Summary: This is Passage 2 of the roughly 800 mile Arizona Trail (AZT). All passages of the AZT are point to point, meaning you will probably need to make transportation arrangements for insertion and or extraction. GPS is highly recommended. Naturally occurring water is the exception not the norm. Some passages can be done in a day, most require overnight backpacking planning. Be prepared and plan ahead: http://www.aztrail.org/
AZT Passage 2 - Canelo Hills East is a great passage of the AZT. Starting just over a mile from Parker Canyon Lake, this passage takes you up and down the rugged cinnamon colored hills of this part of Arizona. Clear water flows through Parker Canyon Creek most of the year but be prepared to pack all your water needs from the start of the trail. Illegal immigration is a concern too, there are a few "wildcat" trails that can be misleading, always recheck map/compass/GPS. This passage terminates where it crosses FR 799 - the Trailhead of AZT Passage 3.
Trailhead: From Tucson take Interstate 10 East for about 20 miles to exit 281 to merge onto AZ-83 Sonoita Highway. Follow AZ-83 for 53.6 miles as it heads for Parker Canyon Lake. Just before reaching the lake, there is an Arizona Trail sign indicating to turn left onto a dirt road. Continue to follow the AZT signs for about half a mile to the trailhead. (Lat:31.42004 Lon:-110.44286)
Trail Guides for Arizona Trail Passage 2 - Canelo Hills East:
Arizona Trail THE OFFICIAL GUIDE
by Tom Lorang Jones and The Arizona Trail Association (Westcliffe Publishers)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Sierra Vista Ranger District (520) 378-0311
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeff Branscum, who has posted 27 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Sirena on 2/15/2010
I would recommend the use of a GPS on this part of the Arizona Trail. A lot of times, you will be confronted with several trails: a cow path, an illegal path, and the actual AZT. Most times the AZT is the least used. Great views from this passage's high points- to avoid run-ins with illegal immigrants or drug smugglers, camp well away from the trail and on ridges rather than in canyons. You can get GPS coordinates for this trail by joining the Arizona Trail Association at www.aztrail.org
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