Today’s hike takes me to Flat Top Mountain, near Springerville, AZ. It also happens to be known by the SOTA community as W7A/AP-033. I begrudgingly got up at 0630 to head out. In retrospect I should have loaded up earlier. Jeanette was going with me today as it’s a good hike and near her folks place. (HERE is our route that we took which was 7.8 miles round trip and 935 elevation gain. Not bad really.)
The trail head is about 25 minutes from the SOC (SOTA Operations Center, AKA my villa or cabin) and well marked. We put on our packs and headed out for the hike on a warm clear monring. With all the rain the area is looking really nice. The trail goes up the Murray Basin / Saffel Canyon and then branches off to the south west up Flat Top trail. The mountain has verticals cliffs around 2/3rds of it so you have to walk around to the back side, up a saddle and then up that ridge to get to the top. The last mile has about half of the 935 feet of elevation gain so it’s not really that bad. It’s rocky terrain mixed with areas of sandy loamy earth. It’s a nice trail.