November 2, 2013 · 7:00 AM
SIERRA ANCHA WILDERNESS Day Hike - Near Roosevelt Lake
Saturday November 2nd
Leader: Kim Hemmersbach ([masked]) Length: 8.25 miles
Phone: [masked] Rating: Moderate Elev gain: 1840’
MEET in south end of Home Depot parking lot, US 60 & Power Rd, 7:00 AM
The McFadden Horse Trail #146 takes one across the flattened, horseshoe shaped top of McFadden Horse Mountain at the northern end of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness. This trail rewards you with a prehistoric ruin known as Elephant Rock fortress and a spectacular view of the rugged Cherry Creek area. McFadden Horse Mountain derives its name from William McFadden, who had been a part of a vigilante group during the Pleasant Valley War. McFadden later settled in the Sierra Ancha, founding the Circle Ranch on McFadden Creek, at the western foot of the mountain that bears his name. According to Hike Arizona, route finding can be challenging but states that there are numerous cairns and are well placed.