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This is likely a great time to hike this trail!  Check out "Prefered" months below, keep in mind this is an estimate.

Bear Head Mountain Loop - 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.
HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,707 feet
Elevation Gain 1,332 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,632 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 11.56
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Ruins, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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51  2011-11-11 Grasshopper
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author avatar Guides 16,873
Routes 15,991
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Apr, May
Sun  5:21am - 7:21pm
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Overview: A serious intermediate route finding and bushwhacking off trail hike to traverse the lower cliff face of rugged Bear Head Mountain (located in the Sierra Ancha Mountains) to view one visible ancient, partially walled Indian Ruin with "possible" other significant cliff dwelling along its higher NE cliff ledges not viewable or reachable without canyoneering expertise. This hike also includes an option as an out and back from this hikes posted GPS tack NE waypoint (labeled "BearHDMtn-DOWN"--> 33.92502 -111.11520) or a recommended loop hike to off trail then enter upper Malicious Gap-Greenback Creek canyoneering route (at waypoint 33.92664 -111.11163) to end back down at the Bear Head Mountain/Malicious Gap TH Start.

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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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From the Phoenix area: See driving directions from the "Malicious Gap" hike description and also see posted Driving Directions GPS track for this hike description;
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