Hellsgate Wilderness Trail Maintenance

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Join us for a two day weekend trail maintenance project in the Hellsgate Wilderness outside of Payson, backpacking in 3 miles to the deep slot canyons in this Wilderness from the south end via Hellsgate Trail #37 and camping near the confluence of Tonto and Haigler Creeks.

The work involved may include a mix of brushing vegetation overgrowth with loppers and pruning saws, tread repair, and possibly deadfall tree removal.

The roads in to the trailhead are primitive and require high clearance 4WD. If you would like to carpool in, contact [masked] to arrange to meet nearby.


Meet at 9 AM, October 12 at the Smokey Hollow Trailhead for the Hellsgate Trail #37 west of Young, AZ along Forest Road 133.

From Payson to Young: Head east on Highway 260 for 31.5 miles before turning right on the Young Road (Forest Road 512). Continue south on a largely unpaved road for 26.5 miles to Forest Road 129 in the town of Young.Within Young, FR 512 turns into Arizona State Route 288.

From Globe to Young: Head north on Highway 188 towards Roosevelt Lake for 14.7 miles. While descending over the pass towards Roosevelt Lake, turn right onto Arizona State Route 288. Continue north on a largely unpaved road for 47.6 miles to Forest Road 129 in the town of Young.

Continuing from Young via either direction: Head west on Forest Road 129 for 5.2 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road 133 and follow it for 8.2 miles until reaching the Smokey Hollow Trailhead where the Hellsgate Trail #37 begins. This road requires high clearance 4WD. Note that Google Maps incorrectly shows FR 133 turning into FR 134 in the last several miles.

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Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/JvdjLNsqKg45Efok9

CalTopo Link: https://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=[masked],[masked]&z=15&b=f16a


- A large overnight backpack that can hold all your gear
- Water — 3 – 4 liters per day and water purification/filtration capability— there should be creek water available in the area where we'll be camping
- Food — Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks
- Personal protective equipment: work gloves, eye protection (sunglasses are fine) — hard hat will be provided
- Under our volunteer agreement with the Forest Service, you must wear closed-toe shoes or you will not be able to join us
- You must wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt while working
- Warm layers for the evening
- Sun protection (sun screen, sunglasses, hat, etc.)
- Camping gear - sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent/shelter, flashlight (batteries), plate/bowl, utensils, stove, toiletries/toothbrush, first aid kit, other?
- Optional: Hiking poles


If you have any questions about this project, contact [masked].