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Skeleton Cave Canyon, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Mesa NE
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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.
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Distance Round Trip 0.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,704 feet
Elevation Gain 900 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 5.25
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
varies or not certain dogs are allowed
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57  2012-02-05 Vaporman
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,879
Routes 15,956
Photos 24
Trips 1 ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb
Sun  7:08am - 6:12pm
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Likely In-Season!
Skeleton Cave Canyon is a 0.75 mile round trip canyon trip with 900 feet elevation gain. Located 24 miles east-northeast of Mesa Arizona. Trailhead access is via a dirt road which is typically car accessible when dry. November and December are the best months to enjoy this activity. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.

Overview: If you thought accessing Skeleton Cave was difficult to visit, then try descending the canyon that's below it... A few rappels up to 300ft thru the upper Rhyolite and lower volvanic tuff narrows. Access can be reach by either a power boat up Canyon Lake, hiking 10-12 miles thru thorny desert, or better yet use or packraft/kayak to paddle there and leave it while you do the canyon. Enjoy! =)

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    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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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

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    A few different ways to approach this canyon...
    page created by Vaporman on Feb 08 2012 9:27 pm
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