Ballantine Trail 283

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The northwest end of the trail passes through the diverse Sonoran Desert. The trail through Ballantine Canyon passes interesting tan sandstone rock formations. A good portion of Ballantine Canyon offers examples of desert riparian areas. Once the trail leaves the canyon; trail users can turn and view the beauty of Ballantine Canyon.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Use of any mechanized or motorized travel is prohibited on this trail. No more than 15 people are allowed to be in a group. No more than 15 head of livestock are allowed in a group. Hikers, yield the right of way to trail stock. Primitive trail -- difficult to follow in places. If you PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT!! Carry an adequate supply of drinking water. One gallon per person per day is recommended during hot periods. Do not drink untreated water. Giardia, a protozoan, is in many water impoundments and streams. Caution: Portions of the trail pass through sandstone switchbacks; strict attention to footing should be paid to avoid injuries.



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Horse Riding & Camping

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Horse Riding

From the Ballantine Trailhead (TH), follow the north portion of Pine Creek Loop Trail to the junction with Ballantine Trail. The northwest end of Ballantine starts at this junction and climbs upwards into Ballantine Canyon. Once the trail leaves the canyon, it passes to the east of Pine Mountain at an elevation of 5,800 feet. At this point the trail becomes more difficult to follow and strict attention should be paid. Once past Pine Mountain, the trail descends to 4,200 feet at Cline TH.
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult
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  Area/Length : 
10 miles

  Elevation : 
Northwest end: (2,520 feet elevation): at PineCreek Loop Trail 280.Southeast end: (4,200 feet elevat - 4,200 feet