Walnut Canyon via Battle Axe Rd is a 21.1 mile round trip 4x4 trip with 3,620 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 44 miles east-southeast of Mesa Arizona. A high clearance 4x4 vehicle and a competent driver is recommended to access the trailhead. November and April are the best months to enjoy this trip. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.
Overview: The first and last 5 miles are on the relatively easy but sometimes rough Battle Axe Road. The actual 10 mile Walnut Canyon loop is VERY rough, rocky with plenty of washouts. due to some steep sections with tenuous traction I would only recommend a short-wheelbase high-clearance 4x4 vehicle with a rear locker. The beginning and end of the Walnut Canyon loop is at: 33.15028 -111.09315
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.