Hike up FS 192 B about 500 feet in elevation over the northern tail end of Hewitt Ridge. Drop down into Millsite Canyon about 700 feet in elevation to Maverick Camp. Return by same route for data given on this page. Alternative return routes might include Hewitt Ridge or the opposing ridge back to start for an off trail exploration.
No signs depict a trailhead or the start of this hike. Just jump on Forest Road 192 B and follow up over the northern subtle end of Hewitt Ridge. It's slightly steep in sections. Be careful not to slide backwards on the loose pea sized gravel. If you can get over the fact you're hiking a road you might enjoy the outstanding views of the rolling mountains.
It's about 1.1 miles to the old jeep route into Millsite Canyon. A flimsy fiberglass marker states no motorized travel beyond this point. However, Dr Jones could eye analyze the fresh tracks and quickly conclude many break this simple rule.
The route is wide for a trail but narrow and twisted for a road. Soon you'll pass a not so old Chevy lodged in the declining creek. Although low key, the canyon is anything but boring. A late morning start will still put you in pockets of shade. Traveling down, positive thoughts churn out a bit easier. It's nothing to loose sleep over but this classifies as a very nice hike. Running water in the creek would be the element for greatness. A golden autumn ending may get your bid in regardless.
This hike has similarities to White Canyon
& Quail Spring to Eagle Spring
in what I call "Crisp Clean Desert Flora & Fauna". The colors are so true it's just delightful. Breezes come to life whistling through the bushes. Birds chirping among the mesquite scrub and Arizona Bluebirds darting about create a sensational atmosphere.
For the purposes of the data represented on this page turn around in the area of Maverick Camp. It's likely you'll want to explore some on your own. Hunt down some rock art in the drainages or maybe take a side trip up to one of the Superstition Arches. - Dec 01 2003 joe bartels