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San Carlos River at Warm Springs Flat, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Globe > Globe NE
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance One Way 2.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,338 feet
Elevation Gain -720 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 3.8
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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8  2018-02-10 The_N
16  2016-09-23 skatchkins
9  2016-05-01 MountainMatt
11  2014-07-04 skatchkins
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6  2010-05-01 joebartels
5  2010-05-01 ssk44
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Reservation San Carlos
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Sun  6:06am - 6:25pm
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Crystal's Secret Gorge
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Overview: The Lost World... Absolutely amazing destination, located deep within the San Carlos Indian Reservation. Truly a hikers playground with a gorgeous river canyon, numerous large waterfalls, deep-water swimming holes, alcoves, a 3C technical slot segment (can be bypassed), and a beautiful large grotto area. Enjoy!

Destination Overlook: Lat. 33 degrees/26'/37.17"/N & Long. 110 degrees/16'/12.15"/W

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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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.

Most recent Triplog Reviews
San Carlos River at Warm Springs Flat
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(Lower Canyon)

I asked Joe if he would be interested in joining me on this return trip. I didn't have to twist his arm much. We had a great day of exploration at a truly awesome backcountry destination.

I'm glad you could make it, Joe! I thoroughly enjoyed your company.

PS... And yes, the rice was horrible.
San Carlos River at Warm Springs Flat
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Finally got to meet Eric! We went back to his recent adventure to Crystal Falls or whatever you like to call it. You hike about two miles across a field of plants that look like lupine with beans? It's pretty flat loosing maybe 200ft. Then you zig down to the San Carlos river about 500ft below a questionable rock art display. It's pretty steep, yet the footing isn't too bad. Shorts are fine for this trip unless you really like pants.

Down at the playground, the highest waterfall is nice. The twisting, multi-tiered, multi-directional flow one a short distance down is the main attraction. You'll need to see it in person to fully appreciate. I found out my camera exposure dial was cranked to over exposure so none of the money shots came out. Gee darn - gotta come back

The water below the tiered falls is deep and incredibly clear. I almost jumped in before common sense kicked in that I'd freeze to death. It's very inviting! Next we headed down canyon to another section of falls. These low and wide falls probably see few visitors. Eric found some nice photo locations while I'll napped on the rocks. Fraley finally unleashed the clouds and it got chilly with a brisk breeze. We headed home.

Stopped at Burger House in Globe. The tacos are good albeit small portion. Do not eat the rice unless you love grits.

This is the tenth hike after the leg issue. It's tight from yesterdays hike but I couldn't pass up this opportunity! An hour into the hike it loosened up. Eight hours now after the hike it's tight again.

Permit $$
San Carlos Indian Reservation Recreation Permit required.
Price, info & locations at San Carlos - Permits

Map Drive
High Clearance possible when dry

To hike
From Globe (junction at US60), drive southeast along US70 approximately 24.2 miles to SC-8. SC-8 to Point of Pines is a paved highway. There are NO services of any kind at Point of Pines. Drive northeast along SC-8 for approximately 15 miles to SC-5. The remainder of the drive is gravel/dirt. If it is raining, be prepared for horrendous mud. Drive along SC-5 for approximately 6.7 miles to the designated trailhead (Lat. 33 degrees/27'/51.76"/N & Long. 110 degrees/14'/30.78"/W). WARNING: This is a very remote location with no cell phone signal. Use caution and discretion during ALL activities. You're on your own!
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