Leader: Phillip Roullard
$45 / $35 for ABF Members
Join us on a strenuous hike to the first palm grove of Flat Cat Canyon, located just north of Hellhole Canyon. Enjoy the rugged desert habitat and keep your fingers crossed for the possibility of seeing bighorn sheep as you go up in elevation. The hike starts out across an alluvial fan to the mouth of Flat Cat. Once in the canyon, you’ll walk along a sandy wash, boulder hop, and wade your way through vegetation until you reach a native grove of California fan palms.
Hike Length: 5 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain/loss of 1,800 feet.
Physical Difficulty: This is an extremely strenuous hike which involves significant elevation gain in a short distance. There is no well-defined trail. All participants should be experienced hikers, accustomed to full-day strenuous hikes that involve cross-country travel and boulder hopping. This is a rugged hike and not recommended for first-time or casual hikers. Please conduct an honest self-assessment of your physical condition and cardiovascular health.
Meet: Hellhole Canyon Trailhead parking area, near the bottom of Montezuma Grade off Hwy S22
Bring: Several liters of water, lunch and snacks, sunscreen, hat, comfortable hiking pants, sturdy hiking shoes/boots, sunglasses, camera.
About the Leader
Phil Roullard has been hiking for 40 years and carries his camera equipment with him on every hike. As a result of photographing plants and wildlife, he has learned to identify many of his subjects. Phil worked as an environmental services intern for state parks for 11 years, restoring and revegetating parts of Border Field State Park. Phil is a veteran sheep counter who has volunteered for the annual Bighorn Sheep Count in ABDSP for 25 years.