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Pine Creek #280 to Boulder Flats, AZ
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Pine Creek #280 to Boulder Flats, AZ 
Pine Creek #280 to Boulder Flats, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2014
tahosa
Hiking7.50 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   8 Hrs   33 Mns   1.56 mph
1,400 ft AEG   3 Hrs   45 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Haven't been on this trail since spring '09. Finally found some time to give this one another hike.
Started out on the trail head on Rt. 87 N33°45.878' ~ W111°29.600', headed North paralleling Rt. 87 till the trail swings to the East and follows the side of the hill next to Pine Creek. Since the sun was still low in the sky, picture opportunities were awesome. There was water still flowing in Pine Creek from the rains about a week ago. After about a hike of 1.6 miles, with about a 400 ft. gain I reached the junction of the Ballantine trail. From there the real uphill starts, where you will gain another 1,000 ft. and top out at the so called rock formation known as the "Trojan Horse" of the Ballantine.
The rocks and scenery after you leave the trail junction just get better as you progress up the trail. One can see to the West and pick out Red Mountain which is along the Salt River. Just before you reach boulder flats on the South side of the trail is a topographic place name, shown as "The Boulders" which is very neat since they are so jumbled and red in color well the rest of the area grey granite color is the major theme. Eventually the "Trojan Horse" will make its appearance to the left of the saddle. By this time the trip was approximately 3.75 miles with an elevation gain of approximately 1400 ft.
The view of the boulders is one of the prominent features of this area. One can see a tower on a hill that is quite a distance to the West. Took some more photos and had lunch and went back to the start of the Ballantine trail and took the Southern loop of the Pine Creek which rises to the top of the ridge before it heads back down hill to the parking lot. A very enjoyable area to take a hike in, due to awesome scenery and amazing amounts of boulders.
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