Lower Soldier Camp Trail

Mesa, Arizona

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This loop hike in the Four Peaks foothills takes you along ridges with superb views; a good winter hike when the high country is snow-covered. From Cottonwood Camp, follow the Soldier Camp Trail east; it starts a gradual climb along a ridge. After a mile or so the grade steepens, and the trail ends at the Cane Spring Road at 2.1 miles. You can make this a much longer hike (a good overnight backpack) by continuing east on the Cane Spring Road at 2.1 miles. When the road veers off the ridge to the east, turn left onto the Soldier Camp Trail. The trail stays on the ridge south of Boulder Creek, climbing steadily to the northeast. Next, turn right on the Cane Spring Trail and follow this trail down to Cane Spring.

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"This loop hike in the Four Peaks foothills takes you along ridges with superb views; a good winter hike when the high country is snow-covered. From Cottonwood Camp, follow the Soldier Camp Trail east; it starts a gradual climb along a ridge. After a mile or so the grade steepens, and the trail ends at the Cane Spring Road at 2.1 miles.

You can make this a much longer hike (a good overnight backpack) by continuing east on the Cane Spring Road at 2.1 miles. When the road veers off the ridge to the east, turn left onto the Soldier Camp Trail. The trail stays on the ridge south of Boulder Creek, climbing steadily to the northeast. Next, turn right on the Cane Spring Trail and follow this trail down to Cane Spring."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mesa
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 1,180 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 3,100 feet
Local Contacts: Mesa Ranger District, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mine Mountain, Mormon Flat Dam; USDAFS Tonto National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Soldier Camp Trail

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May 2018