Deer Flat #1009, AZ

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Distance One Way 2.88 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,621 feet
Elevation Gain 902 feet
Accumulated Gain 961 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5
Kokopelli Seeds 6.08
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Maverick Butte - Deer Flat Loop
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Deer Flat - Maverick Butte
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
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🔥 2020 Sears Fire14.5k
🔥 2005 Cave Creek Complex169.4 mi*
🔥 1979 Verde Fire22.9k
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Stumbling Up the Hill
by MEWhiteman

Deer Flat #1009 is a rough TRAL ORV route that takes you to views of the Verde Valley. At the 2-mile mark, it begins to enter the burn area from the Sept/Oct 2020 14,500 Sears fire. It follows a rocky FR1099 from Seven Springs Road to the viewpoints and is easy to follow.Hike
From the small parking area, go through the gate. The trail follows FR1099 and is easy to follow. There are a couple of other forest roads crossing your route in the first 1/4 mile, just be sure to stay on 1099. At about 0.5 to 0.75 miles you begin a long, slow climb up the hill. This is very rocky, so watch your footing. To the north, you get a good view of Humboldt Mountain with the big white ball on top. The trail levels out at about 2.2 miles, where you pass a pet cemetery on the left and shortly come to the great view to the east which is the primary objective of the hike. This is a great place for a snack. From here the trail begins to descend as it fishhook back toward the southwest. It continues for about another 3/4 mile where the turnaround point is. Return to your vehicle the way you came.

This route provides relatively easy access to Maverick Butte and Willow Spring Mountain. Views along the route include the New River Mountains, Mazatzal Mountains, Superstitions, and the McDowell Mountains.

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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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2022-01-19 MEWhiteman

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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 / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Loop 101 in North Scottsdale, take the Pima Road/Princess Drive exit and drive 13 miles north on Pima Road to Cave Creek Road. Turn right (east) and continue on Cave Creek Road which becomes Seven Springs Road (FR24) to FR1099 which is about .2 miles beyond MCDOT mile marker 9. FR1099 is on the right with a small sign also on the right. There is a dirt turnaround area a few yards in where you can park.
    page created by The_Eagle on Jan 19 2022 11:38 am
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