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Mesquite Y, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,870 feet
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Accumulated Gain 590 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.55
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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8  2018-01-11 Steph_and_Blake
18  2015-01-28 TheNaviG8R
50  2014-07-10
Peak 2545 - Salt River Corridor
30  2014-07-04
The Point Overlook - Canyon Lake
50  2014-06-01
Peak 3042 - Mormon Flat Dam Quad
7  2012-01-24 AZLOT69
8  2010-11-08 sventre
11  2004-08-19 joebartels
Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 242
Routes 836
Photos 12,083
Trips 4,885 map ( 24,932 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:36am - 7:28pm
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Beauty beyond destination
by joebartels

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Here's a simple hike into a scenic area few ever see. From Mesquite Flat just east of Tortilla Flats, you take off NW onto a jeep road. The entire hike mentioned here is on the jeep road. In fact, you could drive, but the scenery is better-absorbed hiking.

It's a steady rise up the road. Soon the road notches high on the left to go around a ravine with a mini dam of sorts. Continue to the Y intersection. First, I opted for the west extension of the Y. The views are pretty good but not as good as the east extension. You might opt to use this end for further exploration. Most notably would be Peak 2749.

On route to the east extension, you are presented with options for exploring the drainages to the north. All of these eventually end shortly at the Salt River. The east extension of the Y ends with nice views in many directions. An easy off-trail excursion would get you to even better views from Peak 2545.

Although nothing mind rattling, I found this to be a pleasant hike even in mid-day August heat. Granted, it was an uncharacteristically cool day with scattered clouds. Photographers would certainly benefit from surrounding thunderstorms. The area doesn't show the horrid signs of abuse I've witnessed in the nearby Tonto Forest.

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2004-08-19 joebartels
    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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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Apache Junction take SR88 1.1 miles east past Tortilla Flat
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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