Friday, May 6, 2016

Arizona National Trail—Passage 21 Scouting Trip (May 7, 2016)

Pine Mountain (Lone Pine Saddle to Sunflower)


I spent two nights camped at Lone Pine Saddle, and explored around.  I could not find where AZT Passage 21 began.  Directions in the book, do not match my maps… and on the ground I could find no signs for a FR 422.  I need to research this more and get full size topo maps for the entire AZT.  But I hiked on AZT southward from Pigeon Spring Trailhead into Passage 20.


I think I should have turned left here down FR 143, but I felt I was going the wrong way to get back to Hwy 188, so I turned right.  I think the trail picks up to the left a ways.



Bushnell Tanks Road (old FR 22).  There is nothing else in Sunflower, nothing.


The rest of the Passage 21 is not accessible by road as far as I can tell, until you get to Sunflower. This was a disappointment.  It is 19.8 miles through this section… and should be awesome.


Earlier I had gone to the northern end of this Passage off Hwy 87 at Bushnell Tanks Road.  I hiked here into Passage 22.


I think it was at this point you could hike South on the AZT into Passage 21, or turn right going Westward into Passage 22.  I have to admit some of the signage and trails are confusing.

Last: Passage 20 – Four Peaks

Next: Passage 22 – Saddle Mountain

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In 2006, I was shopping for a wheelchair. By 2007, I had new knees, better health and by 2008 a kayak. In Aug 2013, I kayaked my 49th state, Alaska, at the Holgate Glacier and in May 2014, I kayaked Hawaii, my 50th state, to celebrate my 70th Birthday and the finale to the wonderful adventure of Kayaking America? Next up... Solo Hiking the Arizona Trail, 820 miles? Maybe. Still healing from shoulder and trying to decide.