On Saturday July 6th I'm doing a loop of trails around Kendrick Mountain but people can certainly only do Kendrick if they prefer.
Kendrick tops out at about 10,400 feet above sea level and on this loop set of trails will be scaled twice from the southern and northern faces. I'm estimating about 6000 feet of elevation gain (9000 feet total elevation) and about 16 miles (just an estimate could be more) for the hike. This is an aggressive hike. I've been cooking this loop up in my head for a while and am looking forward to the challenge.
There are two meeting locations for carpool (please enter your location choice during your RSVP so others know who to look for) listed below. I am camping very close to the trailhead Friday night and will meet everyone at the trailhead, if you're interested in camping email me directly. Meeting spots:
1. Tempe Historical Museum for a 5:45 am departure. Meet in the lot area off of Southern between the Pyle Center and the museum.
2. Dennys on Bell Road for a 6 am departure. Meet in the lot south of Denny's and east of Fry's. The Tempe carpool will not be stopping at the Phoenix carpool.
We will all rendezvous at the trailhead for a trail start hopefully no later than 8:30 am (this means no stopping in Flagstaff for those driving up from Phoenix Saturday morning). Passenger car is fine for getting to the trailhead. Every driver and passenger is responsible for making gas/wear and tear arrangements for carpool payment so please make sure you understand your costs before you hop in.
It is monsoon season. This hike is rain or shine with the exception of electrical activity which will bring the hike to an immediate stop for safety reasons, storm safety will be covered at the trailhead before the hike. IF we get turned away from these trails due to a storm an alternate hike will be decided on by the group.
There is no water source for Kendrick so you will need all your water for the day on your person for this hike. Obviously food and snacks as well as weather protection is needed. Since this is an aggressive hike and meant for advanced hikers those participation should be able to prepare for this hike without a 'what to bring' list of items.
See you Saturday.
From Flagstaff take US180 towards the Grand Canyon. Turn left on FR245. Follow it back to FS171 and take a right. From 171 turn right on 171a and that road will lead you to the Kendrick Trail