Passage #5 - Santa Rita Mountains
Length: 13.5 miles
Southern Trailhead: Gardner Canyon Road
Northern Trailhead: Oak Tree Canyon
Trail Route Description: This passage begins on Gardner Canyon Road, just west of Gardner Canyon Trailhead. The route passes the trailhead, heads over to Cave Creek, descends into Fish Canyon and then heads northwest to Kentucky Camp. See the Friends of Kentucky Camp website below for the rich history of this intriguing site along the AZT. It goes through the camp area, follows the Kentucky Camp Road and then works its way up Sucker Gulch. It goes past Granite Mountain, through Ophir Gulch and then turns on to FR 165. It descends to Enzenberg Canyon, climbs up to a road, crosses California Gulch and then crosses FR 62. After a couple of small ridges the trail reaches the upper end of Oak Tree Canyon. It follows this canyon down to a point about 3/4 mile from Highway 83.
Season(s): Fall, Winter and Spring (current weather forecast)
Water: Water is usually available at Kentucky Camp. Water may sometimes be found in several stock ponds along the route including one on FR 165 and one near the north end of the passage.
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