Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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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