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2016-08-20  
Grapevine BB Mesa Loop, AZ
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Grapevine BB Mesa Loop, AZ 
Grapevine BB Mesa Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2016
Nightstalker
Hiking9.20 Miles 1,903 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   5 Hrs   26 Mns   2.18 mph
1,903 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I first stumbled upon this trailhead in 2012 while riding through on FS87A and always wanted to return on foot to explore the area further. I've studied the few trip reports on the area from Joe, JJIII, and Peter_Medal and put my on loop together. I recruited my most tolerant hiking partners to accompany me into the great unknown. We drove in on 87A all the way to the trailhead in my Jeep. There's a couple of spots I would recommend high clearance and if you're adverse to Arizona pinstripes, you'll want to hike that 1.5 miles in to the trailhead. The Grapevine Springs trailhead was wet and full of mosquitoes so we didn't waste any time and proceeded straight to the well marked and easy to follow Grapevine Springs Canyon Trail #4. There was plenty of water flowing in the creek and a number of muddy areas flowing from the adjacent springs. We followed trail #4 all the way to the saddle. Just before reaching the saddle we ran across a lone hiker with his dog who provided some valuable trail information (which altered my plan). As instructed, after reaching the saddle and passing through the gate, we turned left and followed the cairned route to the north along the rim of the mesa. Apart from the cairns, there was no footpath beaten in to follow. We would eventually run into another gate and the end of an old jeep road. This gate also held a carbonite sign indicating trail #4! I wasn't expecting that! We continued on the jeep road west/southwest until intersecting a more well traveled jeep road and parking area. Turning left we followed a faint jeep road for a ways until it ended and then bushwacked south to FS103. We went east on FS103 until we saw the sign for Wolfcreek #304. I was expecting to see 9434 before getting to 304, but a short stint on #304 and an opportunity to cross the barbed wire fence we bushwacked our way over to the 9434 trail I had GPS'd. We played around on the big rock pile at the edge of the mesa before dropping off the side on 9434. Storms were rolling in and we made great time going down the easy to follow 9434 back to the parking area. Great loop! Everyone was pumped up and starving so we blasted into Mayer and stopped at Teskey's for some excellent burgers and fries. We got to see some turkeys on 304 and a nice big horny toad. We also heard some heavy trees dropping near the intersection of Grapevine and Big Bug Trail that I suspected may be a bear in the trees, but no visual confirmation.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lots of clover and mushrooms!

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