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Holdout Creek Trail #69, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 6.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,969 feet
Elevation Gain -1,066 feet
Accumulated Gain 719 feet
Avg Time One Way 3-4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.65
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes
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Inaugural Calculation on Button Tap!
37  2022-02-19
Holdout-Blackrock Loop
johnny88
17  2020-03-28
Holdout Black Rock Loop
BiFrost
15  2019-03-24
Holdout Black Rock Loop
chumley
38  2019-03-23 GrottoGirl
9  2019-03-09 RedwallNHops
10  2019-03-09 Pivo
27  2018-10-07
Holdout Black Rock Loop
chumley
15  2015-12-11 rvcarter
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Author nonot
author avatar Guides 100
Routes 249
Photos 2,067
Trips 508 map ( 4,839 miles )
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Feb, Nov, Mar, Oct → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:31am - 7:24pm
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🔥 2021 Pinnacle77.7 mi*


unique character
by nonot

Warning
This area was significantly impacted by the Pinnacle Wildfire in the summer of 2021. Even before the fire, the trail was significantly overgrown and in short stretches had already begun to disappear. Poor trail conditions should be anticipated.


Overview
A gentle descent to Black Rock Creek via the Holdout Creek Basin, taking you into the heart of the Santa Teresa Wilderness.

Hike
From Reef Tank, the trail proceeds eastwards beginning a gentle descent into the upper basin of Holdout Creek. The upper basin is spotted with Junipers and shrubbery, and is characterized by fine gravel on top of rocky slabs.

The best aspect of this trail really hits you after about 1.5 miles, where you can begin to admire the wonder of the granite landscape surrounding you. The granite basin is walled in by the mountainous ridges that are miles away in the distance. Within the basin, several large granite boulders and outcrops give the landscape an interesting appearance.

It would be an overstatement to compare this to Yosemite, but the geologic character is fairly unique to the state, based on my experience exploring Arizona thus far.

Unfortunately, you will never get near enough to the creek itself to really enjoy it. The trail stays on the north/west side of the drainage a fair bit away from the creek for the whole length of the trail. Though as you near the end of the trail you are just close enough that you can see it off to the side. While outside of this guide, there are several interesting off-trail opportunities you could take to explore the creek itself.

The trail continues a fairly easy and steady descent most of the way. At the end of the trail, you descend a somewhat steep ridge on the west side of the creek and reach the gravelly/sandy end at Black Rock creek. This trail thus provides loop or continuation options that use the Black Rock Canyon Trail #292.

Water Sources
During the wet season, at the end of your hike, you will reach the Black Rock creek which would be flowing. Holdout creek itself is just a little bit down canyon. Prior to the end of the trail, you'd have to go off-trail perhaps a quarter-mile to access holdout creek (before it begins the last mile of its path to reach Black Rock creek).

During the dry season, I'd expect the creeks to dry up completely, though I have never attempted to explore this area during summer.

Camping
Yes, though I recommend finding an existing campsite, which tend to be clustered in the mile or so closest to Black Rock creek.

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2022-04-29 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 $$
    None

    Coronado Forest
    MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)


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    To hike
    This is a connector trail, likely accessed via Reef Tank Trail or via Black Rock Canyon Trail.
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