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Porcelain Canyon, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Loop 8.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,414 feet
Elevation Gain 1,050 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,400 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5-9 hrs
Kokopelli Seeds 15.5
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
 Backpack No
unreported if dogs are allowed
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6  2012-09-17 nonot
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Prescott Region
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Preferred May, Oct, Sep, Apr → 11 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:28am - 6:42pm
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🔥 2021 Raphael Fire68.5 mi**
🔥 2002 Trick25.8 mi*
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by nonot

A Technical Canyoneering trip into a tributary of Sycamore Canyon
This is a technical canyoneering trip, you will need a helmet, harness, and rap device, along with 2x100 ft ropes, webbing, and 3-4 quicklinks. Wetsuits only if the weather will be pretty cold. This area was fire damaged and is pretty warm due to lack of shade.

Discovered by Joe and Sara DeSalme, published in Arizona: Technical Canyoneering

Hike east on FR127 about 2.5 miles to the drop-in. Head northeast down the drainage, full of New Mexico Locust, Gambel Oak, and many, many fallen and sooty trees. The best approach may be to stay high and out of the canyon for about 0.6 miles.

You will reach the first rap of 30 ft rigged from a fallen tree. Continue thrashing downcanyon until it finally starts to slot up as you near Tule Canyon. You will reach a nice slickrock area, soon after you reach the terminal sequence:
Rap 2: (currently a downclimb down fallen trees rather than a rap) of 15 feet.
Rap 3: (anchor from the boulder before the pool, swim the pool, and rap 65 ft (need about 2x100 ft ropes for this)
Rap 4: about 25 feet, immediately after Rap 3
Rap 5: (optional) - most will downclimb on right LDC but you could rig from a tree on left LDC and rap about 30 ft.

Hike down canyon and degear at Tule. Hike up (west) Tule wash for a few miles of rock-hopping goodness with a few interesting pools in Coconino slickrock. In fall Arizona grape may provide a snack along the way, just fend off the bears to get your fair share.

Water Sources
Nothing you'd want to drink.

Camping on the rim in the area.

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2012-09-18 nonot
    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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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Williams: head south on CR73
    From Chino Valley: head north on 89, head east on Drake Rd (CR71), head north on CR73.

    Head east/southeast on FR354 - 0 miles
    after 6.9 miles - left at the Y onto FR105
    after 3.1 miles (10 total) - left at Y staying on FR105
    go a few hundred yards and park on right.

    Cars can make it here during dry weather.

    To go east on FR127 takes high clearance.
    page created by nonot on Sep 17 2012 11:18 pm

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