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Whiterock Mesa - AZT #25, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance One Way 22.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,276 feet
Elevation Gain 2,978 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,159 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 36.56
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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Upper Mazatzal Loop
5  2018-03-27
AZT #25 - Rock Creek
12  2018-03-14
Saddle Ridge Trail #14
18  2017-12-26 Sredfield
41  2017-09-09 Mudhole
21  2017-03-08
Doll Baby Ranch & White Rock Mesa
6  2017-02-25 pjhikes
15  2016-10-29 sandyfortner
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Preferred   Nov, Mar
Sun  7:21am - 5:17pm
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14 Linked
Nearby Area Water
Saddle Ridge Trail #14
Saddle Ridge Trail #14
0.4 mi away
11.7 mi
2,821 ft
Brush Trail #249
Brush Trail #249
2.6 mi away
4.5 mi
1,661 ft
Mazatzal Divide TH to Wet Bottom Creek
2.8 mi away
18.7 mi
3,959 ft
Mazatzal Divide to The Park
2.8 mi away
18.0 mi
4,165 ft
Mazatzal Divide Trail to Knob Mountain
Mazatzal Divide Trail to Knob Mountain
2.8 mi away
13.0 mi
2,902 ft
Pole Hollow Canyon
Pole Hollow Canyon
2.9 mi away
3.1 mi
572 ft
Red Hills - AZT #24
Red Hills - AZT #24
3.4 mi away
10.9 mi
1,307 ft
Red Hills Trail #262 - Mazatzal
3.4 mi away
16.6 mi
5,272 ft
Bull Spring Trail #34
Bull Spring Trail #34
4.8 mi away
7.0 mi
1,304 ft
North Peak Trail #24
North Peak Trail #24
5.2 mi away
7.0 mi
3,400 ft
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Starting on the north side of the East Verde River the trail follows the Rock Creek drainage up to Polk Spring and then climbs up on Polles Mesa. It reaches Red Saddle Tank and a gate, another gate, turns to the east and comes to Whiterock Spring. There is a steep climb back to the west and then the trail begins working its way across Whiterock Mesa. After crossing a drainage the trail climbs again along Saddle Ridge. There is another gate and the trail continues mostly north to the wilderness boundary and another gate. The trail passes through Saddle Ridge Pasture, another gate, and then reaches FR 194.
The route follows FR 194 for ~1.2 miles before turning right (southeast) onto a two-track running under a powerline. The route follows this rocky road in a southeast direction, then turns to the right onto FR 251 and veers away from the powerlines and then back towards them. The route turns to the south and descends to a barricaded gate, turns east past East Tank and through another barricaded gate. The trail descends past Ridge Tank and around to Oak Spring and a trail junction with Walnut Trail (#251). From here the trail climbs out of Oak Spring Canyon, runs more-or-less level for nearly a mile before descending past Bradshaw Tank to Pine Creek. A short ways downstream the trail heads east again and loops around to Highway 87. After crossing the highway it passes a resupply box near a fence corner and then quickly hits a junction (stay left through a heavy steel gate) and loop back to the Pine trailhead.

Southern Trailhead
The East Verde River - LF Ranch
East Verde River (LF Ranch), via Doll Baby Trailhead: From the town of Payson at the intersection of AZ 87 and Main Street; take Main Street west for 2 miles, which turns into Country Club Drive. Near the end of Country Club Drive, the road passes a sanitation plant, crosses a creek and continues on paved road for another 6 miles. This newly paved road is referred to as Doll Baby Ranch Rd. or LF Ranch Rd. depending on which map is being used. At this point it becomes a dirt doubletrack (FR 406). Continue on FR 406 for approximately 3 miles, passing City Creek Trailhead and Doll Baby Ranch, eventually arriving at the locked gate. This is the Doll Baby Trailhead; parking and camping are allowed. From the trailhead, walk around the gate and hike on the doubletrack for 3.9 miles. The road will wind around the hills and eventually level out in the valley near the ranch. The AZT will intersect the road from the west as a faint singletrack.

Northern Trailhead
Pine Trailhead
Drive south of Pine on AZ 87 for 0.6 miles and turn left (east) to reach a large parking area and the trailhead.

Updated 2017-07-24
Note data from old Hardscrabble Mesa - AZT #26 merged to this page

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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