Hell’s Gate Wilderness Hike

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 06:45
Don - dgmowry@gmail.com
A LENGTH: 14.1 mi ELEV GAIN: ~3200 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at Wendy’s in Fountain Hills, on Shea Blvd., just west of the Beeline Highway.

The Hell’s Gate Wilderness is truly rugged and beautiful, with many scenic panoramas; a photographic gem. It was featured in this February’s Arizona Highways. This was the home of the ancient Salado people until about 1400 A.D., followed by the Apache several hundred years later. The Pleasant Valley War was waged here: a bloody feud between the Tewksbury and Graham families of ranchers in the late 1800s, famous in Arizona lore. While the hiker faces several moderate-to-steep climbs on the route to Hell’s Gate, there’s a challenging two mile hill on the return trip. Bring lunch and plenty of water. No dogs or children please. Cost to non-members is $5.