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Big Creek Trail, AZ
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Big Creek Trail, AZ 
Big Creek Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2019
markthurman53
Hiking3.01 Miles 772 AEG
Hiking3.01 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   2.18 mph
772 ft AEG      5 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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The second hike for the day was the Big Creek Trail. This trail Head is a bit tricky to locate but with a GPS Route should be easy to find. The trail is not posted along the road but it is just 100 yards south of Big Creek near the Hospital Flat Turnoff. This trail follows along an old logging road and is fairly easy to follow with the exception of the lower .2 miles. Fairly overgrown with lots of dead fall but overall easy to navigate. I headed up to the 9800 foot red squirrel refugium. The trail ends at a road that follows along the crest that extends up to Mount Graham. The trail end is about 500 feet past and about 60 feet above the 9800 foot boundary but I promise no red squirrels were harmed. I wasn't sure if when I stepped past the boundary if alarms would sound, helicopters would come over the rise or the US Marine Corps would come storming over the hill. Nothing happened. I stayed for a few minutes got some photos and started my way back down. Thunder was rumbling in the clouds that were just overhead so it was probably good to start heading back. This is an interesting trail not because of any great views but it does go through some pretty picturesque forests.
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