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Snow Flat, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 0.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,808 feet
Elevation Gain -150 feet
Accumulated Gain 180 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.7
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Swift Trail (State Hwy 366)
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Author PrestonSands
author avatar Guides 169
Routes 148
Photos 5,615
Trips 1,500 map ( 7,599 miles )
Age 43 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Preferred   Aug, Sep, Jul, Jun → Any
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:12am - 7:30pm
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An avalanche of nature's beauty
by PrestonSands

Likely In-Season!
Why write a description for an easy, half-mile hike to nowhere? Because it's beautiful, and if you happen to be camped at Snow Flat in Arizona's Pinaleno Mountains, you might wonder what lies below the flat. A well-traveled trail, possibly dating to Snow Flat's days as a Boy Scout camp, leads into the forest below Snow Flat's little lake and makes for an interesting, albeit brief, exploration.

From the little concrete spillway on the south side of Snow Flat Lake, a distinct trail heads downhill into the coniferous forest, following Snow Flat's creek down a shallow drainage. The path soon beelines through a small meadow, which is filled with the Pinaleno's ubiquitous yellow wildflowers in summer.

As the drainage narrows, leafy skunk cabbage and cow parsnip plants line the trail, which stays close to the trickling creek.

After a quarter-mile of lush greenery, the drainage drops off the southern edge of the Pinaleno Mountains, and the little trail comes to an end atop a rocky platform next to the creek. Below, the canyon steepens and becomes a maze of near-vertical rock walls and tangled broadleaf trees. One can see a small wedge of the Sulphur Springs Valley out of the mouth of the canyon. There may be some small waterfalls farther down the canyon, but navigating through this rough terrain is not likely worth the effort.

On the return hike, be sure to stay right when the drainage forks, as a little side trail heads up the left drainage as well.

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2009-07-19 PrestonSands
    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.

    Permit $$

    Coronado Forest
    MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Safford, Arizona, head south on U.S. Highway 191. Turn west onto State Highway 366 (Swift Trail), and follow it for 20.1 miles to the signed turnoff for Snow Flat. Follow Forest Road #472 (Snow Flat Road) for 0.7 miles to the meadow at Snow Flat. Park anywhere, and head down to the lake, past the "motor travel is restricted to roadways" sign. The trail starts next to the spillway of the lake and heads downstream. (see hike description)
    page created by PrestonSands on Jul 19 2009 4:29 pm
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