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Maverick Cyn Spur Maples - Mogollon Rim, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance Lasso-Loop 1.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,591 feet
Elevation Gain -210 feet
Accumulated Gain 200 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.9
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24  2021-08-20 Grasshopper
Author Grasshopper
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Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov → 9 AM
Seasons   Early Summer to Late Autumn
Sun  6:14am - 6:19pm
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.. Prime Autumn "Big Tooth Maple" Bliss ..
by Grasshopper

Likely In-Season!
HAZ Patch
"Park / TH Start" is on the uppermost end of FR9731W at the intersection of FR139.
FR9731W is not legal for any motorized vehicles.

This short, easy to navigate, off-trail Lasso Loop Hike within the Historic Cabin Loop Trails area of our Mogollon Rim should provide a most pleasant individual or family day hike into the very heart of multiple stands of Big Tooth Maples.. True Mogollon Rim "Autumn Bliss" during Prime Season.

Thanks to @kingsnake for first publishing Maverick Canyon - Merritt Draw Loop into this scenic and not topo map labeled Maverick Spur Canyon area. Finally, my first 8/20/21 (out-of-season) visit to view-confirm this awesome Big Tooth Maple area and now to issue this new HAZ Hike Guide so all Autumn Season lovers can enjoy.

From the recommended Park/TH Start (at coordinates 34.452526 -111.197224) and following my "Official Route", this short, totally off-trail, lasso loop hike immediately heads down into the uppermost end of an easy to navigate spur canyon (draw) drainage off Maverick Canyon and follows this widening drainage-draw down in elevation to intersect a decision waypoint at ~0.4 miles (protip: most all the large stands of Big Tooth Maples are within this first 0.4-mile).

At ~0.4 miles in 34.457075 -111.196714, there are three options to continue this hike:
1) Turn around and head back to the Park/TH Start.

2) Turn NORTH and continue further down this now more widening, but still scenic Spur Canyon Drainage following the Official Route to the turn-around point. You could explore NORTH another 900ft to Maverick Canyon Draw proper at 34.464063 -111.18934.

3) Turn SE and follow the Official Route to intersect FR9731W back to Park/TH Start to complete this lasso loop hike.

Water Sources
If hiking to/within Maverick Canyon, perennial water sources should be present.

Multiple, remote with solitude Backpack Campsite options, available but possible perennial water sources only within Maverick Canyon.

I have yet to witness "Prime Autumn - Big Tooth Maple Season" for this section, but... of the local Cabin Loop area "Prime Big Tooth Maple Autumn" sections available, I speculate this to be in my top three!

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2021-08-28 Grasshopper
    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 $$

    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From the Phoenix area-
    Drive Hwy 87 north through Payson, Pine, and Strawberry.. approx 10.5 miles north of Strawberry on Hwy 87 at MP281.1, turn right onto signed FR300 (the Rim Road). Drive dirt, sometimes slow, rocky, rough FR300 for approx 16 miles to the signed intersection of FR300/FR139. Turn Left onto FR139 and drive approx 3.2 miles to the easy-to-miss but signed FR139/FR9731W. Turn Right onto FR9731W and drive only a few yards in to park at posted "official" Gps Route Park/TH Start (at coordinates 34.452526 -111.197224).
    page created by Grasshopper on Aug 28 2021 6:26 pm
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