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Telephone Ridge Trail - Largo, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Alpine > Alpine S
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,490 feet
Elevation Gain 960 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.1
Backpack Possible & Connecting
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Preferred   Jul, Jun, Aug, Sep
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:27am - 5:35pm
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    Apache - Sitgreaves FS Details
    This is a steep, connector trail that serves as a shortcut between the Largo Trail #51 and the portion of the Sawmill Trail #39 that runs along the top of Telephone Ridge. It is used by Forest Service lookouts in a hurry to get from the Blue River Road to their lookout tower at the top of Bear Mountain. It effectively cuts one mile off the more frequently used route via Largo Trail and the WS Lake Trail #54 by making it possible for hikers to climb out of Largo Canyon and head up the mountain via the more direct Sawmill Trail.

    In addition to proving useful to those who are in a hurry to get to the summit of Bear Mountain, this connector enables backcountry travelers to put together a loop hike via Largo, WS Lake, Sawmill, and Telephone Ridge trails that covers some very scenic country and takes you back to your car at the Largo/Lanphier Trailhead. Or if you're hiking in Largo Canyon and find yourself hoping for some big views of the surrounding area, Telephone Ridge is the place to go. The opposite holds true as well. If you're on the ridge and longing for a cool canyon with green trees and a clear running stream, you may want to use the Telephone Ridge Trail to drop down to Maple Spring in Largo Canyon. You can usually find running water there. This trail offers good views into the canyon while you're picking your way down the switchbacks, and you'll probably appreciate the opportunity to take a breather and enjoy them.

    Water is usually available at Maple Spring No mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) permitted in Primitive Area

    Trail Log:
    0.0 Junction with Largo Trail #51
    0.3 Leave ponderosa pine forest, enter pinyon-juniper woodland
    0.9 Junction with Sawmill Trail

    USGS Maps: Blue, Bear Mountain

    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.

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    This trail has no direct road access.

    The Telephone Ridge Trail may be accessed via the Largo Trail #51 and the Sawmill Trail #39.
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