Strayhorse Loop

Alpine, Arizona

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This loop takes you through the remote southwest corner of the Blue Range Primitive Area and includes a unique section of hiking along the Blue River. You are unlikely to see any other people on this hike. In fact, it has the flavor of hiking in Arizona before the recreation explosion, when trailheads were rarely marked, backcountry trails were almost unused, and trail signs often missing. This is a demanding hike due to the condition of the trails. Although the Forest Service wilderness map shows this entire loop as following system trails, the trails receive little maintenance. The trail down Strayhorse Canyon is now mostly a blazed route and should be considered cross-country, although there are occasional sections of good trail.

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"This loop takes you through the remote southwest corner of the Blue Range Primitive Area and includes a unique section of hiking along the Blue River. You are unlikely to see any other people on this hike. In fact, it has the flavor of hiking in Arizona before the recreation explosion, when trailheads were rarely marked, backcountry trails were almost unused, and trail signs often missing.

This is a demanding hike due to the condition of the trails. Although the Forest Service wilderness map shows this entire loop as following system trails, the trails receive little maintenance. The trail down Strayhorse Canyon is now mostly a blazed route and should be considered cross-country, although there are occasional sections of good trail."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Alpine
Distance: 33.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,240 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 5 days
Season: Best September–October
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Views
Local Contacts: Alpine Ranger District, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, P.O. Box 469 Alpine, Arizona 85920, (928) 339-4384
Local Maps: Rose Peak, Dutch Blue Creek U.S.G.S., Blue Range Primitive and Wilderness Areas U.S.F.S.
Driving Directions: Directions to Strayhorse Loop

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May 2018