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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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