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Salt Flat Connector Trail, AZ

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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Moo, Meow, Forget it
by nonot

This is a trail that shortcuts from the Salt Flat Trail #71 over to the Nelson Trail #159. It leaves the Salt Flat Trail before the steep descent to the trailhead and proceeds generally south to intersect the Nelson Trail about halfway to old Nelson Place.

The trail is overgrown, with lots of catclaw. Trees only allow passage for those under 3 feet tall. The upper section is confusing due to many cow trails that are better quality than the actual trail.

If you wish to ruin a good day hiking, try taking this trail which is a steep alternative to descending the mesa down the Salt Flat Trail.

At the northern end of this trail is a large hiker/horse pass through the barbed wire fence on the Salt Flat Trail, where the gate is located just south of the trail about 0.4 miles from the start of the Salt Flat Trail. The southern end of this trail is now a camping area with a signpost, but no sign, roughly halfway between the trailhead and old Nelson place, on the north side of the creek.

In between the trail is not much more than loose rocks with evidence of past usage, but nothing besides cows for perhaps the last 10 years. Overgrowth is so bad that it is often better to hike 15 feet to one side of the trail or the other. Splinter cow paths make it confusing which is the actual trail. Catclaw presents a problem on many occasions. The trail is fairly steep, rocky, and there is little shade.

This trail has been removed from recent maps and may be officially decommissioned by the forest service, but I wasn't able to definitely find info on this.

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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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2022-04-17 nonot

    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.

    Permit $$

    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

    Connector trail - Not Applicable

    To hike
    Connector trail between Salt Flat and Nelson Trail.
    page created by nonot on Apr 17 2022 3:16 pm

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