springs Trail along the front range of the Goldfield Mountains to the Salt River (about 10 different trails).

The Willow connector Trail starts on its east end at the Rough N Ready Trail. This Junction is about 0.3 miles north of the Rough N Ready Junction with the Javelina Mine Trail. This is a well defined trail and follows alongside a small creek all the way to a low lying saddle that overlooks the wash to the west. Once on the saddle a little over a tenth of a mile later you reach the wash and the trail ends at the Frankie Goes to Hollywood trail. There is nothing earth shattering about this trail but most likely, as it was for me, it was the last leg of a much longer loop hike and I was grateful that it had a very gradual grade and most of all that it was short.

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    Connector trail - Not Applicable

    To Javelina Mine (arbitrary/unofficial) Trailhead
    About 2 miles past the Lost Dutchman Park entrance.

    NW on the Apache Trail from AZ-88 & Idaho Road in Apache Junction. 6.8 miles to just short of highway marker 203. Just before the marker turn right into parking area. The trailhead is not marked but is a clear pull off area just before the 203 sign and has parking for several many cars or horse trailers.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 42 min (41.5 miles)
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 1 h 53 min (112 miles)
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 2 h 50 min (183 miles)
    (Trailhead is generic)
    page created by markthurman53 on Feb 23 2020 9:06 pm
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