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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Barnhardt Canyon is a 6 mile round trip canyon trip with 2,000 feet elevation gain. Located 38 miles northeast of Scottsdale Arizona. Trailhead access is via a dirt road which is typically car accessible when dry. October and November are the best months to enjoy this activity. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.
Amazingly colorful and adventurous canyoneering route thru the main canyon of Barnhardt Canyon with half a dozen rappels up to 80ft, with loads of swimmers, down climbing & rock hopping on slippery rock...
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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.