Gardner Canyon Exploratory Hike (AZ Trail - Passage 5 – in the Santa Rita Mountains)

Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 06:15
Scott Green - 480-444-6244,
B+ LENGTH: 14.3 mi ELEV GAIN: 1635 ft PACE: Medium (2.5 mph)

This is a joint hike with the Arizona Trailblazers. Because this hike involves a car shuttle, participants must sign up in advance by calling the leader no later than Wednesday, December 18th.

We’ll meet at 6:15 am (depart at 6:30) from McDonalds at the SW corner of Priest and Elliot in Tempe and carpool to the trailhead south of Tucson. Arizona Trail - Passage 5 from Gardner Canyon north to FR 4072 will take 7 to 8 hours. The passage is 13.5 miles plus another 0.8 miles from FR 4072 to AZ 83. We will do a car shuttle with at least two vehicles, one of which will be mine. There will not be much time for pictures and, as shown below, the trail and the surrounding area is hilly but not mountainous. I have visited both trailheads and have milepost and distance information along with the GPS route and attached map, but have not hiked the trail between the trailheads. See Trail Description and Map.

As a side note, I’m planning to stay in Tucson Saturday and Sunday night for two additional days of AZT hikes of about 13 miles each if anyone else is interested in joining me either day. Bring plenty of water, lunch, and sunscreen. Cost to non-members is $5.

Important - You must call or email the leader to confirm!