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Lost Ranch Eliminator Loop, AZ
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Lost Ranch Eliminator Loop, AZ 
Lost Ranch Eliminator Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2016
Hiking5.33 Miles 1,241 AEG
Hiking5.33 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.13 mph
1,241 ft AEG
1st trip
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My first time on on the Lost Ranch Trail. I got to the ruins and then didn't know how to continue. After puzzling over it for a while I realized that the trail must be on the other side of the wash from the ruins and took the very steep trail down to the bottom of the wash and crossed to the other side. Once across the wash it was easier to see the trail. The trail is fairly steep -- it convinced me to invest in a set of trekking poles for the next time. The trail gains altitude fairly quickly as you head up the wash with great views of the canyon you're climbing. Then the trail makes a left turn following the terrain and after a little while you get to the top of the ridge and get nice views looking down at the Bursera trail. Then the trail turns right for the last stretch where it connects with the National trail.

I turned right (East) on the National Trail and followed it for about a mile to where the Eliminator Trail branches off to the right. This was also my first time on the Eliminator Trail. There are a couple steep sections that you really don't want to slip on or you could end up in trouble. Another good reason for trekking poles. The steep terrain comes with some awesome views including a nice view of the pyramid trail. I found the Eliminator Trail a lot more enjoyable than the nearby Lost Mine Trail which starts and ends at about the same places.

I'll do this hike again for sure.
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