Blue Ribbon - Sweetwater Loop
||7.2 mile (loop) - 3 Hour, 30 minutes (loop). Easy.
||3200 - 3650 feet
||All car, see below.
From the parking area, carefully cross the road and head west.
Cross the gate and follow the South Boundary Fire Road.
At the Blue Ribbon sign, head downhill on a hiking/horse trail.
This is chaparral and later the route follows a creek.
Follow the Merigan Fire Road (some maps call this the Japache Fire Road).
A fairly wide dirt road that's much more open.
A possible detour to a water catchment (often dry).
Take the Sweetwater Trail, a narrow trail uphill.
Complete the loop by following South Boundary Fire Road east.
The trail climbs a bit steeper and levels out at the Blue Ribbon junction.
The connector takes about 20 minutes one way.
How to get here:
Free: Park along the CA-79 at East Mesa trail head.
Without the connector park at the Japache/Meridan Fire Road.
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