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Mar 27 2017
norm5715
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Sophie's FlatPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2017
norm5715
Hiking6.94 Miles 1,113 AEG
Hiking6.94 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   1.94 mph
1,113 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Parked near the Blue Tank off Blue Tank Road (N34° 00.587' W112° 41.748') and hiked about 1.3 miles along north east along a very sandy wash. We then picked up Trail A

Hiked trail A until N34° 01.529' W112° 42.002'. At this point we turned right (west) and climbed Red Top mountain (my name).

The climb is really neat with the total ascent for that section of about 450 feet in about .4 miles. The last few 300 feet ascent is hand over hand rock climbing. I wore gloves and passed my poles to the hiker ahead. I needed both hands to get to the top. Coming down was just as difficult.

Luckily my hiking group is very experienced and we've learned to trust each other.

Once you reach the top, the view is amazing, well worth the climb.

Came back from the Red Top trail and turned southwest on trail A, continuing the loop.

The last couple miles were an easy walk on Blue Tank Road. However, we did get into the wash accidentally and had to bushwhack a couple hundred yards to get to the road.

Really cool, we saw a 3 to 4 foot rattle snake under a bush. I was hoping for a picture to post, but the snake blended too well. In addition to the rattle snake, we also saw a desert turtle and a deer (I missed the other animals).

When we reached the parking lot the temperature was a pleasant 81 degrees and a light breeze was blowing throughout our hike

All and all, a great hike
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Nov 14 2014
black_toes
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82 male
 Joined Sep 24 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Sophie's FlatPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2014
black_toes
Hiking3.25 Miles 154 AEG
Hiking3.25 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   2.29 mph
154 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
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Had never hiked this area NE of Wickenburg, so thought I would take MJ along and give it a try. The TH and large parking lot off Blue Tank Rd were easy to find. There is a toilet but no water, a kiosk with an all but useless map. The map outlines only the 7.1-mile "A" loop. Nothing shown re the shorter B, C and D loops. If the guest book in the registry box is an indication, the trail gets little use. A single hiker from Grants Pass, OR, apparently had done the trail earlier in the day. Two RVs were parked up the hill. A corral and a blue water tank were partly hidden in the distance.

The well-marked trail soon drops down into a ravine and leads to a long slog through a sandy wash. Equestrians travel these washes, and their horses have broken up the silt into ankle-deep sand. We made good time by staying on the hardened silt at the sides but with all the bushes and trees it was difficult. Because we started late, budgeting time was important. Figured we had about 1:20 before turning around. These trails are light and somewhat overgrown and navigating them in darkness was not an appealing idea. We kept hoping the "B" loop would take us back to the TH but as time passed it became clear by my GPS the route was taking us farther away. So we reluctantly reversed course at 1620 faced with a 1724 sunset and arrived back at the TH at 1705 and enjoyed another beautiful sunset.

The land is largely pristine desert although a "patty" or two indicate someone is running a small herd of cattle in here on BLM land. My favorite prickly pear, the Pancake, small-spined and bluish, likes it here as does the buckhorn cholla. Lots of the usual suspects -- palo verde, brittlebush, some creosote and mesquite, a few Saguaro, not to mention several plants I couldn't ID. Trails are narrow and more rocky than I'm used to. Will try the Flat again sometime when I have more time. There are two peaks to the NW which might prove an interesting excursion. Saw no wildlife to mention, unless you consider dens of black ants. We heard sounds of ATVs in the distance but none was seen, thanks be to the gods.
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Dec 01 2013
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 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Sophie's FlatPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2013
Alston_Neal
Hiking7.10 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles
340 ft AEG
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We decided the Sunday after Thanksgiving to check out this trail written about in the AZ. Republic by Mare Czinar. Our son had mentioned awhile back that he'd rather we all went hiking to a place none of us had been to before. Kinda like discovering something together.
Wickenburg is not generally on our hiking agenda, even though we all like the area. So we headed "Out Wickenburg Way" to Sophie's Flat, which BTW is my first trail description...Woot!
We took trail "A" and after a bit we ended up in a big wash by a road and following what appeared to be the trail left by the Seventh Cavalry the day before. Soon though we exited the wash and were back on trails. We came to trail "B" an interconnector and took it to trail "C" another interconnector to "A". So there are lots of areas for exploring here and for a Sunday it was dead quiet and we never saw anyone.
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