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Red Hill Trail #56, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 7.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,053 feet
Elevation Gain -2,200 feet
Avg Time One Way 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.27
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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8  2021-07-22 friendofThunderg
Author friendofThundergod
author avatar Guides 28
Routes 314
Photos 9,094
Trips 866 map ( 9,231 miles )
Age 39 Male Gender
Location AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Jul, Aug → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  6:06am - 6:11pm
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A Stairway to the Blue
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Warning
The Bear Wallow Fire impacted large portions of the Primitive Blue Range in 2011. Hazardous conditions remain. Trail conditions can change quickly due to winter blowdowns, deadfall, and erosion. Summer monsoons can bring torrential rain and high-intensity storms. Plan accordingly and remain vigilant.


Overview
Red Hill Trail #56 offers superb views of the heart of the Blue Range as it descends 2,000 feet on the way to its terminus at the Tutt Creek Trail. Blue landmarks such as Bear Mountain, Bell Rock, Castle Rock, the Devil's Washboard area, along with all of the major mesas and deep canyons of the Blue, can be seen from this lesser traveled trail. There is no reliable water along the Red Hill Trail, and there are no facilities apart from an informational kiosk and register at the trailhead.

Hike
From the trailhead parking lot, start on a well-maintained trail that begins in a healthy, seemingly manicured forest before hitting a short stretch of forest in recovery from prior logging and fire. At a half-mile and after a short climb, the first extensive views of the Blue emerge, and the descent begins. The Red Hill Trail descends a series of ridges and flat mesas that resemble a series of stairs and steps. At approximately three miles, the trail gains slightly as it passes over its namesake, Red Hill. From Red Hill, the trail continues its long descent to Bush Creek. Once the trail reaches Bush Creek, it continues downstream to its intersection and ending with the Tutt Creek Trail.



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2021-07-28 friendofThundergod

    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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    Directions
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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Alpine, head south on U.S. 191. Turn left on FR 567 and head east for one mile, turn right at the sign for Red Hill Trail #56.
    page created by friendofThundergod on Jul 28 2021 5:21 pm
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