Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Calloway Butte/Wilbur Canyon Day Hike
when October 14, 2023
when Clover Trip Report : August 3, 2019
where Mogollon Rim
the hike     Join me on a hike on the upper portion of the Mogollon Rim not too far from Strawberry, AZ beginning on forest service road FR 142. We will begin a rapid descent past a large ponderosa pine located in the middle of FR 142. Bark Juniper, Gambel Oak, and New Mexico Locust will immediately be spotted. When hiking two weeks ago a family of Javelina were immediately spotted close to the starting point. However, wild turkey, elk, and antelope are also in proximity. We will hike past FR 9267J on our left, past Clover Spring in Meadow Canyon, to New Tank, a watering hole for cattle and wildlife filled with a significant percentage of Smart Weed (has a minty smell when closely encountered). At the 2-mile junction Calloway Butte can be spotted to our right where we will hike past FR 142A on our left. Views of the Bradshaws, San Francisco Peaks, and the White Mountains will be to our right. In addition remnants of the Reservoir Fire (started in Pine, AZ by a careless camper during early summer) are present to the left.
    At the 3- mile junction we will make a left onto 142B hiking into Wilbur Canyon that is followed by another left at the intersection of FR 142B and FR9365F. The group will continue to an overlook in the West Clear Creek Wilderness area where portions of the Calloway Trail can be seen. We will stop for lunch. We will turn around and hike back towards the car hoping to see wildflowers such as Prairie Clover, Globe Mallow, Goldeneye, Red Hat Buckwheat, Penstemon, and others spotted in late September.
    Please bring raingear with you, since this is the last of monsoon season and intermittent rain showers are a very real possibility.
    Pace: Moderate pace. This hike is rocky in sections where hiking boots and sticks are highly recommended in addition to layered clothing because the conditions can be very windy. If you require a fast paced, highly aerobic workout, where your main goal is to get back to the car, this is not the hike for you!
distance 12 miles
time 6-7 hours
EC +-1,200' elevation change
elevations 5,608' to 6,212'
type round trip
starting at
On FR142. Park your car immediately in a flat area to the left Trailhead.
on trail 100% — Calloway Butte Trail, Wilbur Canyon Trail
rating "B+"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
dogs allowed no
weather Pine
leader    You must email the leader to confirm.
Limit 15 hikers
meet Meet at 7:00 AM in the parking lot of the McDonalds in the Tramonto Market Place at the intersection of I-17 and the Carefree Highway.
•  Take I-17 northbound. Turn right at the Camp Verde exit 287 onto AZ 260. Head apx 28.1 miles northbound to Mile Marker 245 (comes up suddenly). Proceed a quarter of a mile and turn left onto a paved road FR142. Park your car immediately in a flat area to the left. If you continue going straight, you will come upon a sharp rock-filled descent only suitable for jeeps and other high clearance vehicles.

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