Passage #26 - Hardscrabble Mesa
Length: 12.0 miles
Southern Trailhead: Twin Buttes
Northern Trailhead: Pine Trailhead
Trail Route Description: This passage begins on FR 194 near Twin Buttes. The route follows FR 194 for ~1.2 miles before turning right (southeast) onto a two-track running under a powerline. The route follows this rocky road in a southeast direction, then turns to the right onto FR 251 and veers away from the powerlines and then back towards them. The route turns to the south and descends to a barricaded gate, turns east past East Tank and through another barricaded gate. The trail descends past Ridge Tank and around to Oak Spring and a trail junction with Walnut Trail (#251). From here the trail climbs out of Oak Spring Canyon, runs more-or-less level for nearly a mile before descending past Bradshaw Tank to Pine Creek. A short ways downstream the trail heads east again and loops around to Highway 87. After crossing the highway it passes a resupply box near a fence corner and then quickly hits a junction (stay left through a heavy steel gate) and loop back to the Pine trailhead.
Season(s): All year. Snow can be present at higher elevations after winter storms and lower elevations can be quite warm in summer (current weather forecast)
Water: Water can usually be found at Oak Spring. Water can sometimes be found in some of the stock tanks along the route.
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