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Apr 26 2014
ferazamboni
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 Joined Jun 17 2002
 Boulder, CO
Flatirons Vista and Doudy Draw TrailCentral, CO
Central, CO
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2014
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Hiking3.70 Miles
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Took the family out on this trail to enjoy the spring weather. The views of the Flatirons are very nice. The first mile of this hike is fully exposed, so it might be rough on hot summer days. However the trees provide much welcome shade after that. The trail system goes back further, but on this day we opted to loop back.
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Sep 08 2013
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 Joined Jun 17 2002
 Boulder, CO
South Arapahoe Peak, CO 
South Arapahoe Peak, CO
 
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2013
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Hiking8.60 Miles 3,252 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   6 Hrs      1.56 mph
3,252 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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After acclimating to the altitude in Boulder over the last few months, it was finally time to bag a 13K peak. South Arapahoe Peak looked to be the best bet, and I wasn't disappointed (nor did I disappoint myself). I expected to have some issue being that I'd never hiked over 10,000 feet before. However this trail worked out well, and had the perfect amount of steady incline, finishing with a manageable push.

In the summer, be sure to start very early due to afternoon thunderstorms. We started at 7:30 with perfect skies, and by the time we left at 2 it was raining. It was fun to watch the clouds form throughout the morning.
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Sep 08 2012
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43 male
 Joined Jun 17 2002
 Boulder, CO
Esperero Trail #25Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2012
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Hiking2.70 Miles
Hiking2.70 Miles   2 Hrs      1.54 mph
      15 Mns Break
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Today was a beautiful day. High for the day was only 90, and when we hit the trail at 9am there were clouds and a breeze, felt like it was in the upper 70s. I was hiking with my two boys (8 and 5) this morning, so I chose to make a short loop by connecting Esperero trail with Rattlesnake trail. The boys were not to thrilled the first 0.6 miles as we walked along the road, but once we started on the Esperero trail they perked up and enjoyed the hike. I was pleasantly surprised by this hike. It was just right for the boys. We saw whip tailed lizards, deer, and prairie dogs. Grabbed a Nico's breakfast burrito on the way home....ahh time to relax and digest.
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Aug 06 2012
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 Joined Jun 17 2002
 Boulder, CO
Anne U White TrailCentral, CO
Central, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2012
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Hiking3.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
200 ft AEG
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My boys (five and eight) and I came to Denver with my wife so she could take a class. After a couple of days exploring downtown Denver (which was very cool by the way) the boys and I headed out to Boulder to get a taste of the mountains. The Anne U White Trail looked like a good choice for kids due to proximity to the city, distance, and minimal elevation gain. To get to the trailhead, take Broadway road North to Lee Hill Drive, turn left and drive about a mile until you reach Wagon Wheel Road. Turn left on Wagon Wheel Road and drive another mile until you reach Pinto Dr. Turn left on Pinto Dr. and drive a few hundred feet to the trailhead at the end of the road. This time of year (Jul-Aug) the trail is only open from sunrise to noon because of flash floods in the creek. Although I did not know this prior to our arrival, we arrived at 10AM, so we had a couple hours to explore. The parking at the trailhead consisted of a whopping 4 spots, and two more spots reserved for emergency vehicles. Additional parking is had along Wagon Wheel Road at the intersection with Pinto Dr.

This trail follows scenic Four Mile Canyon Creek back into the mountains. At the trailhead the creek was dry, but as we hiked further back, water started to surface and the trees began to thicken. There are several areas where you can walk up to the creek and explore more closely. On this day there was very little water in the creek, just a trickle. My boys and I found a nice spot and had fun damming up the water, and then seeing if breaking one dam would cause a big enough "flood" to break the other dam. Beautiful clouds passed by overhead, darkening the sky now and then.
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Jan 03 2012
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43 male
 Joined Jun 17 2002
 Boulder, CO
Seven Falls - Mt LemmonTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2012
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Hiking8.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs      3.20 mph
700 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Young children require plenty of motivation to hike more than a mile or two. Telling them there are seven waterfalls and pools 4 miles down a trail certainly helps. My family and I did this hike in 3 hours with our two young kids. I don't recommend doing it so quickly with kids though. There are many nice spots along the way that the kids will want to stop and check out. That's what happened on our hike, and that left us very little time at the falls before having to head back to catch the last shuttle at 4pm. Taking the shuttle does shave 3.6 miles off this hike, which is a plus with young kids. I did this hike with my parents when I was a kid, about 10 years old. I still have images of the falls from then, and it was nice to make the same memories with my kids.
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Jan 23 2011
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43 male
 Joined Jun 17 2002
 Boulder, CO
Hidden Valley via Mormon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2011
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Hiking3.50 Miles 1,012 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.56 mph
1,012 ft AEG
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Took my boyz and two of their friends on this hike. Our original goal was just to the Mormon Loop junction, but when another boy hiker told our group there was a "tunnel" further along the trail, a new course was set. I have to say, its amazing how far kids will hike when 1) they are with friends and 2) there is something cool at the end of the hike. When we arrived at the tunnel in Hidden Valley we ate some snacks. It wasn't long before we spotted a chipmunk, who had obviously caught wind of our pistachios. I will note that coming back down the mountain was a bit tough or the 3 and 4 year old boyz, not so much for the 7 year olds.
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Jan 17 2011
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 Boulder, CO
Pima Canyon Trail #62Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2011
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Hiking8.60 Miles 3,940 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   2 Hrs      4.30 mph
3,940 ft AEG
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We took the kids about 2 miles in on this hike while visiting Tuscon on MLK day. The hike is beautiful. The trail was rocky, and a bit tough for my 3-year old. Other than that it was great. We'll be moving to Tucson this summer, so I'm looking forward to hiking the area more then.
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Mar 14 2010
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 Joined Jun 17 2002
 Boulder, CO
Goldmine Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2010
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Hiking2.50 Miles 693 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.00 mph
693 ft AEG
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This was my first trip the the San Tan Mountain regional park. I would have never come out this way except that I had to meet my in-laws at a dairy in Queen Creek to pick up my kids. Wow, I had no idea what I was missing. I hiked almost all the trails in the park in one day. Started at sunrise and hiked until 1PM...13 miles in total.

The Goldmine trail was the first one I tackled because I knew it was the only "climb" in the park trail system and I didn't want to do it at the end of my day of hiking. Having Phoenix Mountain Preserves and Camelback practically in my backyard, this trail didn't impress me too much. It is the only designated trail that will get your heart pumping...but it's brief.

I really hope the park adds more trails to the other mountains, especially those in the southwest area of the park. They seem far more interesting that Goldmine mountain.
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Mar 14 2010
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 Joined Jun 17 2002
 Boulder, CO
San Tan Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2010
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Hiking6.40 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.56 mph
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Spent the day hiking most of the trails in the park. The San Tan trail basically forms the main loop and has junctions with all other trails in the park. The best section was the southwestern part of this loop. That section is only single wide, and reveals some nice views of the southern part of the park. All the other sections were wide and flat, and attracted many mountain bikers and horseback riders. I have nothing against mountain bikers, but my idea of hiking is not having someone whiz by you every few minutes at high speed. If you want to avoid the crowds and have some peace and quiet, hit the park no later than 7am.
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Mar 14 2010
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 Joined Jun 17 2002
 Boulder, CO
Malpais Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2010
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Hiking4.20 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles
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If you are going to make the long drive out to this park, plan enough time to hike this trail. In my opinion, this is the best trail in the San Tan Mountain Regional Park. The mountains in the southern section of the park are beautiful. It's torture that the park does not have trails that lead the summit of at least one of these mountains. It wouldn't surprise me if many folks have started trekking up anyway, despite the park rules. This is the only trail in the park I felt worthy of a 3 rating.

The hike to the Malpais junction combined with the 4.2 mile length of the trail make this a lengthy trip. In addition, much of the hike along the base of the mountains is in a sandy wash that is sure to take it's toll on your legs after 2+ miles. Be sure to wear good hiking boots to give proper support and keep sand out.

Another thing that would be nice is for the park to add benches, or even better, campsites, out on the far reaches of this trail. A night under the stars with the mountains looming above would be a treat. When I reached the southwestern-most part of the trail I was eager to stop and eat my lunch. I had to hike off trail a bit to find a nice place to sit and enjoy the scenery thanks the lack of a picnic table. There, surrounded by cool air, soaring hawks, and towering mountains, I sank my teeth into some fine beef jerky....mmmmmmm.
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Jun 20 2009
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 Joined Jun 17 2002
 Boulder, CO
Peralta Trail #102Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 20 2009
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Hiking8.00 Miles 1,380 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.13 mph
1,380 ft AEG
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Took the dad pass for father's day and paid a visit to the superstitions. I had not hiked here since college, so it was nice to return. Never thought I'd be hiking this trail in JUNE! Trail was not as crowded as I remember, but that was probably due to the warm temps. Went about a mile past the saddle to get a closer view of the needle. Then when I returned to the saddle I climbed up to the highest boulder above the saddle and chilled for a bit. The breeze and views were excellent, and I felt some solitude from the hikers down below at the saddle.
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Jun 19 2009
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 Boulder, CO
Quartz Ridge Trail #8APhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2009
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Hiking2.20 Miles 415 AEG
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415 ft AEG
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Started out on the 8A but took the 200A turn off this time. I actually liked this hike better. It seemed to be a better workout. I noted the 200 Mohave connector once I reached the first saddle, and after reaching the peak decided to go down the west side and find the connection. Coming down the west side I noticed a trail break off to the south that was a bit more rugged. This trail descended and eventually connected with the Mohave connector trail on the southwest side of the mountain. You have to keep your eyes out though, because the Mohave connector is kind of faint in this stretch, and I blew right past it originally. The descending trail continues into the housing development, where Im sure the locals enjoy their quick access to the trail system.

I need to find out if this loop is recorded on hikearizona. I could not find it! Nor is this trail shown on the maps.
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Jun 16 2009
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 Joined Jun 17 2002
 Boulder, CO
Quartz Ridge Trail #8APhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2009
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Hiking2.45 Miles 505 AEG
Hiking2.45 Miles      45 Mns   3.27 mph
505 ft AEG
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Hit the trail at 5:30am with my dog. It was nice to find a parking spot, which was non-existant on the previous weekend. This is a great trail to watch the sunrise from.
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Jun 13 2009
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 Boulder, CO
Quartz Ridge Trail #8APhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2009
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Hiking0.75 Miles 415 AEG
Hiking0.75 Miles   1 Hour      0.75 mph
415 ft AEG
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Took my two boys (2 and 5) on this hike. Weather in mid-June was amazingly mild, highs in the mid 90s. This was the first time I let my 2 year old hike without being in the backpack. He did surprisingly well! We just hiked to the big Quartz rock, about 1/3 the way in. The boys liked the views of the city. There were a good number of people on the trail, enough that we had to park across the street. Not as much of a traffic jam as Camelback though, which is nice.
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Mar 14 2009
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 Boulder, CO
Taylor Canyon Trail #306Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2009
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Hiking8.00 Miles 3,944 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.33 mph
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A couple years ago my in-laws moved their dairy to Pima, AZ. It didn't take long for me to discover what a gold mine of a mountain lies straight out their backdoor. After a couple of years of oohing and ahhing at the views, I finally dusted off my backpacking gear (very underutilized as of late) and headed off into the mountains on the Taylor Canyon Trail. We chose this trail because the road leading out there is just a mile from the dairy. Preston did an excellent job describing how to get to the trailhead. New housing developments in the area near the highway have made it a bit tricky and mis-leading to find the road, but his description was right on. The primitive road in the last section before the trailhead is not bad, but there are a few tricky spots that require good clearance.

Everything in Preston's description of this hike is right on. It is clear the trail gets very little use by hikers, but surprisingly the trail gets enough use (mostly by bears given the scat everywhere) to make it easy to follow. There were a few spots where we had to poke around to find it again, but carins and tree ribbons (big thanks to whoever left them!) helped us in the tough spots. There is a good deal of fallen wood that hides the trails in a couple spots, but a little route finding and you'll spot the trail again.

This is a tough hike. Not for everyone. The hike up to the saddle is a constant, steady climb. The cat claw and oak will scratch at your shins and leave their bloody mark. This hike would be much more enjoyable wearing some kind of lightweight, breathable pants. There were times I was gritting my teeth as the thorns hooked my legs again and again. I've hiked many 4 mile+ trails, but something about this one made it seem like a VERY long 4 miles to the saddle.

We camped at the saddle not far from where the tails intersect. Despite the rain earlier that day, we found some great wood (just North of the site) that burned clean and very hot. So despite the freezing temps that night we were roasting like summer in Phoenix. The camp spot was a bit of a disappointment though, with barely enough room for my 2 person tent, and not flat. I explored about .5 mile further up the Clark Peak trail for a better campsite but had no luck.

Maybe I have high expectations, but I was a bit disappointed with the views from the saddle. I was hoping for more views out west of the range, but we didn't see any. Reading Preston's trip log again it seems there may be some views by hiking towards clark springs, but we did not push that far. I was also surprised we did not come across any wildlife, although it was evident that bears are in the area.
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Mar 07 2009
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 Boulder, CO
Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2009
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Hiking2.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles      50 Mns   2.76 mph
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I enjoy doing this hike at sunset during the week. There are very few people at that time.
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Feb 06 2009
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 Boulder, CO
Silver Spur Meadow TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2009
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Hiking2.80 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.87 mph
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This is a pleasant little hike that starts from the Bonita Creek campground and ends up at a meadow. We hiked this as the sun was setting, which made the meadow look golden. I noticed the hike description lists Faraway ranch as the starting point, so it seems there are two ways to access this meadow. Hike was easy enough for kids, and dogs are allowed too. There's a couple of nice benches at the meadow where you can just chill out.
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Feb 06 2009
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 Boulder, CO
Massai Point Nature Trail - Chiricahua NMTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2009
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Hiking0.50 Miles 72 AEG
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Although the distance is short, this is a must for anyone visiting the Chiricahua National Monument. The views are hard to beat. THis trail is also easy enough for small kids, mine were 2 and 5.
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Dec 26 2008
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 Boulder, CO
Hidden Valley via Pima CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2008
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Hiking5.95 Miles 727 AEG
Hiking5.95 Miles   3 Hrs      1.98 mph
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I must admit, in all my years of hiking I've ignored South mountain thinking it was boring and crowded. Boy was I wrong. There were quite a few hikers and some moutinan bikers, but this area surprised me. Once you get back in on the trail you forget you're even in Phoenix. Around fatman's pass, you can explore different boulders, and try to get to high spots. Fun times.
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May 25 2008
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Heliograph Peak from Arcadia CGTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2008
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Hiking10.00 Miles 3,322 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   2 Hrs      5.00 mph
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We spent memorial day 2008 camping at Arcadia campground. It was perfect! It had rained/snowed on the mountain that Friday, but because the camp is at 6500ft it menlted by early Saturday morning.

The Arcadia Trail starts at the Arcadia camp ground "group site". This is located just above the main Arcadia camp ground, and you can actually walk up to it from camp site 11, and then bear right. Optionally you can park at the group site, which is the first right turn after the main Arcadia camp ground.

The trail is amazing. It is certainly a steady workout, but the views along the way are awesome. We did not complete the trail because there was a great deal of snow once the trail reached 8000ft.
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