Overview: A loop hike through volcanic rock formations and amazing cactus gardens. You begin and end your hike in a wonderland of hole-filled volcanic ash deposits after circling a volcanic butte. Dense gardens of barrel and hedgehog cactus abound in the shallow soils, especially on the eastern and western slopes of Barber Peak. The hike ends with a steep climb through Banshee Canyon, so named for the sound the wind makes when it howls through this narrow canyon. Recommended direction of travel: anti-clockwise.
Warning: Banshee Canyon has some steep, narrow shoots where metal ring have been mounted into the rock to climb up. The rings are sturdy, but require care when climbing. A wide pack will not fit through the tight spots.
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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.