AZT 25 White Rock Mesa Day Hike - AZ Trailblazers Hiking Club

Nov 17, 2018 6:30 AM - Nov 17, 2018 4:00 PM
The Hike - This section of the Arizona Trail is west of Pine and runs generally in an east-west direction. We will do a one way hike, dropping a car at the Pine Trailhead and continuing north on SR 87 to Strawberry. Turn west on Fossil Creek Road and then south on FR 428 and 194, with about 3 miles on unpaved roads. We’ll start on Hardscrabble Mesa and follow a power line for 3 miles before we descend into Oak Creek (no, not the one near Sedona). Chuck Parsons led us on an in and out hike from Pine Trailhead to Oak Spring a few years ago in November. There was very nice fall color at that time. Hopefully we will see that as we climb out of Oak Creek and on up to Pine Trailhead. Required: • Sturdy hiking boots • At least 3 liters of water • Rain poncho • Hat, sunblock, sunglasses • Lunch or snacks Recommended: • Hiking poles • Camera Distance - 10 miles Elevation Change - +-1000' elevation change Elevations - 5200' to 6200' Time - 5-6 hours On trail - 100% — Arizona Trail, passage 25 Dogs? - no Type - one way Starting at - Sandy’s Canyon Trailhead 35° 7.710' N, 111° 36.110' W [NAD27] Cost - Sharing gas expenses with the driver. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member. Leader - David French. You must email the leader to confirm. Please include your cell phone number in case we need to contact you the day of the hike. Meet - 7:00 AM in the parking lot of Target Center on the south side of Shea Blvd., about a mile west of Highway 87 (Beeline). For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the northernmost curb facing Shea Blvd. opposite the Target store. Drive - • East on Shea Blvd to SR 87, then north through Payson to just south of Pine. Pine Trailhead is on the right. There is a pit toilet there. • Leave at least one car Pine Trailhead and continue to Strawberry, then turn left on Fossil Creek Road. Go 2.8 miles, and turn left onto FR 428. • Park here and begin the hike. If it is not possible to park here, we’ll continue another mile or so on FR 194 to Twin Buttes Trailhead on the left.
David French
AZT 25 White Rock Mesa Day Hike - AZ Trailblazers Hiking Club