username
X
password
register
for free!
help
GuidesRoutes
 
Photosets
 
 Comments
triplogs   photosets   labels comments more
Foote Creek Trail #76 - 4 members in 23 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
Previous  1, 2
23 triplogs
  All Months
23 Triplogs
Jan
0
Feb
0
Mar
0
Apr
2
May
1
Jun
8
Jul
4
Aug
1
Sep
6
Oct
1
Nov
0
Dec
0
 
Jun 06 2007
Grasshopper
avatar

 Guides 47
 Routes 487
 Photos 8,981
 Triplogs 551

76 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Steeple Trail #73 - Blue RangeAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2007
Grasshopper
Hiking13.40 Miles 3,920 AEG
Hiking13.40 Miles   7 Hrs      1.91 mph
3,920 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
------------
During my 10 day camping/hiking trip to the Hannagan Meadow area, this LOOP HIKE, starting out on the Steeple Trail#73 turned-out to be the one I most enjoyed of the five day hikes I was able to complete during my stay(5/30-6/8/07) at the Hannagan Campground.

*****************************************************************
Hiking Route: From the Steeple Tr#73 / Foote Creek Tr#76 Trailhead(off Hwy#191 near MM231.5), begin on Steeple Tr#73 for 1.3mls down to intersection with Upper Grant Creek Tr#65; hike #65 down 4mls to intersection with Paradise Tr#74; hike #74 up 1.9mls to intersection with Grant Creek Tr#75; hike #75 up 2.6mls to intersection with Foote Creek Tr#76; hike #76 for 3.6mls ~level terrain back to the beginning TH and parking area; This wonderful and manageable 13.4ml LOOP HIKE has a total accumulated elevation of: 3838ft;
*****************************************************************

Prior to doing this hike, I spent almost half a day on 6/5 having fun looking at maps and planning this above LOOP HIKE. Prior to leaving home for the trip, I discovered this "inner trail" called the Paradise Trail#74, so I already knew that one hiking day that I HAD TO MAKE IT TO THIS TRAIL..regardless!...I figured that any trail named PARADISE had to be worth whatever effort it took to get there :) ! It turned-out that I was correct...the scenic views and old forest growth on this trail section were great! This Paradise Tr is 4.2mls long, but on this planned loop, I was only able to include the upper 1.9mls of it for this trip, but I will be back one day to do the 2.3ml balance of the South/SW trail portion. Also, this loop included a most pleasant surprise with my inclusion of the 4 mile Upper Grant Creek Tr#65 which is "not" passable during the rainy seasons(usually not a problem in June). This trail desends a beautiful steep & deep, narrow canyon with huge old growth forest, beautiful & unusual dense (almost "rain forest like"..) vegetation along a very active, running creek. This primitive trail is somewhat difficult to follow at times, crossing over the creek numerous time, and would be almost impossible to follow when the creek water is HIGH. A lucky seven of us encounted much Bear scat and Elk signs while hiking this beautiful 4 mile trail to its end at the Paradise Trail#74 intersection.

Also, this loop hike was the same day that 81MPH WINDS were clocked on the top of the Forest Service FIRE TOWER on ESCUDILLA PEAK! (see my Escudilla Tr triplog..dtd-6/7/07). For our afternoon 3.6ml hike on the Foote Creek Tr#76 back to the TH, we were actually having to "dodge and run over/under" falling trees due to these major high winds in the forest canopy..it was actually pretty scary at times, but we did all get back safely.
_____________________
(Outside.. "there is No Place Like It!!")
Jun 04 2007
Grasshopper
avatar

 Guides 47
 Routes 487
 Photos 8,981
 Triplogs 551

76 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Foote Creek Trail #76Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 04 2007
Grasshopper
Hiking11.50 Miles 3,680 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   1.82 mph
3,680 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
--------
This 16 mile trail goes deep into the Blue Range Primitive Area & Wilderness from Rim Top(at 9200')to Canyon Bottom (at 5520'). I joined my AOTC group this day to do a nice, manageable "in and out" day hike to the OLD GRANT LOG CABIN and back.

****************************************************************************
Trail Route: At the Steeple Creek Tr#73 / Foote Creek Tr#76 TH- Start on trail#76 and continue ~mostly level for 3.6mls to the intersection of the Grant Creek Tr#75 at P-Bar Lake(more like a small pond now); Continue Right and downhill on #75 for 1.5mls to the intersection (at gate) with Grant Cabin Shortcut Tr#306; Continue downhill on Tr#306 for .5ml to intersection with Upper Grant Creek Tr#65; Turn Right on Tr#65 and continue ~level for not more than .1ml to a nice lunch spot next to active Upper Grant Creek and the Upper Grant Creek Trail OLD LOG CABIN. This nice "in and out" hike is 11.5mls and +/-1800ft;
*****************************************************************************

This is a great hike to get acquainted with some of the hiking areas East of Hannagan Meadow in the Blue Range Primitive Area and Wilderness. The first 3.6mls is a nice level walk (+/-200ft) in the woods, in an old growth forest/canopy of large aspen, fir, pine, and spruce trees. You will start the downhill trek (-1600ft) after turning right at P-Bar Lake on to the Grant Creek Tr#75. Lunch at the Upper Grant Creek Tr OLD LOG CABIN is a great photo op area next to active Upper Grant Creek. It was at this lunch spot that I got the idea to plan a hike (for 6/6..see Steeple Trail triplog) to do the entire 4ml Upper Grant Creek Tr#65. While the others were having lunch and doing photo ops, I hiked about 10 minutes further UP this primitive Tr#65 and I was convienced that it would be a wonderful hike to do!
_____________________
(Outside.. "there is No Place Like It!!")
Jun 06 2006
zephyr
avatar

 Photos 20
 Triplogs 3

male
 Joined Jan 26 2006
 Tucson, AZ
Foote Creek Trail #76Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2006
zephyr
Hiking1.50 Miles 3,680 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   0.72 mph
3,680 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
For another easy hike in the Alpine / Hannigan Meadow we decided to explore the cross country ski trails starting at the Foote Creek trail head. Instead of following the trail down Foote Creek we branched off alon the trail to Clell Spring.

The morning was again beautiful, bright and sunny, perfect for views of the Aspens and Spruce trees. We lingered in the meadows watching the butterflies, hoping for a deer to pass by. No such luck.

All too soon it was time to head back to the trailhead.
_____________________
average hiking speed 1.48 mph
Previous  1, 2

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

help comment issue

end of page marker
20% off various HAZ shirts & sale tagged merchandise