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Twisted Sister Super Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,434 feet
Elevation Gain 459 feet
Accumulated Gain 814 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.07
Interest Off Trail Hiking
Backpack No
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Maricopa trail - Bulldog to Granite Reef
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9  2009-10-28 TheNaviG8R
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:59am - 5:23pm
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Twisted Sister - Hawes
0.0 mi away
1.9 mi
438 ft
Horse Tale Trail
Horse Tale Trail
0.2 mi away
2.0 mi
225 ft
High Horse Trail
High Horse Trail
0.6 mi away
2.1 mi
293 ft
Salt River Trail #100
Salt River Trail #100
1.0 mi away
3.0 mi
110 ft
Lower Salt River Interpretive Trail #6
Lower Salt River Interpretive Trail #6
1.3 mi away
2.3 mi
100 ft
Granite Trail #54 - Hawes
1.4 mi away
0.7 mi
184 ft
Ridge Trail #59 - Hawes
1.8 mi away
1.9 mi
434 ft
Hawes Trail #52 - Hawes
Hawes Trail #52 - Hawes
1.9 mi away
3.8 mi
946 ft
Coon Bluff Loop
1.9 mi away
4.0 mi
200 ft
Hawes Trail System
Hawes Trail System
1.9 mi away
13.0 mi
400 ft
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Ode to Dee Snider
by TheNaviG8R

Note: This trail is actually known as "Lead Trail" on the Beartooth publishing map.

You can start this hike/bike ride any direction you'd like. I personally like to start out at the N/W portion of the trail on Power/Bush rd. You can pull off the side of the road and park in the small designated area. You will want to start hiking along Bush HWY towards the East. At 1.0 mile you'll be passing the turn-off towards Phon D. Sutton on your left, but we'll just keep on trekin' to the East. At 2.7 miles into the hike you'll see Coons Bluff turn-off to the left but once again our destination is further up the road. Just another .7 miles is the 4-way stop at Bush HWY/Usery Pass Rd you will want to hang a right at the 4- way stop and take a drink of that water you brought, you did bring plenty of water right?


Now you will begin a gradual 2.0 mile hike/ride that is all uphill. If you're hiking this isn't bad, but if you're riding a Mt.bike it can be a good workout if you choose so. Now that we've hiked/biked the 2 miles you'll see an opening in the fence on the right, you'll want to proceed through it to make your way into the desert portion of this hike/ride.

After hiking 0.2 miles you'll come to a large open-pit like area that is riddled with old ammo casings. Don't worry, you should be safe as"No Shooting" is allowed in these parts any longer, remember the sign at the fence opening. At this open area you want to look for the trail that is directly in front of you across on the other side 380 ft away. It's fairly easy to spot, if not just walk across and you see it for sure.

Now that you're in the desert be aware for our Arizona friends that live out here such as scorpions, snakes and other possible critters that could cause you harm. You'll have plenty of photo ops of the scenery around for the last 3.7 miles that lead you back to where you started. I hope you enjoy this one.

TheNaviG8R
    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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    Parking is located between Granite Reef and Phon D Sutton on the South side of the road. From Mesa - Power RD/Brown: Take Power Rd North 6.9 miles towards the Salt River and Parking is 1.6 miles past Granite Reef on the right (South side of the road).

    From Mesa - Ellsworth/Brown: Take Ellsworth/Usery Pass Rd North 7.8 miles to the four way stop sign. Turn Left and proceed 3.3 miles or 1 mile past Phon D Sutton turn-off- parking is on the left (South side of the road).
    page created by TheNaviG8R on Oct 28 2009 1:42 pm
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