Passage #15 - Tortilla Mountains
Length: 28.4 miles
Southern Trailhead: Freeman Road Trailhead
Northern Trailhead: Kelvin-Riverside Bridge
Trail Route Description: From the Freeman Road Trailhead the route follows sinuous singletrack and occasional doubletrack roads through a remote corner of Arizona. It goes under some high-tension powerlines, crosses two two-track roads and then crosses a gasline road. It then turns to the west, crosses a large wash and begins following a fenceline. After going through a gate the trail turns to the northwest and passes by a large pile of erratic granite boulders. From here the trail continues through the desert, crossing several washes, another road and gate, just above Tecolote Ranch Road. After crossing this road the trail keeps to the north, crosses under powerlines and joins a road. It follows this road for almost 2 miles and then heads overland before joining another road. From here the trail turns north, passes several road junctions and climbs to a gate on a hill. The trail descends down the northeast side of this hill and then follows a drainage to a road. After leaving the road the trail descends down to Ripsey Wash, follows it for a ways and then turns into a side canyon and begins climbing up the Big Hill. After switchbacking around the hill the trail heads north-northwest along a ridgeline. It turns to the east and then back due north, and then starts a long descent. After crossing several washes the trail reaches the Florence-Kelvin Trailhead. It crosses the highway and heads in a north-northeast direction. After crossing a large wash it curves around and down to the Kelvin Bridge and the Gila River.
Season(s): Fall, Winter and Spring (current weather forecast)
Water: Water sources are very limited along this passage. Plan to bring your own water. All man made waters tanks and sources can only be used with the consent of the owner.
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