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Ballantine Cabin & CorralPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2016
chumley
Hiking10.72 Miles 2,369 AEG
Hiking10.72 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   2.54 mph
2,369 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
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Lee convinced me to check this one out, and the first couple of miles were exactly the reason I hadn't previously done this. It should be called "State Route 87 - Alt" :roll:

The sound of traffic and smell of exhaust really isn't my idea of a nice hike, and it takes a long time to get far enough away that you don't notice it anymore. Oh well.

The climb was steady, and the sun was out making it just a little warmer than I prefer. I think this trail has an ideal season of December-January. :M2C:

The higher elevations are exponentially more scenic than the first 2 miles so that was a pleasant change. There was water flowing in all the drainages. The trail to the cabin had been driven by dirt bikes (motor) and torn it up a fair amount. Not bad, but I was glad they weren't there today. The crossover section to the corral might as well be a real trail -- it is traveled very well and there was absolutely no problem following the route.

On the way back down, clouds finally blocked the sun making it a pleasant, cool afternoon. Until we got down far enough that the beeline was within earshot again. ](*,)

Ran into a couple of HAZ lurkers in the parking lot. They'd seen Lee and the dogs in the Supes before, and apparently some guy named Chumley is their go-to for hike research info. :oops:
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