Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
when December 12, 2023 Tuesday
when Trip Report : Febuary 21, 2023
when Trip Report : March 1, 2022
where Bartlett Lake
the kayak     We’ll meet at the SB Cove area (see map) and launch our kayaks off the beach. From there we’ll start paddling south on the lake toward Bartlett Dam, keeping close to the shoreline.
    We’ll continue paddling along the west shore of the lake for about three miles until we see an elevated picnic site and campground to our right as we get within site of the dam. We’ll beach our kayaks here and walk up a flight of stairs to a large, covered picnic ramada. Restrooms are located adjacent to the ramada.
    Please be advised that we may have to postpone this trip due to unfavorable weather conditions, especially high winds on the lake.
•  Life vest
•  At least 1 liter of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 5-6 miles
time 4 to 4 hours, with rest breaks, a lunch stop, and photo ops.
EC None
elevations 1,600 feet
type Round trip
starting at SB Cove area.
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost You will need a Tonto Pass or National Park Pass to park in the SB Cove parking lot of Bartlett Lake. Be sure to display your pass on a hang tag or place it on your dashboard. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Cave Creek
leader    Email the leader to confirm.
meet 9:00 AM SB Cove area.
From the north valley:
•  Take SR 51 north to Loop 101 East.
Continue eastbound on Loop 101 for 6 miles to N Pima Road.
From the east valley:
•  Take Loop 101 northbound and exit at N. Pima Road.
From both areas:
•  Drive north on N. Pima Road for about 12 miles to E. Cave Creek Road.
Turn right on E. Cave Creek Road and continue driving for about 4 miles to Bartlett Dam Road (FR 19).
Turn right on Bartlett Dam Road and continue driving east for 12.5 miles to a T-junction with North Lake Road.
At the junction make a left turn onto N. Lake Road (FR 459).
Drive NE on North Lake Road for 4 miles to SB Cove.
At SB Cove, drive onto the large dirt/gravel area adjacent to the lake and park there, away from any campers on the beach. Leave your Tonto Pass in plain view. The beach here is shallow gravel and ideal for launching a kayak.
Restrooms are located a short walk away from the lake in a large grove of trees.

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