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Dripping Springs from Woodbury, AZ

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Abbey's Way Trail #151
Abbey's Way Trail #151
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 8.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,500 feet
Elevation Gain -1,012 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.66
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Location Scottsdale, AZ
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by Desertboots

This trail can best be described as a difficult easy hike. It's the East end of the Coffee Flat trail, which can also be accessed from Peralta Trailhead via the Dutchman Trail. There is a description of it under Dripping Springs from Peralta.

I say difficult because you spend half your time looking for a trail. You start off at the gate. It is bolted shut, so you have to climb over the gate itself. Once over the top, you descend rapidly into Fraser Canyon via the ranch access road, and the JF Ranch area. When you finally hit bottom you are at JF Ranch. This is still a working ranch, and private property, so I didn't go nose around too much. Plus, I have a fear of cows, so I stayed as far away as I could from them critters.

Along the fence line is the actual trailhead for Coffee Flat. Go through the barbwire gate there and follow the fence line till the fence runs out. Here is where the games begin. You will go into the wash and cross in and out of it numerous times. You have to look for cairns, but if you don't see any right away after dumping into the wash, just follow the wash. If you ever lose the trail, just follow the wash. You can walk in the wash, as I did for many lengths. Remember, The Wash is The Way! There is one section that follows what was a wagon train road back before I was born, a real long time ago. Here is the one and only place where the trail leaves the wash and rises significantly.

You will go through lots of Cat claw, You will encounter Prickly Pear Gauntlets. You will see many strange things. I was expecting to run into Bilbo, Frodo and perhaps, Gandalf.

After about 3.5 miles, you'll get to an area where there are a dozen or so Willows in the middle of the wash. This is Whetstone Springs. There was water here as you can tell by the photo, but the cattle had fouled it so badly, I don't even think it could be filtered.
Soon you will reach the intersection with the Red Tanks Trail # 107. You are pretty much there at Dripping Springs. There wasn't much dripping going on when I was there. Across from where the springs allegedly drip, there are a couple of caves up in the canyon wall.

I looked around and had lunch before heading back. There's an Arby's there (just kidding). It was very very remote out there and I was all alone. I was thinking about this right at the time the alien spacecraft landed and....oops, did I say that? Not really, friends and neighbors. I'm just kidding. But it was a perfect setting for something like that to happen. But no space aliens this trip, darn it all...
You just follow the same "trail" back to where you came from.

NOTE: One thing about hiking on rangeland where cattle are present. The cattle tend to make their own trails. As long as folks keep the wash insight, they'll be okay. There aren't cairns in some places and you get confused.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2001-11-25 Desertboots
    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 Woodbury Trailhead
    Take US 60 east out of Apache Junction. A couple miles past Florence Junction at MP214.2 turn north onto Queen Valley Road and drive for 1.6 miles. Turn right onto FR357 (Hewlett Station Road) and drive for 3.0 miles to signed FR172. Turn left onto FR172 and drive for 9.1 miles to the intersection of FR172A/172B. IF going to Rogers Trough TH/Parking, then turn right onto FR172A and drive 3.8 rough miles to the Rogers Trough TH; IF going to Woodbury TH, then turn left onto FR172B and drive 1.1 miles to the Woodbury TH/Parking.

    Notice This trailhead may or may not be accessible by sedan. The road is generally grated once a year. Opinions differ on what is and is not doable.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 65.6 mi - about 1 hour 49 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 98.9 mi - about 2 hours 39 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 210 mi - about 3 hours 52 mins

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