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Camouflage Tanks, AZ

AZ > Phoenix > Mesa NE
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Guide 15 Triplogs  0 Topics
Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Mesa NE
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,079 feet
Elevation Gain 900 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,800 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5+ hours
Kokopelli Seeds 15
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Author sventre
author avatar Guides 13
Routes 67
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Trips 61 map ( 272 miles )
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Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov → Early
Seasons   Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  7:05am - 6:15pm
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by sventre

Likely In-Season!
New non camouflaged tanks. Same killer views.

This hike is a lonnnnng 6 miles that requires route finding skills, and perserverance through patches of catclaw. Long pants, long sleeve shirt and some garden clippers are highly recommended. Leave Fido at home because I guarantee that none of my canine partners would appreciate this hike. 3+ miles of the total distance are easily traveled along the jeep trail through Cottonwood Spring. Once you have left the trail the bushwhack begins and continues until you have descended the boulder strewn/vegetation choked waterfall of the canyon which sqeezes between the two peaks 2400' in elevation.

The route accompanying this posting DOES NOT go directly to the tanks but instead rises high up the ridge immediately southeast of the tanks. From this high point a descent down to the tanks seemed infeasible except by backtracing your steps, descending into the wash northeast of peak 2400, and then proceeding back up along the wash to the tanks.

The views from inside both canyons, along the ridge and nearly everywhere else on this hike are splendid. The Triple Arch is a short hike further northeast of the described route, but easily viewed from the least ridge before descending into the canyon. Weaver's Needle. Four Peaks, The Razorback, Razorback Knob and a host of other landmarks are all within the field of your vision.

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2012-01-17 sventre
    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.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    SR88 (Apache Trail) to FR1356 (Cottonwood Gate). West on 1356 until you reach the intersection with FR3512 (Packsaddle Rd). Turn north on 3512 and drive as far as your vehicle will permit. Hike begins on 3512 and north along Cottonwood Spring.
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