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Spirit Canyon, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Superstitions NW
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,983 feet
Elevation Gain 1,517 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,519 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 7.06
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Perennial Waterfall, Perennial Creek & Peak
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Spirit Canyon to Siphon Draw Loop
17  2013-01-18 jameslcox44
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Overview: Although there is some semblance of a trail occasionally, one should approach this as an off trail bushwhack. It involves some scrambling and bouldering and gets into areas few others have been.

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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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Spirit Canyon
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    An easy afternoon hike with the kids to try to re-interest them in hiking and to find the petroglyphs I missed the last time through here. It was a successful day on both accounts! The kids had fun and we located the petroglyphs by the falls.

    Lots of traffic on SR88 from events at the Elks and Museum. I've never seen it so crazy! We parked at Mining Camp and never saw anyone after we turned right on Crosscut, which I expected might be the case.

    Spirit Canyon has a beauty all its own. It is rugged and the trails that exist aren't much but that makes it a fun adventure!
    Spirit Canyon
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    Had to get out and enjoy the day so I headed out from Mining Camp and took Crosscut south past Spirit Canyon. Coming out of the deepest drainage I went off-trail and headed for the mouth of Monument Canyon, passing a couple old campsites of broken glass and rusty tin cans along the way. I began climbing the north slope at the opening of Monument, my goal being the saddle that separates it from Spirit Canyon.

    Without Mike along I got to practice my route finding skills, which is fun and a little nerve-racking at the same time. Not to mention that weird feeling of being off-trail and alone in an unfamiliar spot!

    After making it through some tough spots I finally had the saddle in sight. Made it up there and took a break, took some pix and did a little re-con to figure out a way down! Heard running water in the canyon below too! I picked a good route down that only had minor scrambles and soon I was in a slick rock drainage. Thought I might have some trouble there but was able to get down without cliffing out. Found a cairned route out and headed for the car.

    Spirit Canyon is a really cool place if you haven't been in there. I'm surprised it doesn't get more activity because it has lots going on!
    Spirit Canyon
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    Spirit Canyon to Siphon Draw Loop
    This was an awesome hike! We weren't sure what to expect but Mike and I were both glad we decided to check it out! If you don't mind some steep, off-trail roughness you will be rewarded with a whole new perspective of the Flatiron.

    We left Mining Camp for Siphon Draw and turned right on Crosscut. A few minutes after we passed a giant boulder we found a route up to Spirit Canyon. We saw SAR helicopters on the way and soon saw SAR on foot way up canyon. We went straight up the wash, veered a little right, then climbed the ridge up to the base of Flatiron. With binoculars we noticed a strange formation so we descended the ridge heading west from the tip of Flatiron and dropped back down the Spirit Canyon side. After splitting up and searching, I located the rock hut (see pix). We climbed back up to the ridge and headed for the lower cliffs. Explored around those and then followed a nice trail that leads back to the very top of the basin (above all the loose stuff) and headed down on the Siphon Draw trail.

    Without even using Spirit Canyon you could reverse our route and explore up to the base of Flatiron. It is worth it for sure!!

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    State Route 88 to Superstition Blvd, 3.4 miles east to Sunset left 100 yds to Siesta right 1/4 mile to Prospectors left 100 yds to Greasewood right, then go 1/4 mile till pavement ends. Park where available. This is a residential area, respect the neighborhood. Park at Greasewood and Lebarge(sign knocked down), then start the hike by walking east on Greasewood(gravel) from here, a short block to Greasewood and Holmes. Trail continues east from here as a singletrack. Pass thru the wilderness gate in 1/4 mile.
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