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Doll Baby TH to LF Ranch, River Route

Posted: Mar 31 2019 8:54 pm
by Sredfield
Does anyone have a GPS track for the "shortcut" between Doll Baby TH and the LF Ranch area? Thanks!

Re: Doll Baby TH to LF Ranch, River Route

Posted: Mar 31 2019 9:56 pm
by markthurman53
Do a search on AZT 25. select the description for Whiterock Mesa -AZT 25. On the description page I have a hike listed as Doll Baby Ranch White Rock Mesa if you select that my trip log has the route. You can download that. I assume you are looking for the route between the Doll Baby road where it is blocked to the LF Ranch.

Re: Doll Baby TH to LF Ranch, River Route

Posted: Mar 31 2019 10:10 pm
by Sredfield
Thank you! Yes, I understand there is a route along the river that is about a mile shorter than walking the road.

Re: Doll Baby TH to LF Ranch, River Route

Posted: Apr 01 2019 8:38 am
by mazatzal
I think the shortcut is visible on satellite view: just east of Tub Draw / Mine Road Spring. Goes straight north down to river and then go along the river.

Re: Doll Baby TH to LF Ranch, River Route

Posted: Apr 01 2019 10:55 am
by Sredfield
@mazatzal
That's what I was seeing. Working on "connector trails" to add to the app. Whether they can be "unofficial" trail or not will be a decision for another time.

Re: Doll Baby TH to LF Ranch, River Route

Posted: Apr 01 2019 4:28 pm
by CannondaleKid
@Sredfield
Not sure about following the river, especially with a backpack... while we followed it in April 2015, we very likely would not have been able to do it without getting wet when we were there last month.
I'd just follow FR406W.

Re: Doll Baby TH to LF Ranch, River Route

Posted: Apr 01 2019 7:16 pm
by toddak
This isn't a GPS track but it's pretty close, and the route is pretty obvious.
AZT 25 approach.JPG

Re: Doll Baby TH to LF Ranch, River Route

Posted: Apr 01 2019 7:55 pm
by markthurman53
The hard part is the climb up the hill and the shortcut doesn't eliminate that. The road is fairly easy walking and not much further than the shortcut but it is a road, I guess I would be interested in how easy is the short cut? Does it involve a lot of brush?

Re: Doll Baby TH to LF Ranch, River Route

Posted: Apr 02 2019 6:18 am
by CannondaleKid
markthurman53 wrote:The road is fairly easy walking and not much further than the shortcut but it is a road, I guess I would be interested in how easy is the short cut? Does it involve a lot of brush?
It would save one mile of hiking, .9 mi vs 1.9 mi.
At one time it was a road down to Tub Draw and based on the satellite view, it appears to be pretty open.

We saw where it left FR 406W when we were there last month and had we known it was a shortcut to the ranch we would have checked it out.
Now we know. :doh: