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Explore Quail Draw

Several weeks ago some of us hiked the Sunshine Trail Loop down on the Arizona Strip. There was an interesting canyon leading off of that called Quail Draw. There was also a smaller one in that same area that could be explored. This is a strictly exploratory hike into that area. It will probably be 4 to 6 miles. Altitude gain depends on what we find, but it will probably be less than 1000 feet.

While this is down on the Arizona strip, the road is pretty good. As always on dirt roads, a high-clearance vehicle with good tires is a good idea. I have room in my Explorer for several people who don't have an appropriate vehicle. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, and be prepared to deal with almost any kind of terrain as we work our way up the draw. Since it is likely to be in the 70's be sure to bring enough water.

We will meet on the south end of the Lowes parking lot just off Medical Center Drive.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello,

    I was unable to make this hike, but do have a related question. By chance while you were exploring did you come across the canyon that contains rappelling anchors? If so, is it possible to give me an idea where the canyon starts? Or is it fairly obvious? Thanks so much!

    March 6, 2014

    • Jeff V.

      We didn't see any rappelling anchors, but we were down in the wash.

      March 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for your reply.

      March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike.......I agree with the others, lots more to see in that area!

    March 6, 2014

  • jack r.

    Awesome scenery, great lunch overlook, lots of sea shell fossils, a good day had by all

    March 6, 2014

  • Craig e.

    Great hidden area. I see lots of opportunities for further exploration. Thanks for taking us down there Jeff.

    March 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jeff
    Another great hike in the books. The area down in the AZ strip is amazing. Thank you for introducing us!

    March 6, 2014

  • Mark S.

    Thanks Jeff for introducing me to this great find.
    A rugged and untamed world close by. Yeah!

    March 6, 2014

  • Jeff V.

    Quail Draw is a scenic canyon with vertical cliffs on both sides and a variety of terrain. Fossilized shells are imbedded in the rock at various places along the wash. In one spot we saw what first looked like a car bumper, but it was a large outcropping of glass-like material that was reflecting the sunlight. Along the way we saw tracks that must have been from some sort of rock crawler that had made it up the wash.

    A small dry fall at the planned climb out looked impassible, so we took an alternate route slightly further up the wash. By then we had already gained most of the altitude in the wash itself, so there was not much left at the climb out.

    We stopped for lunch at a high point that gave us a panoramic view of the surrounding area. From there we followed the road back to the cars. Some of the group took a slightly more direct route at one point while the leader was following the Sunshine Trail Road.

    I look forward to repeating the hike in the future.

    March 6, 2014

  • Jeff V.

    Update: I've been working with my Topo software and Google Earth to plan a route. Here is the proposed route:

    http://jvde.us/hiking/AzStrp_QuailDrawPlan.jpg

    It is just over 6 miles and about 800 feet vertical. It follows Quail Draw, and then does a climb out to follow what looks like an overland trail back to the cars.

    March 5, 2014

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