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The Rincon - White Canyon Wilderness, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance One Way 3.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,622 feet
Elevation Gain 1,340 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,890 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 9.6
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
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11  2019-03-20
The Rincon Rim
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Battle Axe-White Canyon Area
32  2019-03-20 Grasshopper
50  2015-10-31
The Rincon Battle Axe Butte Loop
29  2010-12-18 ssk44
5  2010-10-13 ssk44
10  2005-12-27 Desrat3635
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Dramatic off-trail ridgeline hike with rugged terrain and striking views. The entire route stays within the White Canyon Wilderness.

The last half-mile of this hike involves extreme terrain that demands respect and caution. 100-200 foot blind cliffs, overhanging fragmented edges, jagged ravines, narrow gullies, and loose shale are present. Poor judgment could result in death.

F-100F Accident Report Download 7.2mb pdf

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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 Review
The Rincon - White Canyon Wilderness
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The Rincon

This is an awesome backcountry destination. What a blast! This trip may have been the highlight of 2010 for me. It must be seen in person to appreciate. Photos don't do it. The views were incredible along the entire route and the obstacles never disappointed. The severity of terrain heading out onto the far west edge was shocking. Some of the ravines and cliff faces are literally frightening. I peeked over some jagged edges that made me ill. Heavily fragmented rock only added to the caution level. The warning on the main hike page is not exaggerated. Staying on the primary route is very important. We were not able to complete the final 100 yards due to a nasty fissure slicing across the narrow ridgeline. The outer point stood there mocking us! I felt like I was kicked in the nuts. We were able to crawl down into the fissure, but determined that the blind crumbly return route was not an option. The cost of admission was too high. I don't want to say it was impossible, it was just more then we were comfortable with. Just reaching our turn around point was no picnic. I think our fried nerves helped persuade us to turn back. We backtracked up onto a rocky outcropping, and enjoyed a well-deserved lunch break.

An added bonus to this day was walking up on an old jet crash. It was so eerie to explore the debris field. Pieces were thrown across a huge area. Our combined Internet research came up with nothing specific regarding this site. My friend found an article about a T-37B trainer jet that went down near North Butte, which by coincidence is directly nearby. I found an HAZ forum post by Nighthiker that spoke of a T-38 trainer jet crash in the White Canyon Wilderness, however no internet blogs or articles revealed any specifics. Nighthiker had not personally visited the site, but knew of the event. We could only find one engine at the crash site. The T-38 is a likely candidate due to being a single engine plane. I'm hoping my fellow HAZ members can provide some additional info and feedback because I've reached a dead end at this point.

Crash Site Coordinates: Lat. 33 Degrees/09'/34.81"/N & Long. 111 Degrees/07'/16.24"/W

Note: The current road conditions accessing the White Canyon Wilderness area, including "The Rincon" are very good at this time. A local rancher has repaired the entire road that passes through the area. Four-wheel drive is still recommended for reaching "The Rincon" trailhead. Most stock four-wheel drive vehicles are sufficient.

Update (12/20/2010)

Plane: F-100F Super Sabre Fighter (Hun)
Accident Date: April 4th, 1960
Occupants: Capt. Robert C. Vickery & 2nd Lt. Terrel F. Johnson (Both Ejected & Survived)
Airfield Of Last Takeoff: Williams AFB

See Attached Accident Report

Special thanks to Chris B. ( & Craig Fuller ( for providing this data.


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Mesa - US60 - Superior - Highway 177 - Battle Axe Road - White Canyon - Unnamed 4x4 Road - Destination (Saddle)
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