Passage 1C – Huachuca Mountains – Sunnyside Canyon to Bear Spring – Annual Maintenance Event 2019

We had 7 hearty souls who showed up for the Huachuca Mountains – Annual AZT Maintenance Event – Passage 1C to escape the heat for the weekend at the Miller Peak Wilderness in the Huachuca Mountains, one of the scenic Sky Islands of southern Arizona. This is the land of manzanita, oak, juniper, firs and pines with sweeping views across […]

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Passage 15 – Tortilla Mountains

The Arizona Trail Association, with Bureau of Land Management funding, just relocated 0.8 miles of the trail south of Florence.  The trail passed very close to a key water source which raised concerns from the grazing permittee, and BLM had committed to eventually moving the trail.  Environmental clearances were finished just days before the funding expired, so this week was […]

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Passage 17 – Alamo Canyon

Hikers reported trail damage at the wash crossing immediately south of Picketpost TH.  The creeks there flash flooded during summer storms, deepening the wash a couple feet or more, and creating a dangerous drop-off.  And not far away, the Forest Service needed help with a gate on the LOST relocation project in Arnett Canyon. With the drop in temperatures the crew […]

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Passage 28 – Happy Jack

Volunteers installed four of the iconic AZT steel gates on the north end of the project.  Forest closures threatened the effort but the crew was able to get the work done within the time allowed, although extra water and several fire extinguishers were added to the equipment list.  Six more gates are planned for this season but will have to wait […]

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Passage 28 – Happy Jack

Work resumed today on the Happy Jack Single Track project with installation of a kiosk at Gooseberry Spring TH, and relocation of the steel AZT Sign from Pine Spring TH to a new TH at Bargaman Park.  An ATA Volunteer Vacation completed 1.7 miles of new trail last season, and things are starting to roll for this season. The HJST […]

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Earth Day Trail Work in the Santa Ritas

We coordinated two trail work events in Southern Arizona to commemorate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, and to finish some much needed trail rehabilitation at Enzenberg Canyon in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains (AZT Passage 5). Saturday, April 21, we coordinated with a high school group from the Coronado Youth Corps (CYC) to repair a gate latch […]

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Passage 17 – Alamo Canyon

The Arizona Trail Association has two proven strategies for significant trail improvement—the “cast-of-thousands” one-time work event and multiple, regularly scheduled smaller events.  Mazatzal Mountains Regional Steward John Matteson organized the latter this year, taking on several tasks along the trail within the region but adventuring beyond as the opportunity arose.  A core group of volunteers joined in this year and […]

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Training the Next Generation of Trail Stewards

Coronado Youth Corps (CYC) is a paid trail internship program based in Tucson to engage high school age youth to maintain and improve the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT). American Conservation Experience (ACE) partnered with ATA to provide a special Trail Skills Institute class for 13 CYC members to learn about sustainable trail design and gain experience evaluating, maintaining, and […]

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Trail Skills Institute Module 1&2 – March 2018

The skills training offered by the ATA in partnership with American Conservation Experience (ACE) has become hugely popular, and many classes are selling out well in advance. Such was the case with the Module 1&2 training scheduled for Superior on March 17th. Fifteen volunteers gathered near the Picketpost Trailhead to learn about trail context, how to study the effect of […]

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Passage 25 – White Rock Mesa

Brandon N. of Scout Troop 938 in Surprise, AZ completed his Eagle Scout project today.  He organized a work event to replace the four deteriorated trail signs at Oak Spring.  ATA provided the signs and equipment and Brandon marshaled the forces needed for the work. The group met at the trailhead on Hard Scrabble Road, carefully sorted tools and gear […]

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Passage 26 – Highline Trail

Colonel Devin Rehab Project-The Last Hurrah! Several years ago Arizona Trail Association embarked on an ambitious project to realign the trail off a utility road to a scenic walk through the woods. A great deal of preparation and back office work came to fruition in 2017 with a nice grant through Arizona State Parks and enthusiastic support from volunteers. The project […]

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Spring Steward Conference 2018

Our Spring Steward Conference was a great success. Eighteen stewards from all over Arizona gathered at Colossal Cave Mountain Park in Vail to celebrate stewardship and learn from local experts. The training included a half-day first aid session taught by Todd Nardi; Aaron Seifert presenting on the GIS maps available to Stewards; and an overview of the Temporal Gulch Reroute […]

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Passage 13 – Oracle

It’s fun to build new trail, especially when recent rains have softened the desert floor! Nineteen SaddleBrooke hikers braved 30-40 degree temperatures to develop a more user friendly re-route of the Oracle Passage of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Teams dug out shrubs and smoothed the trail tread for a better hiking, biking and equestrian experience. SaddleBrooke hikers cheered a […]

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Passage 13 – Oracle

January 17, 2018 Nineteen intrepid SaddleBrooke hikers braved a chilly morning to improve trails in Oracle State Park. A special effort was made to clear the trails of sticker bushes and obstacles for runners participating in the upcoming Oracle Rumble for the benefit the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Lots of excellent work was accomplished in 3 hours, with one group […]

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Passage 13 – Oracle

November 15, 2017 The Saddlebrooke Hiking Club hosted their regular third-Wednesday trail maintenance day with Ray Peale and Wendy Lotze leading teams clearing brush and repairing drains near the American Flag Trailhead. Ample summer rains afforded the thorny and prickly desert vegetation plenty of opportunity to grow into the trail corridor, and this team attacked it with vigor, making it […]

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Passage 17 – Alamo Canyon

November 10-12, 2017 Over Veteran’s Day weekend, the Arizona Backpacking Club and other volunteers were supported by the M&F Jeepers in their maintenance of Passage 17a near Superior. The jeep club donates their time, gas and rubber to transport food, water and tools to the volunteers, who hiked the 9 trail miles in to basecamp. The jeep group also stocked […]

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Passage 18 – Reavis Canyon

November 7, 2017 One of the Arizona Trail Association’s standing goals is to remove the trail from two-track roads where possible. HAZ maps (well, really any version of the topo maps, but I get mine on HAZ) revealed a low-hanging-fruit option — the old Reavis Trail south from Rogers Trough TH. This half-mile route appears on older topo maps and […]

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Passage 28 – Happy Jack

November 5, 2017 An intimate crew of four worked to complete the 1.6 mile reroute started by the Volunteer Vacation team in October. Approximately ¼ mile of trail needed to be cleared in order to abandon the old trail which primarily followed an eroded forest road. Using a power trimmer, picks, hoes and sheer stubbornness the team scratched the trail […]

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Passage 29 – Mormon Lake

November 4, 2017 Volunteers joined Zach McDonald and Wendy Lotze on the Mormon Lake passage to repair tread on the climb out of Double Springs Campground. While it was still roasting down in the desert lands, the pines were cool and comfortable as the group worked on a half mile of trail between the campground and the Lakeview Trail junction. […]

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Passage 13 – Oracle

October 18, 2017 Summer rains bring overgrowth, especially catclaw bushes, on the Oracle Passage of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Catclaw thorns draw blood when hikers get too close. Sixteen members of the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club mounted an assault on the extensive catclaw bushes threatening hikers on a portion of the Oracle Passage. The battle with the catclaw bushes is […]

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Passage 12 – Oracle Ridge

October 15, 2017 Summit Hut and the Tucson Backpackers held an event on the passage 12a, clearing brush from the trail near the Control Road parking lot. This portion of trail has been impacted by multiple fires over the last 15 years, and the regrowth of plants like oak, locust and ceanothus is aggressive. Volunteers armed with loppers, saws and […]

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