username
X
password
register help

Fraser - Randolph Loop, AZ

details
drive
no permit
forecast
route
stats
photos
triplogs
topics
location
292 21 0
Guide 21 Triplogs  0 Topics
Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Globe > Queen V NE
Rated
3.6
3.6 of 5 by 13
 
7
Statistics
clicktap icons for details
Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Loop 9.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,500 feet
Elevation Gain 1,175 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 15.18
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
feature photo
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
Will recalculate on button tap!
20  2019-05-17 kingsnake
35  2019-04-12
JF-Randolph-RedTanks&Bacon
Xiled1
20  2019-01-05 rayhuston
19  2017-02-02 hikingaz2
18  2014-04-05 trekkin_gecko
40  2014-04-05 AZLumberjack
66  2014-04-05 tibber
34  2014-01-03
Randolph Canyon
friendofThunderg
Page 1,  2
Author Fritzski
author avatar Guides 43
Routes 0
Photos 597
Trips 59 map ( 132 miles )
Age 66 Male Gender
Location Gilbert, AZ
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Radar
Expand Map
Preferred   Nov, Mar, Feb, Apr → 8 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:12am - 6:23pm
Official Route
 
1 Alternative
 
Water
Fauna Nearby
Flora Nearby
Geology Nearby
Named place Nearby
Culture Nearby
Peaceful and Secluded
by Fritzski

This nice loop hike is originally described in J.Carlson and E.Stewart's book "Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Mountains" as Trip #50 "Randolph Canyon". It starts at the Woodbury trailhead and proceeds west on the Coffee Flat trail through Fraser Canyon to Dripping Spring. From there it heads north on the Red tanks trail for a short distance where it soon departs the trail and turns east through the bed of Randolph Canyon. Finally intersecting the JF trail, you take it south back to the trailhead.


History: The JF Ranch and the JF Trail are named after rancher Jack Fraser who established a cattle ranch in this area in the 1890s and it is still in operation today. Carlson surmises there may be connection between Whetrock Canyon and a certain James Whetlach who also mined and ranched in the same area. Although I can't ascertain the origin of the Randolph Canyon name at this time, there was also a Randolph Mining District in the area. The Woodburys, after which the trailhead and the nearby windmill are named, evidently filed mining claims in that immediate area and some evidence of their old workings are discussed below.

Hike: This is a very pleasant hike through what I would call the middle Superstition area. Elevations are generally about a thousand feet higher than the western Superstitions, which make it a little more attractive as the temperatures begin to climb. The entire hike is on the grazing allotment of the still active JF Ranch, so cattle are very abundant throughout.

For a more detailed description of the first segment from the trailhead to Dripping Spring, I suggest cross-referencing the "Dripping Spring from Woodbury" hike. Briefly, from the parking area you start by back tracking on the dirt road to the locked gate at the top of the hill. Climb over the convenient built in ladder and continue down the road to the JF Ranch. From there you can pick up the westbound Coffee Flat trail by skirting around the north side of the corrals. The ranch is situated in a very scenic riparian area.

Crisscrossing the canyon floor, there are numerous well-defined use trails to choose from, but for the most part they are rendered useless due to the fact that from about chest height and above they are completely overgrown. After all is said and done, it will behoove you to just remain in the relatively clear wash as much as possible.

As you proceed downstream through the canyon you will pass the mouths of two intersecting canyons - the Whetrock and Musk Hog Canyons. Both are easy to miss from the bottom of the canyon due to the thick vegetation on the banks. The creek bed itself varies mostly between smooth rock and sandy gravel.

At about the 4 mile point you will come to a beautiful small basin formed by the confluence of the Fraser and Randolph Canyons. This is the home of Dripping Spring and is characterized by numerous smooth rock pools and sheer walls. The spring itself is located at the west end of the basin at the base of the cliffs on the south bank. Look for the dark spot somewhat concealed behind bushes. The name "Dripping" is appropriate since it is actually a "seep", but despite the drought conditions at the time, it was flowing nicely enough to fill a water bottle in a matter of minutes.

Straight north on the wall across from the spring is an interesting cave. A short climb up the base will bring you to the low and wide opening of what is more of a true cave than a shallow alcove which is more commonly found in the Superstitions. A tight crawl through the opening will bring you into a small cavern extending back about forty feet.

After taking a break and enjoying the area, the return leg will begin by taking the Red Tanks trail north up Randolph Canyon. As you start out, you will encounter a sequence of nice smooth rock pools of which at least two were the home of some large minnows. This is something I've seen only one other place in the Superstitions. Continuing up the canyon about a half mile you will come to the Red Tanks trail intersection. I did not notice any sign or even the trail, but the departing canyon is unmistakable and undoubtedly a short search would easily reveal its location.

At about the 6.5 mile point you will encounter Randolph Spring. There is a large concrete dam and the water was flowing nicely. As you continue, it becomes a rock-hop through the creek bed where you may encounter some unusual sights such as a dead kit fox, leather made the natural way, and evidence of people with too much time on their hands. When you encounter the barbed wire fence spanning the wash, climb the bank on the right to find a makeshift gate. Continuing on you will finally come to the JF Trail intersection, which is easily spotted. A short southbound climb will take you up to the Woodbury windmill. Continue south through the area and onto the dirt road leading up to the trailhead. As you're climbing the hill you may notice some mine tailings coming out of the top of the small hill to your left. I didn't have time to investigate, but Jack Carlson informs me that there is an open pit and several shafts left behind by the Woodbury diggings.

Enjoy the pretty drive back from the trailhead and I noted that the FR172 has been greatly improved from the year prior and is suitable for any vehicle. Joe insisted I mention this may all change with the next big rain that comes along. Please check out "Road Conditions" on the HAZ-Forum.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

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.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2002-02-26 Fritzski
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Fraser - Randolph Loop
    rating optionrated 4rated 4rated 4rated 4
    Headed out for a nice day in the Supes. Our group of four plus two dogs started hiking from the Woodbury TH around 10am and headed for Randolph Canyon. There was a nice flow of clear and cool water. From there we worked our way down canyon as we rock hopped and pushed through sporadic brush. It's easy going for the most part and very scenic. We took a short break by Randolph Spring and then took our lunch by Dripping Springs. We then started our return up Fraser Canyon. It's easy going again as there is less water and good trail for most part. We passed the JF Ranch and then followed the road back to our TH. We were done by mid afternoon. This was a really nice hike with a great group. We had perfect weather and it was great getting out. Thanks Kyle for driving.
    Fraser - Randolph Loop
    rating optionrated 4rated 4rated 4rated 4
    This turned out to be a really nice day. I thought it was going to get toasty but the clouds stayed above us. The dogs were loving all the water. The water made this a great loop-- I don't think I would do this loop again without it. We did the loop counter-clockwise and had lunch at Dripping Springs where we saw the only other group all day. We short-cut it through the JF Ranch road on the return.
    Fraser - Randolph Loop
    rating optionrating optionrated 3rated 3rated 3
    Wanted something we hadn't done before and we needed to get out to Eastern Supes. Decided on Fraser - Randolph doing it CCW. Invited Steve for his 1st hike with us, showed up in shorts, :scared: To late now, headed over and down Randolph. Boy was it cat claw heaven, with so much water running we had to cross so many times it made the trip seem a lot longer, and more cats claw to fight. :o Needless to say Steve got initiated to AZ Pin stripping :( Got down to the Dripping Springs area and it was so nice, sat by the waterfalls and had a relaxing lunch before heading up Fraser. This went well and easy compared to Randolph and it's cats claw. Can't wait to return to this area :D
    Fraser - Randolph Loop
    rated 5rated 5rated 5rated 5rated 5
    JACK'S LEAVING :cry: HIKE

    We wanted to get a hike in before the heat and before Jack left. We had a Plan B but it wasn't necessary as the weather cooperated very nicely thank you.
    Tonto Jr. would get another test of its ability taking the 172 to Woodbury TH. Seemed to do fine and my confidence in the vehicle is building. We arrived ahead of schedule as the drive in was about 10-15 minutes less than the various maps said. The road is in decent enough shape; especially once you turn off from 172 to Woodbury. We did see a roadrunner that had to fly to get out of the way.


    We started our hike heading to the JF Trail. I remembered the entry into Randolph from the Cat Claw Revenge event back in March 2009. The hike toward the canyon entry is beautiful too. Kelly spotted a couple javelina but all I saw was their rumps. As we got closer to the canyon we spotted quite a bit of water in the drainage :) . THIS was quite a surprise as we expected to see very little if any water.

    As we entered the canyon the fun began with the beautiful Randolph rocks :D . We traversed thru the fairly flat canyon enjoying every turn not knowing what was ahead. Jack spotted some "bling" rocks that were coming from a drainage. We went up the drainage a bit to see and found lots more "mica-laden" rocks.

    We eventually came to the fence Lee had mentioned in his hike description. I took the long way to the south rather than go under (actually it was just up the embankment and down). We came to some white smooth rock area and a larger pool where we stopped for a break which was about 1/2 way down the Canyon. On the other side of the pool some frogs were spotted so we enjoyed them for a bit. It was cool to hear them un-plop out of the mud.

    We continued down the canyon trying to take it all in.
    I did end up twisting my ankle. I have never done that in my limited years of hiking. I was able to walk it off; though it was a bit sore and was sore for a couple days :-({|= . It shakes your confidence a little. However, the scenery made me soon forget the incidental pain. This is one time when looking down is not such a bad thing because the rocks are so pretty and different. I have to say I was quite pleased with Randolph Canyon as it lived up to what I thot it would be and more.

    We were delighted to get to the red rock section and explored around here a bit. It really is something and there was lots of water :DANCE: including running water with several pools. And before you knew it we were just to this side of Dripping Springs where we finally got to have lunch. It took us a bit longer than I anticipated to reach this 6 1/2 mile point (about 4 1/2 hours with one snack break). It wasn't like we were in a hurry but I always try to guestimate timing.

    Now for Part II of our loop: Fraser Canyon. I was pleasantly surprised at what Fraser Canyon threw out at us. It was actually shaded in parts as we came in and out of the creek/drainage. There was lots of varying size flora including some huge prickly pear and some funky saguaros. There was quite a variance in the rock too and you had great views on both sides :y: .... AND, there was actually a trail from time to time. I would start getting tired but then the canyon would re-charge me with the scenery as I filmed my way up.

    We started this section at 2 and were done by 4:20ish. However, it was only 4 1/3 miles with the steepest part being that stupid road ](*,) we opted to hike instead of the trail after JF Ranch. As we got in the ranch area the cairn contents were like works of art; just beautiful as we admired almost everyone that we passed. We did do some rock collecting on this trip. Kelly found this beauty that was bigger than her hand that she lugged up the hill (didn't even slow her down :lol: ) as Jack and I would stop now and then to enjoy the view ;) .

    I took a lot of video and was disappointed in how the colorful creek/drainage bed looked more white than color. I guess when I do this type of hiking I need to point my camera more down than up and perhaps that will pick up the color bed. Truly, these canyons have colorful rocks to constantly admire.

    Thanks Kelly and Jack for indulging me with this loop. It met expectations plus some. And of course being with you two is always so comfortable for me and always a pleasurable experience despite my getting beat up by the various flora along the way :oplz: .

    On a side note: (I have to say I'm quite annoyed with Scout II constantly adding mileage. This trip it showed 11.44 miles but Mapsource/HAZ shows 10.83 after I load the route from Scout II: both Kelly and Jack's GPS's were showing closer to what Mapsource/HAZ did. How can I count on Scout II if I need to make a turn or find a location? I know a lot of you have a 450 and don't complain about the mileage difference so I must have a setting screwed up :oops: :x . Guess I'll keep trying.)

    Video of Randolph Canyon:

    Video 1 was hung up in youtube's stabilizer for 6 days (seems to be taking longer than normal unless this is the new normal as I was pretty shaky hiking down a creek bed). From Woodbury TH to and on JF Trail into Canyonhttp://youtu.be/4um0gj-lY24
    Video 2 in the canyon to a little past the stock fence - http://youtu.be/SuC9md5AwCg
    Video 3 includes the frogshttp://youtu.be/kOTVhjoT04I
    Video 4 http://youtu.be/sCiEmG6SriY
    Video 5 deeper into the canyon http://youtu.be/0mGK65rdR3M
    Video 6 the red rock and water area http://youtu.be/70f5T9HlJks

    FRASER CANYON videos, these turned out pretty nice I think as the sun was behind us and so the color was much better:
    Fraser 1 - http://youtu.be/VNA7I1RT50Q
    Fraser 2 - including the Fraser canyon gate http://youtu.be/0ZDHm2I3vJc
    Fraser 3 - including JF Ranch http://youtu.be/NLBq8qJFqxE

    Wildflowers
    did see some cluster of poppies and desert phlox with occasional hedgehogs blooming.
    Fraser - Randolph Loop
    rated 5rated 5rated 5rated 5rated 5
    t**********Treckkin with the Gecko & Trippin with the Tibber**********

    We had several varied reports on this hike especially the Randolph Canyon part where the concerns were about the Catsclaw and the lack of a trail meaning that you were destined to hike the creek bed for the whole distance. Because of this we decided to wear long pants with zip-off legs but opted to keep the legs on for the occasional "work around" at some of the pools.

    It was a comfortably cool start to the day and we arrived at the Woodbury TH around 0830 after Angela got "flipped off" once on a blind turn on our way in. Once there, it didn't take too long to get our shoes changed, GPS's reset, packs hitched up and on the trail. We decided to hit Randolph Canyon first as this would be best on "fresh" legs and it's downhill until we meed up with Fraser Canyon on Coffee Flat Trail. This worked out well since it's easier to jump/climb down the occasional boulder than to climb up their slippery surface, also there was water in some pools and some water flowing but not enough to force us to challenge the waiting Catsclaw along the edges.

    Kelly, leading, soon spotted two Javelina darting for cover in the thick brush, I was only able to see the rumps as they disappeared and a short distance later we spotted a small Coyote who quickly left the scene. I'm sure we would have seen a lot more wildlife if we weren't making so much noise because each pool we came across had lots of prints fresh in the mud surrounding them.

    Rock hopping in the creek bed was not challenging at all because there was a lot of sand/gravel mixed with mud that "cemented" the rocks in place and prevented them from rolling when you stepped on them, unlike a hike down boulder creek :o Then there was the numerous long expanses of smooth, colorful slickrock with etched in patterns from the centuries of erosion that made the creek bed hiking an unexpected treat :D

    The scenery all along Randolph Canyon is beautiful and pristine and with the good walking conditions, you can observe the mountains while you're walking & gawking :) We rarely came across signs of previous hikers but there are numerous signs of livestock that have entered the Wilderness Area. Except for small isolated, patches the only flowers blooming was the bright red of the Occotillo, but Spring is in the air so the Cottonwood and Sycamore are leafing out anywhere there's water available.

    Before long we were entering the area of Red Tanks Canyon and Kelly was in second heaven, with the colorful rocks, the flowing water, the superb scenery and even a small waterfall to top things off while Angela kept the video "rolling" :GB: This was such a special area that it was hard to keep on going and leave it behind but that only means that it has to be visited again and again. We took our lunch break where the Randolph and Fraser Canyons meet in the area of Dripping Springs, but once again we had to chase some cows out of the area before we could sit down in the shade and have lunch.

    Following our pleasant break we now were faced with the uphill stretch of Fraser Canyon where it's a mix of hiking the creek bed and using trails to bypass some of the brushy stretches. Fraser Canyon is by no means boring, but after the sensory overload we had just experienced, it was a bit more of a mundane hike. Lots of giant Saguaro taking on unusual twists and contortions are fairly common along this portion of the canyon and before long we have reached the JF ranch site. Upon exiting the ranch, we should have listened to Kelly and followed the trail but the road looked so tempting that we stayed on it following it up an endless, steep slope back to the trailhead and a patiently waiting Tonto Jr :DANCE:

    As we changed out of our hiking gear, Angela provided us with cool refreshing beverages and salty snacks as we compared notes from our respective GPS's..... none of them the same :? Gotta thank Angela and Kelly for being such great and fun hiking partners, this may be our last outing for this season as I'm going to be leaving for Minnesota in a few weeks :( but we can always look forward to next fall and the opportunity to continue from where we left off :)

    Just a footnote to this hike. Don't believe everything you've heard about Randolph Canyon, if the creek's not too high and you can hike the creek bed, this canyon offers some outstanding views of a piece of the Superstitions that not many hikers take advantage of and I wouldn't pass on the opportunity to repeat it :y:

    Wildflowers
    Occotillo are in full bloom, several patches of white daisy's and small patches of Poppies still blooming.
    Fraser - Randolph Loop
    rating optionrating optionrated 3rated 3rated 3
    angela and i wanted to get in a good hike with jack before he heads back to minnesooooota
    pretty sure angela gets credit for having this one on her wish list
    i like canyons and loops, and hadn't hiked anything from woodbury so we thought it would be a good choice
    lucked out with cool temps
    met along 60, then angela drove tonto jr. out to woodbury
    did well on the road, and now i know my truck could make it (especially with new tires :lol: )
    so much to see out this way, too
    got going around 8:45, heading up jf trail, then heading down randolph canyon
    thought we would do the boulder hopping while fresh
    right off, jack and i saw two good-sized javelina, and a little later on, a coyote
    too quick for pics
    there is a wide range of opinions on randolph canyon in the triplogs
    we found very little overgrowth, easy route finding, solid footing on the boulders and good scenery throughout
    were able to crawl under the fence, and any clogs had a work-around
    much more water than any of us expected
    one pool had several cute little frogs
    near the confluence with fraser canyon, the red bedrock and canyon walls are beautiful
    had lunch in a shady spot
    i had not hiked this section of coffee flat, and like the part between reed's water and dripping springs, you have a trail at times, and stay in the creek bed the rest
    again, little overgrowth, and work-arounds when needed
    the trail was easy enough to follow even without some work-of-art cairns, and there was good scenery in this canyon, too
    potential for further exploration along the entire loop
    came to jf ranch, and took the road back to the trailhead instead of the trail, kind of by accident
    enjoyed the day, the weather, and especially the company
    jack, i don't know where the winter went
    angela, always good getting out with you
    looking forward to visiting this area again
    Fraser - Randolph Loop
    rating optionrating optionrated 3rated 3rated 3
    I did an easy seven mile backpack into Dripping Springs to further explore some caves and overhangs in the area, and explore Randolph Canyon past the intersection with Red Tanks.

    I only saw one group of hikers all day on day one, they were camped near Reed's Water. The stretch of trail through Randolph Canyon along Coffee Flats is really a little paradise in the Supes right now with the still trickling water, great views and thriving vegetation. I was intentionally lazy on day one, I only revisited a modest cave-dwelling site that I had come across the week before and then spent the day reading, and enjoying the very warm January day with the dogs. Although, grabbing a fire wood was quite the chore, as there is not much firewood around the campsites near Dripping Springs and I did not want to start hacking off live limbs of trees, as others have resorted to :?

    I started Saturday morning off by exploring a cave in Whetrock Canyon that I had spotted with Wally over a month ago. It proved to be a dud, in fact, every overhang, cave and hill I climbed up to on Saturday proved to be a dud. They were also pretty rough on the dogs, lungs, and legs, yet great on views so it was a little quid pro quo I guess. I ran into Dave and his son Ryan while coming down Whetrock Canyon, they had day hiked in from Peralta that morning. The encounter was strange because that is the second time I had ran into those two in some pretty random off-trail spots in Supes. From Whetrock I explored some hills near the JF Ranch, I then made my way to Woodbury TH, where I photo-bombed a trail cam and then headed north on JF Ranch Trail until its intersection with the upper stretches of Randolph Canyon. From there the dogs and I left trail again and made our way down Randolph Canyon to its intersection with Fraser Canyon near our camp at Dripping Springs. Randolph Canyon was not to bad, typical dry creek bed walking, plenty of water, some great views, and a few minor attractions along the route. Dave brought out some great seasoned frozen pork Saturday night, and I think it may have been the dogs and myself's highlight of the weekend. I cooked over a pound of that pork on our fire and shared with Cup and Blanco, it was quite the pleasant surprise for the pups.

    Had a late night Saturday, slept in a little Sunday. Was not up for additional exploring though, mainly because Cup had a little bit of a limp. Our leisurely hike Saturday turned into a 13 mile loop with some significant off-trail mixed in and she was feeling it. That coupled with the fact that the dogs and I spent 8 of our last 12 days in the Supes and covered just a hair under 85 miles in that time frame may have had something to do with it. Dave went to Whetrock and I headed to the TH. Perlata was bumping as usual, with over flow lots packed, and people everywhere, further reinforcing my happiness that I only ran into two groups of hikers where I went.
    Fraser - Randolph Loop
    rating optionrating optionrated 3rated 3rated 3
    Due to car trouble, had to change plans. The creek along Coffee Flat is flowing in sections. Speaking of which, I'm changing the trail sign to say Coffee Hills next time I'm out there, where's the flat part?

    Set up camp at Dripping Springs and did the Randolph-Fraser Loop. Short hike out Sunday.

    Saw a HAZ sticker on a tan pickup at the Peralta lot.
    Fraser - Randolph Loop
    rating optionrating optionrated 3rated 3rated 3
    This was planned dayhike#2 from our recent 4nt/5day camping trip under Byous Butte. Three of us headed-out from our campsite location off FR172 at 8:30am for the Woodbury TH to do this "Frasier Canyon-Randolph Canyon LOOP HIKE". I have had this one on my HAZ wish list since Jan'08 awaiting my next camping trip in this area.

    The hike description for this one suggests beginning the hike by backtracking down the Woodbury TH access road to hike on the JF Ranch Road before accessing the Coffee Flat TR#108. I suggest a better alternative is to just hike north from the Woodbury TH on the JF Trail#106 for .5mls(to N33 25.494 W111 13.056)then turn SW at a rock carin onto the NE end of the Coffee Flat TR#108. This option gives you a trail to hike on which eventually does intersect the JF Ranch RD at 1.3mls total in(turn right), but with much less hiking on a boring road. You will soon see the left gated turn to the JF Ranch complex and the old corrals on the right side at this intersection. Behind the north side of the corrals you will see the trail sign for Coffee Flat#108. As the write up and trip logs confirm, you can stay on this trail where it makes sense to do so (a lot of overgrowth and catclaw this year) or just follow this Frasier Canyon creek bed all the way down to Dripping Springs at ~4.5mls total in. This trip, Dripping Springs was dripping very slowly, but with enough thirst and patience it would fill a water bottle. We saw no signs of any water seeps at this spring, but prior to arriving at the spring we did see numerous water seeps along the rocky creek bed of scenic Frasier Canyon.

    We took a short break at nicely shaded Dripping Springs, viewed those upper Caves from the creekbed then backtracked about .125mls to the easily missed(almost covered by overgrowth) trail sign for the Coffee Flat#108/Red Tanks#107 Trail intersection. From here we headed up the also overgrown with catclaw and high grass, but very scenic Red Tanks TR#107 for 5.125mls total in(at N33 24.114 W111 15.476) where the Red Tanks TR and Randolph Canyon intersect. We saw no trail sign for the Red Tanks TR continuing on at this location, but it is semi-obvious that you part-ways here with the Red Tanks TR and continue up this "no trail" Randolph Canyon...

    With the exception of the heat this day, all the overgrowth to negotiate, and almost stepping on a 7ft Bull Snake :o (hidden in the tall grass in a creekbed area of the Red Tanks TR), all was OK with this hike up to this point. :)

    Maybe IF it had been 70F instead of this afternoon being 90F while also having to deal with never ending creekbed rock-hopping up this entire Randolph Canyon for its additional 3.4ml hiking distance, we may have enjoyed this loop hike more, but we did not enjoy this Randolph Canyon section which has very little shade and not that terrific a-canyon views to offer. The Randolph Spring was flowing nicely this day and there were numerous water pooling/seeps up creek from the springs before this canyon intersects the JF Trail. Also just for reference- the GPS waypoints for the intersection of ending Randolph Canyon at the JF Trail#106 are N33 25.494 W111 13.056

    From this above intersection it was an additional 1.5ml hot and bloody "catclaw" hike on the JF Trail to reach our TH end back at Woodbury. Thank GOD for a wonderful marinated & bar-b-que fajita, sausage, tortilla, corn on the cob, fresh salad, and dessert DINNER to look forward too for this HALLOWEEN NIGHT! :D

    Additional Comment: If you use a GPS to hike with I suggest that it would be a good idea to utilize one of the nice feature offerings of HAZ and upload one of the posted GPS Routes for this loop hike and some "key" waypoints noted above. I did and I can assure you that on countless occasions it was very comforting to know that we were still "on route" to our next destination point.

    Permit $$
    None


    Directions
    Map Drive
    or
    Road
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To Woodbury Trailhead
    Take US 60 east out of Apache Junction. A couple miles past Florence Junction at MP214.2 turn north onto Queen Valley Road and drive for 1.6 miles. Turn right onto FR357 (Hewlett Station Road) and drive for 3.0 miles to signed FR172. Turn left onto FR172 and drive for 9.1 miles to the intersection of FR172A/172B. IF going to Rogers Trough TH/Parking, then turn right onto FR172A and drive 3.8 rough miles to the Rogers Trough TH; IF going to Woodbury TH, then turn left onto FR172B and drive 1.1 miles to the Woodbury TH/Parking.

    Notice This trailhead may or may not be accessible by sedan. The road is generally grated once a year. Opinions differ on what is and is not doable.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 65.6 mi - about 1 hour 49 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 98.9 mi - about 2 hours 39 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 210 mi - about 3 hours 52 mins
    help comment issue

    end of page marker