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Midnight Mesa Loop Professional Review and Guide
"This is a classic loop hike in the western Mazatzal Mountains, starting from cactus-studded desert and looping around Midnight Mesa. The highlight of the trip is the Red Hills Trail, which passes through remote country at the headwaters of Wet Bottom Creek.Some of the trails are little used and can be dif?cult to follow. You should gain experience on easier trails in the Mazatzal Wilderness before tackling this trip. Carry both the U.S.F.S. wilderness map and the U.S.G.S. topographic maps. All the trails are shown on the wilderness map, while the terrain is shown more accurately on the 7.5 minute U.S.G.S. maps."
--Bruce Grubbs, Backpacking Arizona: From Deep Canyons to Sky Islands (3rd printing) (Wilderness Press).
Plan on two hours of travel from the main roads to the trail head. All are somewhat maintained NF dirt roads only passable with a 4x4. This area suffered from some of the Mazatzal wildfires creating blockages of the trails in certain areas. Trails are sometimes difficult to find and to follow. Rock carins are sparse but are detectiblle on most trails. Don't leave home without topos and a GPS. Views at higher elevations are spectacular.
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