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Difficulty 3.5    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 7.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,360 feet
Elevation Gain -730 feet
Accumulated Gain 835 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5-6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.48
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
Course Lasso-Loop Hike
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.. Remote-Rugged-Scenic Canyon Adventure ..
by Grasshopper

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Overview: This "SW Approach FR319" hiking route into the upper White Canyon Wilderness and the remote upper White Canyon scenic rim area is an excellent alternate hike choice to the posted HAZ "White Canyon" canyoneering hike description for those qualified who enjoy this remote type of off-trail adventure. The first 2.7 hiking miles in (with .8 of 2.7mls on 4WD FR2260) is mostly along a primitive hiker/hunter/animal use route within the most upper White Canyon drainage. This route is rock cairned as of this writing with minor overgrowth and minimal bushwhacking required. The balance of the required 1.5 mile hike-in off trail section to reach the various eleven (11) scenic waypoint listed upper White Canyon "overlooks" requires steady attention to your hiking route. It is highly recommended that you download and follow the "official" 2/15/12 GPS Route posted to this hike description which also includes all key waypoints for this hike.

History: In 1990 5,800 acres were set aside seven to ten miles south of Superior. The White Canyon Wilderness was formed.

Warning: This area is more safely hiked during the early winter to early spring Arizona months due to a general lack of tree and shade cover once in past the 2.7 mile mark. Also, highpoint for this hike at the various upper White Canyon rim overlooks is a maximum of ~3500 feet elevation.

Hike: From the recommended Park/TH Start location near the end of FR319, the first 2.7 hiking miles in (with .8 of 2.7mls on 4WD FR2260) is mostly along a primitive hiker/hunter/animal use route within the most upper White Canyon drainage. This route is rock cairned as of this writing with minor overgrowth and minimal bushwhacking required. The balance of the required 1.5 mile hike-in off trail section to reach the various eleven (11) scenic waypoint listed upper White Canyon "overlooks" requires steady attention to your hiking route. It is highly recommended that you download and follow the "official" 2/15/12 GPS Route posted to this hike description which also includes all key reference waypoints for this hike.

The best visual and descriptive explanation for this hike description's 4.2 mile hike in is via reviewing the author's 2/15/12 geocoded photoset with detailed captions and tag notes. At this 4.2 mile hike in location (GPS Route ending point), it is recommended rather than backtrack your route in, that at this 4.2 mile ending waypoint location (N33.185883 W111.094491), you hike NE then north first downloading then following the "red" colored GPS Route in this map (following this "red" 2/12/11 actual GPS Route will take you .4 miles north to connect with your original hiking route in at the 2.7 mile mark N33.190808 W111.091281). From here you continue hiking east then NE following your previous hiking route in via the upper White Canyon drainage.

Water Sources: At the end of FR2260 resides perennial "White Water Spring" plus at least one additional perennial unnamed spring along the hiking route within upper White Canyon. (click on pic geocode location for waypoint details).

Camping: Primitive backpacking campsites are most likely available for setup along this hiking route in but as of this writing, the author does not recall passing any previously established backpack campsites. There is an excellent open area tent camp/car camp (via 4WD vehicle) very close to the end of FR2260 near perennial White Water Spring. (click on pic geocode location for waypoint details).

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    Directions Preferred Months Dec Feb Mar Apr
    Water / Source:Two Perennial Springs + Seasonal Creeks
    Preferred Start8 AM Cell Phone SignalHigh Points Sunrise5:55am Sunset6:56pm
    Road / VehicleHigh Clearance possible when dry
    Fees / Permit
    None

    Forest
    Tonto Pass is a forest wide permit for recreational sites and campgrounds. Typically not for trailheads.

    Directions
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    To hike
    From the Phoenix area: Hwy 60 east to Superior,AZ; From Superior, Hwy 177 south to easy to miss intersection with FR319 at waypoint coordinate N33.21487 W111.06485; Right turn (west) onto FR319 and download-follow the above posted "Drive to White Cyn Upr Hike - via FR319" (~.84mls in from Hwy177) at intersection of FR319/FR2260(not signed);

    Please note: As of this writing, driving past this above recommended FR319 Park/TH Start by continuing on FR2260 to its +.8 mile end near perennial White Water Spring, is only recommended with a 4WD vehicle with high clearance and upgraded LT type off-road tires;
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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
    page created by Grasshopper on Feb 22 2012 11:01 am
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