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Pipeline Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This hike along the south slopes of Elden Mountain faces south and dries out more quickly in the spring than other trails in the area. Follow the Elden Mountain Trail northwest through a gate. After several hundred yards, turn left at the Fatman’s Loop junction. The trail passes through a second gate then meets the Pipeline Trail at the base of Elden Mountain. Turn left here and follow the trail as it winds through the rough, rocky, volcanic terrain at the base of the southeast ridge. The trail alternates between the pipeline cut and the ponderosa pine–Gambel oak forest between the pipeline and the base of the mountain. This is the area where the Radio Fire started on a hot, windy day in June 1977. Driven by the wind and creating its own “chimney effect,” it roared uncontrollably up the steep slopes above you."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Northern Arizona (Falcon Guides).
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