Phoenix: Blodgett Basin Trail

This little-used trail plunges 1,700 feet through wildflower country to a cool reward by West Clear Creek. Watch for cairns on this 6.8-mile hike to avoid involuntary bushwhacks.
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This little-used trail plunges 1,700 feet through wildflower country to a cool reward by West Clear Creek. Watch for cairns on this 6.8-mile hike to avoid involuntary bushwhacks.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.4

Waypoints

BBT001

Location: 34.5627937316894, -111.673233032227

Trailhead marked by a post and caged cairn; follow jeep road SW

BBT002

Location: 34.5587921142578, -111.678909301758

Turn L onto rough trail, leaving jeep road

BBT003

Location: 34.5570869445801, -111.680648803711

Rim of tank @ L offers beautiful views into desert riparian area

BBT004

Location: 34.5545845031738, -111.683135986328

R past fence; follow fence line

BBT005

Location: 34.5496864318848, -111.690032958984

Hop over barbed wire to continue along trail; hoodoos appear below @ L

BBT006

Location: 34.5452461242676, -111.693794250488

Creek comes into view as lush green line below

BBT007

Location: 34.546329498291, -111.69361114502

Trail descends through tight switchbacks

BBT008

Location: 34.542724609375, -111.697700500488

Pass through level area of high brush to approach creeklet ahead

BBT009

Location: 34.5416984558106, -111.699012756348

Faint trail follows ridge, paralleling creek on L

BBT010

Location: 34.5415191650391, -111.702346801758

Break in barbed wire marks the trail's route

BBT011

Location: 34.541072845459, -111.704551696777

Cross the wash to catch overgrown trail on the other side

BBT012

Location: 34.5403861999512, -111.704948425293

Trail register appears on R; cross road to cool down in West Clear Creek before backtracking to car