The Shovel Trail

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The Shovel Trail is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Madera Canyon, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4304 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

hiking
7 months ago

I did this hike a few years ago, and it was a tough hike. I may not have the exact path here as some of it is on trails that people have made. My Garmin read 8 miles for this total. From the parking lot, you take the super trail until you cross the creek, and then a short distance after is the cutoff on the left, not signed, to what is called the pipeline trail. This is a well walked trail and takes you to the springs trail. Which is an old access road actually. From that jct., you head up that creek drainage until you get to another jct. that cuts back to the left. You have to be looking for it or you'll go right by. Probably a half mile from the springs jct. This will take you to Rodgers Rock. From Rodgers Rock, there is a use trail that someone started that goes up a steep ridge and connects to the springs trail again, but you will bear right. The ridge from Rodgers is the toughest section. Now you are on the trail to Armour springs. This section is a little overgrown due to the fact it is not used by many. It will take you to a saddle which has been given the name The Shovel. Lots of new ponderosas growing since the fire in 05'. This is right below the burned out saddle that is along the crest trail. This would be a great spot to camp as it is wide open with lots of places you could pitch a tent. So this is for the adventurous as it involves a little of everything!!