Location : Freeman Road Trail head (NOBO Mile Marker 234.6)
Weather: Clear skies, no clouds, extremely windy, starting temperature 42 degrees and the turn 69 degrees.
Total Mileage Completed : 24.3 on AZT
Hike Description: This hike started at the Freeman Road Trail head outside of Florence Arizona – Elevation 4016ft and was a 24.3 mile out and back hike. Elevation gain / loss 1430ft.
Comments: Setting out early on the morning of November 13th, we reach the trail head as the sun was just breaking over the east horizon. Chilly and windy, Tom and I set out on one of the flattest sections of the AZT. This hike is best clearly done in the winter time. No shade at all and even with no clouds, we never felt the sun’s heat and pushed a “Jim & Tom” record breaking hike pace. The total 24.3 miles only took us 7 hours and that was with a 30 minute lunch break and a couple hike pauses. We were really moving for a couple old guys. Pushing over 3.5 mph and I would have to say a pace that will most like ever be achieved again from us. 🙂
If you are looking for a good fast paced, flat, wide open AZT hike that is a pretty easy dirt road drive to the trail head, this one is it. There were a couple cool rock formations, but otherwise boring desert. Small little uphill climb close to the turnaround and some rocky power line roads. Oh…. and a couple cows.