Small Canyon - Small Rewards
Overview: Peart Canyon is the small canyon that debouches into the Casa Grande Valley near Interstate 8, at the southern end of Peart Road. This hike follows an old dirt road up Peart Canyon.
Warning: Peart Canyon has almost no shade and no water. It also has broken glass and lots of loose rocks. Use appropriate caution.
History: Peart Road used to continue up through Peart Canyon as a dirt road and connect with Henness Road on the other side of a low ridgeline. The lower part of the dirt road up Peart Canyon can be used by 4x4 vehicles to access picnic tables. Berms above the tables prevent further vehicular travel.
Hike: The hike begins at the Peart Road trailhead and takes off towards the south, into Peart Canyon. The entire length of this hike is basically on the gravel road that follows the canyon bottom. Several side roads branch off and ascend either the main Casa Grande Mountains or a low ridge to the east. While these may provide interesting views and can increase the length of this hike, they are side treks. The main route is simply in the canyon bottom. There are at least two concrete picnic tables along the lower portion of the canyon. Once past the second picnic table there are several large boulders and a water bar dug across the road, blocking vehicular access to the upper portion of Peart Canyon. As of 2011, this was a relatively recent addition as the road above the vehicle blocks was still very fresh and showing very few signs of re-vegetation.
The "trail" eventually reaches a saddle separating the Heness Road basin from Peart Canyon. The views are pretty but not terribly spectacular. You can continue down the road to intersect the East Ridgeline Trail and head further south (or make a loop back to the north towards the parking lot), or simply turn around at the saddle after enjoying the views.
This "trail" is not used by hikers terribly often, and does not offer much in the way of scenic attraction. It does offer morning and late afternoon shade, and adds variety if you are hiking the East Ridgeline Trail.
Water Sources: None. Bring your own.
Camping: Not allowed.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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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.