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Babe's Hole Spring Canyon, AZ

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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,608 feet
Elevation Gain -1,510 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3-6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.55
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Seasonal Waterfall
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Little LO Spring Canyon
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Sun  7:05am - 5:20pm
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Kelsey Springs Trail #3
0.0 mi away
5.3 mi
941 ft
Kelsey & Little LO Trails
Kelsey & Little LO Trails
0.0 mi away
3.0 mi
-1,500 ft
Little LO Spring Canyon
Little LO Spring Canyon
0.8 mi away
6.2 mi
1,800 ft
Little LO Trail #6
1.1 mi away
0.9 mi
875 ft
Dorsey Spring Trail #7
1.3 mi away
2.5 mi
158 ft
Hog Hill Trail #133
Hog Hill Trail #133
1.4 mi away
2.3 mi
171 ft
Winter Cabin Canyon
Winter Cabin Canyon
3.6 mi away
10.7 mi
2,450 ft
Winter Cabin Trail #70
Winter Cabin Trail #70
3.6 mi away
5.5 mi
2,341 ft
Ott Lake Trail #70B
3.7 mi away
0.2 mi
37 ft
Sycamore Basin Trail #63
Sycamore Basin Trail #63
4.3 mi away
11.2 mi
1,029 ft
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Brisk but a Steep Kick in the Pants
by SparkyJackie

Overview: Class 3 canyon that is a very short tributary of Little LO Spring Canyon and contains 4 official rappels, one is up to 35'.

Warning: This is a technical canyon, you will need a full set of canyoneering gear (1x100ft rope, 30' webbing, 4 rap rings, harness, descender, helmet, and carabiners). This is a short and fun canyon great for beginners but please never go into a canyon without an experienced leader. Though it's short, an easy trip can always turn into a disaster if the unexpected happens. In the summer a wetsuit is not required for this canyon, the water is very warm. All ropes pulled easily, I had a backup but it was not necessary, bring one if you choose


DANGER: ALWAYS CHECK THE WEATHER BEFORE HEADING INTO A CANYON, DON'T PUT YOURSELF AT RISK OF A FLASH FLOOD!

Hike: From Kelsey Spring Trailhead descend down into the canyon a few short but steep switchbacks. The trail then levels out, still descending but more moderately. After about 10 minutes you will arrive at the Kelsey spring, A piped spring and an old steel tank, which are about 15 feet off the trail to the right in a lush grassy area. The trail bends left and continues through the forest. Within a few more minutes you will come across a dry streambed filled with dark-gray boulders

This is where you leave the trail, rock hopping downstream. It's very scenic due to a few very small springs popping out of the ground here and there.

After about 30-45 minutes you will reach a 15' drop off with your options being to rappel or down climb into the canyon. Looking down canyon, on your left is a large tree with webbing. Once down this rappel do not coil up your rope for there is a 35' drop into the main canyon. This area was wet and slick with running water from above as we rappelled it. It gave a very tropical feeling with all the green lichen and water. After walking a few more feet down the canyon we came across a 25' chute that was also very slick with water so we rappelled this rather than down climbing.

Keep walking down canyon, you'll soon be faced with a long down climb, if you're not comfortable with your skills look for webbing because this is also set as a rappel. Next you'll come across a 20' drop, from a tree on canyon left. Following this you'll encounter a large chokestone that forms a 10-foot drop off, a belay may be required but even our worst climber in the group made is safely on their own.

A very short walk will bring you to the drainage of Little LO Spring Canyon near it's confluence with Sycamore Canyon. We basked in the sun for a brief moment to eat a snack and then headed out. Following Little LO we had one deep wader, then we were walking the shallow creek until we saw a pile of white rocks forming a cairn on canyon left. On the way up you'll encounter Babe's Hole Spring, with a sign and a scuba mask. The hike up is well defined and gradually gets steeper as you near the top.

Personal Note: This was a very fun short trip, would definitely bring beginners here or hit it up when itching to get out and adventure with only a limited amount of time available.

SparkyJackie
    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.

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    Located South of Flagstaff in the Coconino National Forest. From Phoenix, take i-17 north to Flagstaff. Turn left onto Route 66 and turn left onto Woody Mountain Road following the signs for the arboretum. Woody Mountain Rod which is FR 253 crosses over Highway 40 and after 1 mile becomes well-graded dirt. Drive for 13 miles then turn right on FR 538. Another 5.5 miles will bring you to an intersection and sign pointed right for Dorsey Spring Trail. turn right, cross a cattle guard, and follow this bumpy dirt road 1.5 miles to a left-branching road and sign for the Kelsey Spring Trail. Turn left and drive the remaining .5 mile to the trailhead.
    page created by SparkyJackie on Aug 11 2010 12:26 am
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