Location : Freeman Trailhead South (NOBO Mile Marker 234.6)
Date: August 11th, 2018
Weather: Clear skies at the Trailhead, starting temperature 81 degrees and the turn 89 degrees.
Total Mileage Completed : 16.1 miles on AZT / Feet +(-) 1972, 4.6% grade
Hike Description: This hike started at the Freeman Trailhead on the north side of Freeman Road, east of highway 79 and south of Florence Arizona. After a long dirt road drive, you’ll find the clearly marked trailhead sign of the AZT. Freeman road goes through a number of dried wash beds. Not 100% sure we would have ventured down this road with rain in the forecast. A vehicle with 4 wheel drive might be recommended but not really necessary to get to this trailhead.
Starting out on an early Tuesday morning in August, Tom and I wanted to continue our Grand Canyon hike training with full sized packs a hot desert hike. Yes…. You heard that right, we wanted a hot, sunbaked hike. Then thinking, that we would for sure need the exposure in the GC, only a short week away. To our surprise, this hike, even in early August was not that hot. Don’t get me wrong, it was like 90 degrees and hot at the turn, but for the most part it was manageable and a little cool in the first 5-6 miles. The hike itself was also a little more hilly than I expected a desert hike to be, with a slight fish bowl elevation. Hiking down in elevation on the way out and back up hill on the trail back to the car. Not much exciting on this hike. Couple crazy cows and Arizona sun.