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Ballantine Trail #283Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking12.89 Miles 4,328 AEG
Hiking12.89 Miles   6 Hrs   13 Mns   2.66 mph
4,328 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
 
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Bob & I decided to do a key swap hike on the Ballantine Trail. Bob started up at Cline TH and I started down at the Ballantine TH, BTW, it took Bob 45 min. to drive his Jeep up to the trailhead from the Beeline hwy. and it took me 35 min. to drive out. The distance and AEG as recorded on my Garmin is 12.89/4328, it recorded lower when downloaded, but I entered these figures so anyone considering this hike would know what to expect. My hike followed a well defined trail that had an AEG of approx. 2000 all the way up to Boulder Flats, then things got interesting. The trail all but disappears in places and the cats claw & Manzanita make for, at times, a formidable barrier. I met Bob when I was 8.25 miles in and he was 4.65 from Cline TH, we had lunch next to a huge elk horn. There is plenty of running water, as of this writing, past the Ballantine Corral down below and up in the pines 3 miles from Cline TH. When you're on top, just shy of the saddle, there are numerous large fallen trees over the trail and this, added to the overgrowth, can make travel difficult. We chose to do this hike, because not many do considering the logistics of a shuttle or key swap. I'm really glad we had a chance to complete this hike, there were some beautiful sites and we encountered no others on the trail. The last two miles heading down to Cline were uneventful, but the condition of the trail shows that it receives very little use. If you chose to do this hike, be prepared to bring your best route finding skills along with you. I would not recommend wearing shorts or short sleeves and bring plenty of fluids also, but most of all...have fun, we did!

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