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Antelope Peak - GET #5, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 16.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,015 feet
Elevation Gain -1,872 feet
Accumulated Gain 730 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 day
Kokopelli Seeds 18.73
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
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GET Segment 5 overview

The lone profile of tawny Antelope Peak presides over the first half of this enjoyable segment. Eastbound hikers have been eyeing this eroded volcanic cone for miles, and now finally get to inspect it at close range. The rolling, well-graded Arizona Trail hiking experience is more cohesive here than in Segment 4, with less roadwalking and more continuous treadway. Finally, though, the GET parts company with the southbound-trending Arizona Trail, slabbing east in order to begin its approach toward spectacular Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness (Segment 7). In the process our route - a straightforward cross-country-via-wash experience now - passes near perennial Putnam Spring, by far this segment's best (and other than the San Pedro River, its only reliable) water source. Here the GET returns to a saguaro-studded Lower Sonoran desert environment, and threads a picturesque, red-walled box canyon on its way toward the lush, tree-lined oasis of the San Pedro River, which it then follows for a serene and contemplative mile. Extending over 100 miles from its source in Sonora, Mexico to the Gila River near Winkleman, the San Pedro is one of the Southwest's finest remaining examples of a low-desert riparian-riverine community. It is also a fragile and highly endangered ecosystem, due to long-term regional drought compounded by unsustainable agricultural use of groundwater along its length.

A detailed, mile-by-mile description of this segment is available in the official GET guidebook. See

This segment of the GET forms part of a longer trip option between resupply locations, as described below:

GET Segments 3 - 5, Superior to Mammoth

Continuing southbound along the route of the Arizona Trail (and sometimes apart from it), the GET follows a combination of maintained singletrack and primitive foot trail into the little-known White Canyon Wilderness (BLM), a small but superlative landscape of remnant volcanic peaks and colorful ash-flow sedimentary cliffs. The Sonoran desert here is in fine form, with dense stands of saguaro cacti among a panoply of unique desert flora on display. After a challenging hike along rugged drainages and old mining roads south of the wilderness area, the route rejoins the Arizona Trail alongside the tree-lined banks of the Gila River where it seeks out a bridged crossing upstream. Beyond, the terrain gradually mellows and long-range views highlight the distant Sky Island range of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson. Here the route continues to follow an adventurous web of singletrack trail and connecting dirt roads as it seeks out lone Antelope Peak, a low volcanic outlier of the Tortilla Mountains. Eventually the GET and AZT part ways for good, as our route turns east along the wide sandy course of Putnam Wash in the company of dark basalt cliffs, then along the gentle San Pedro River in a rare desert riparian oasis, to reach AZ Hwy 77 ten miles north of the small village of Mammoth AZ.

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Antelope Peak - GET #5
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    I took Fan to see the san Pedro river. We parked at the Freeman TH and as we pulled there was a fellow hiker stocking up the water cache. He said that the cache was full to the top.
    We headed down the AZT to the Bell hive well and took a short break. Then we took the GET down to the river. We tried to find the Putnam spring. Unless it in the middle of the wash, we didn't find it.

    Fan was highly disappointed with the San Pedro river. She considered it more of a creek. I wanted to hike into the Aravaipa creek. The plan was to continue down the Putnam wash, go under SR77 and go up Aravaipa. Two fence lines and bridge construction put a stop my plans ](*,) . I tried to detour around but that area is riddled with private property. I couldn’t find a legal way around without going about ½ mile to north. Then I just explored up the river and bushwhacked over to the Camino Rio road. The road follows the river and yes there private property along the road. I looks like someone owns a portion of the river.

    I met back up Fan and we took Putman’s wash / rancher road back to Freeman road. We came across a herd of cattle near the Whitehead well. The herd was blocking the way. This was the first time that the cows didn’t run from us. The bulls gave us the stink eye and started scratch sand in the wash. I gave them the vegan story, but that wasn't working this time [-X . We had to walk around the herd. Then is started to rain on us :o ! I rained for about 10 minutes.

    The temps were on the cool side in the morning and night. It got very chilly after the rain. There was on & off rain for drive back until we hit the 60.
    Antelope Peak - GET #5
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    GET 5 and GET 6 West to East
    i really wanted to get these two in before it got too hot. trying to catch back up to Padrino. As always jj was a great friend and joined me for this long hike even though he'd done it already. we had a nice long hike and laughed about all kinds of random and weird things along the way but the highlight of the day was feeding our new four legged friends at the San Pedro.

    Thanks for joining was a pleasure as always :)

    GET 9 segments done, 190.9 miles
    Antelope Peak - GET #5
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    Seeing the San Pedro river been on my list of things to see ever since I saw it from the AZT. This seemed like a good weekend to check it out. I started at the AZT trail-head off of Freeman road and headed down the AZT. The Beehive well is where the AZT and the GET go their separate ways. The GET follows the Putnam wash and takes a turn to the left(north) when it hits Camp Grant wash. The Putnam spring is puts out a good flow of water. I went poking around Camp Grant wash a bit.

    When you see a train bridge you're near the river. At this point the GPS track from HAZ becomes important. You have to zig-zag around a fence line by going on South Camino Rio road and back into the wash. Now your right at the river. The San Pedro river looked more like a creek. I was able to cross without getting my feet wet. I saw a bunch of ATV's and horseback riders here. Now your in the flood plain of the river. The Aravaipa creek had water flowing in it. The GPS track helps guide you to out of this are and onto the Aravaipa road. There a lot of private property in this area and the GPS track helps you avoid it. I explored a bit before having lunch and returning.

    This was a fun hike, but the wash can get annoying with the loose sand. I found if you hike to the extreme right or left , the ground was more solid. The weather turned out perfect. It almost got warm and the clouds came in and cooled things down
    Antelope Peak - GET #5
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    Planned on doing this west to east with Nick, while JJ & johnlp did it form east to west. Last minute, Nick had a conflict so I did this one on my own. First time I've done a 30-mile day on my own, but it turned out fine.

    Drove out Freeman Road, and started off about 7am. The Arizona Trail here is faint in spots. Early in the morning I saw the largest jackrabbit I've ever seen, it was as large as young adult bobcat.

    In climbing up the ridge at about the 4 1/2 mile mark, the trail was also a bit hard to follow because of all the well defined cattle trails criss-crossing the trail. When I climbed the ridgeline, I stopped for a short breakfast break and soak in the views when two AZT through hikers came by from the south. They were on day 11 and estimated they had 35 days to go to Utah. One of them had a Pacific Crest Trail tattoo, so this wasn't his first trek.

    Made it to Beehive Well...lots of water there in the tank but it was nasty. You'll need a pretty serious filter for this stuff. Said goodbye here to the Arizona Trail, left the mountains, and started the long walk down Putnam Wash. It was dry until I met the convergence of Camp Grant Wash, then I hit some water and found the first gila monster of the day.

    Made my way to the San Pedro River, nice riparian area, great lunch spot. Even saw horses (I'm assuming wild horses) just roaming around free out there. The reroute of the GET now sends you a mile or so upriver along the banks before breaking off. You have to cross the San Pedro a few times in this distance. That day I only had to take my boots off one time because the cross wasn't passable without getting in, but I'm sure it varies a lot by season.

    Met JJ and johnlp here and had lunch, then took off, headed out of river and up the bank. Once up there, warning...there are a lot of other trails. You can think you're doing the right one, the same one you had been on, only to find out that you are going the wrong direction. Watch your GPS closely in this area, until you hit the first dirt road.

    From here, you toward the road section of this segment 5 and 6 combined hike. A couple of short dirt roads and then you cross AZ77. AZ77 ends segment 5 and starts segment 6.

    The first few miles of segment 6 is quite boring, hiking down the paved Aravaipa Road past the college. Eventually you get off the paved road and turn off to dirt roads and eventually back onto singletrack. Some of that singletrack is pretty sketchy and not sure footed. Follow little ribbon ties in trees where you can find them, and definitely follow the GPS.

    Eventually you do a quick descent and end up on Aravaipa Road about 3 miles from the trailhead, and you follow it to the end.

    Ran into my second gila monster maybe a quarter mile from the Aravaipa trailhead. He didn't like me taking pictures of him like the first one did, he actually hissed at me.

    Finished up at the Aravaipa Trailhead around 5:15.

    Great day, pretty decent timing too. Thanks JJ & John for helping setting us up.

    FIRST 7 SEGMENTS & 150 MILES OF THE GET ... done! :y:

    pincushion cacti blooming well...a few poppies and other flowers as well...

    Permit $$
    AZ State Land Recreational Permits are available for an individual ($15.00), or a family limited to two adults and children under the age of 18 ($20.00).

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    Arizona Trail at Freeman Road. From AZ 77 at Dudleyville, head west on dirt 2WD Freeman Road 12 miles, crossing a cattle guard just before Arizona Trail tread meets the road at right by a carsonite post. Park here off the road, or turn right (north) onto a rough track that leads about 0.3 mi. to an impromptu, more secluded parking/camping area at left.
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