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Clover Canyon - Sierra Ancha, 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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Distance Round Trip 2.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,942 feet
Elevation Gain -450 feet
Accumulated Gain 992 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 7.76
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Historic, Seasonal Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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39  2011-07-02 Grasshopper
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2  2011-06-23 Grasshopper
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   Apr, May, Oct, Nov
Sun  6:12am - 6:23pm
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Overview: Located adjacent to the "Rock Creek Cabin" hike description and passing by this historic late 19th century log cabin, this seldom visited, remote, heavy vegetation-riparian canyon with some Class 1 & 2 rock climbing for this hike description's ~.50ml "one way" distance up canyon could possibly be navigated to its 2.4 mile upper end at its intersection with old abandoned ranching road FR1941.

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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.

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Clover Canyon - Sierra Ancha
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Our second time to this remote Sierra Ancha Mtns primo area southwest of Young, AZ, and the first time up this seldom traveled canyon that with a welcomed afternoon monsoon storm to cool things off, proved to be a fun and interesting riparian canyon to scramble up with numerous pools and manageable water fall areas to enjoy.

We left my place in south Scottsdale at 6:35am with a one way drive to the TH of 140 miles in my open air Grasshopper on our hottest summer day and night yet. We began our hike at 10:30am and I arrived back home at 1:AM the next day :o The late arrival back was partially due to our previous plans to spend the entire day soaking in the remoteness of this area, soaking in riparian-perennial Rock Creek, and taking in the history of this area- Rock Creek Cabin and the Rock Creek "Rose Tungsten Mines" with an open 40ft lower adit (where 3-4 total upper/lower 30'to 40'adits produced a few tons of concentrated tungsten from 1937-1958).

A very rewarding and long day it was with a few trials and tribulations along the way. On our way back, fifteen minutes before dark, I had an unexpected flat tire on Hwy 288 by Armer Mountain which took forever to change-out to my spare. Dinner at Judy's Cook House in Globe at 10:45pm and a more than brutal drive back from Superior to home in the night heat and dust :sweat: topped-off with an unexpected stop two miles from home at 12:45am by a motorcycle patrol officer who claimed I was driving on the freeway shoulder lane.. :? After he discovered we had 12 empty water bottles tossed in the back of my Jeep and another two full water bottles within reach, he moved on.. :D

Please Note: View pic.. caption comments and tagged notes prior-to attempting a drive across Rock Creek from the recommended TH Start.

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Map Drive
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From the Phoenix area: Hwy 60 to Globe to Hwy 188 to Hwy 288 to intersection of Hwy 288/FR486; High Clearance OK when dry on FR486 to unmarked intersection at FR485 with high clearance 4x4 required from this intersection; FR485 to end at TH/Park--> N34.03963 W-111.07425; (For your reference and download see posted GPS Track Driving Route "to" TH/Parking "from" Hwy 288/FR486 intersection);
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