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Turks Backyard - The Canyon, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Superstitions SW
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 2,166 feet
Elevation Gain 415 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 2.38
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Perennial Waterfall
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Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov
Sun  6:10am - 6:29pm
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Overview: This hike starts on Arizona State Land, enters the Superstition Wildrerness, and checks out the secluded, unnamed canyon north of Turks Head at the base of mountain 5057. It is a bushwhack requiring route finding skills, some scrambling.

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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 Review
    Turks Backyard - The Canyon
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    This area (aka Ermahgerd Canyon) has fascinated me since the first time I saw it on the way up to 5057 via Balancing Rock. After being in the neighborhood twice last week I decided it was time to get up close! But I would go up on foot, not down with ropes. Things worked out well! Climbed up the left side outside of the mouth of the canyon. Got to a saddle and contoured west around the inner steepness. Once around to the cliff walls I found a nice route over to below the huge cave. That was the end of the line though because it looked like free climbing was needed to reach the cave. But since I could see the last rappel, I decided to go down and check it out. Vertigo city!! Not sure how anyone can go over that edge! Saw the ladder down near the bottom on the side wall.

    Went back up and retraced my route until I was above Rockadoodle Canyon. Made the steep hike down to check out the formations there. Came down the west side of the drainage and out on the route Mike showed me last week. Really cool in here too! A most adventurous day!!

    Permit $$
    AZ State Land Recreational Permits are available for an individual ($15.00), or a family limited to two adults and children under the age of 18 ($20.00).

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    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    Rt 60 To Community of Gold Canyon East of Apache Juction, turn north on Kings Ranch Road to Baseline turn east to Mohican turn north to Valleyview turn left road curves and turns into Whitetail, when you come to the end turn right on Cloudview east to trailhead parking lot. Take foot trail to the east as it meanders up the hill you will see signage to turn east for the Lost Goldmine Trail. Take the Lost Goldmine Trail 4 miles to an old jeep road on the west side of Turks Head. Go north on the jeep road to end then continue in wash on your right to Y in wash. At this Y go up the land mass straight ahead and head for the base of 5057.
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