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Coffee Flat Trail #108Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2018
rayhuston
Hiking13.03 Miles 1,737 AEG
Hiking13.03 Miles   5 Hrs   56 Mns   2.35 mph
1,737 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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I've been on the Coffee Flat trail a couple of times, but I was in a hurry each time and didn't pay much attention to the area. Today I decided to "stop and smell the, er, coffee."

Cool weather means I can sleep in and start at 9am :o again. Better for Barkley Basin anyway; I always start too early and end up with sun glare in the background. It was just right today.

The Coffee Flat trail can be tedious, so not long after the first gate, I headed off trail NE towards the area the trail was named after: Coffee Flat. I got lucky and found easy walking through some cool terrain. When I finally got there, I found Coffee Flat to be pretty flat.

The route back to the Coffee Flat trail wasn't quite as easy but still enjoyable. Once back on the trail, just before Reed's Water, I left the trail again, this time to the south up a rocky bluff. I had to crawl under a fence to get there, but I found a pretty cool break spot. Sitting above the bend in the trail with the cottonwoods shimmering in a lovely breeze was picturesque. I bet those cottonwoods will be golden in a week or three.

After the break, I continued down the south side of the bluff and headed down Coffee Flat Canyon towards Whitlow Canyon. Once on Whitlow, I headed back to Coffee Flat, on to Dutchman and a return to the trailhead.

The trails were all in pretty good shape. No water to speak of. Deerhorn spring was a bug trap - they check in but they don't check out.

Fun day.
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