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Ballantine Cabin Boulders Loop, AZ

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Camino Campana Trail
Camino Campana Trail
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,754 feet
Elevation Gain 1,209 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,138 feet
Avg Time One Way 3.5-6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 16.12
Interest Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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Ballantine Boulder Loops
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Trips 1,941 map ( 13,778 miles )
Age 66 Male Gender
Location Far NE Phoenix, Az
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Trips 5,291 map (26,842 Miles)
Age 52 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Feb, Nov, Mar, Jan → 7 AM
Sun  6:21am - 6:09pm
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Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2020 Bush Fire193.5k
🔥 2005 Edge Complex Fire72.3k
🔥 1996 Lone Fire65.1k
🔥 1975 Bob Fire12.9k
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unique boulders galore
by The_Eagle & joebartels

This is a use-trail originating from Ballantine Cabin. Sedan access is via Ballantine Cabin & Corral or access 4WD via Pipeline Trail. The loop was more than likely created by motorcyclists. It does not appear to be used too frequently. 80-90% of this loop is extremely easy to follow.

With a GPS track, there will be no problems. Long pants are recommended. Currently, the majority of the claws on the catclaw have been stripped away from previous travelers. That said, even the minor instances will torture unprotected skin and seasons change. There are slight variations to complete the loop. If there is an ounce of an explorer in you, this bad boy has a few bells and whistles along the way.

GREAT geology and vast views of the area including Boulder Mountain, Pine Mountain, Red Mountain, Mazzy's, McDowell Mountains, and the New River Mountains.

Despite remarkable trail-like stretches, this is a route of use. We had no issues or falls along the route on our inaugural foray. There are steep grades that were more forgiving thanks to recent moisture. Despite recent cycle traffic, some of the cross-path locking-catclaw would have demanded blood without careful foot placement, pants, and favoring one side or twisting along the way.

Seasonal creeks: Upper Pine Creek & Tributaries

The unique rock formations are the focal point. The 2005 Edge Complex & 2020 Bush fires have wiped out all but a tree or two.

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2022-02-27 The_Eagle & joebartels

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To Ballantine Trailhead
    From Scottsdale follow Shea Blvd East to its terminus at SR87. Turn Left (North) onto SR87. Follow SR87(this is the Beeline) about 9.5 miles past the Four Peaks turnoff. The Ballantine turnoff is easy to find just past Mile Post 210. The trailhead is easy to spot from the parking loop.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 48.1 mi - about 55 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 146 mi - about 2 hours 15 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 153 mi - about 2 hours 46 mins
    page created by The_Eagle on Feb 27 2022 12:01 pm

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