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Upper Four Tanks Canyon, AZ

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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 One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 2,394 feet
Elevation Gain 400 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 2.33
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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6  2017-01-20
Garfias-Hell-Gov Peak Loop
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
Sun  6:17am - 6:26pm
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Overview: Accessed via route to Governors Peak where the trail (this trail is referred to as the Hermit Trail in the Governors Peak description) crossed the bed of Four Tanks Canyon. Continue off-trail up canyon bottom amongst large boulders. Pools in canyon bottom should hold water all winter. .2 miles upstream from the trail crossing, is a 15-20 foot seasonal waterfall, which is the highlight of the canyon. To continue upstream, the waterfall can be easily bypassed to the south in order to access canyon above the waterfall where it terminates just below Governors Peak.

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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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    Upper Four Tanks Canyon
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    Set out early with Gil to explore the Hieroglyphics. Went up the "Hermit Trail" to the saddle where we rested and enjoyed the views from a rock outcrop just above the saddle. Gil was hungry so going up to Governors wasn't in the cards, but we could see where the upper reaches of Four Tanks Canyon was carved into the mountain across the basin from us, and I had remembered wanting to check it out last time I was in the area as well. It really piqued my interest today so we decided to go see what was there real quick before heading back. There were quite a few pretty big pools that seemed like they would hold water well into April, and lots of big boulders to climb on. So far, pretty neat. Then we can across a shear 15-20 foot cliff with water dripping down it...a nice little waterfall! It had a decent sized pool at the bottom too. I could only imagine what it would look like during a rainstorm. We wanted to see what the canyon looked like above, so we scrambled up a little semi-exposed ledge next to the waterfall's chasm. It was the most convenient way from the waterfall's base, but could've been avoided by going around farther. From above, we could see a little pool directly above the waterfall, feeding the trickle we saw from below. The canyon seemed to be wider upstream and we decided to head back, having seen what was likely the most impressive part. Instead of following the creek bed back down, we set out cross country in a beeline toward the trail, and were back on it within 5 minutes or so. Pretty neat little piece of canyon, and pretty easy to access. I would like to string it together with a bigger loop going down into Garfias Wash/Hells Canyon with a return on Spring Valley Trail. For clarification, this was 5% canyoneering (the .2 miles up Four Tanks Canyon) and the rest on-trail hiking.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To canyon trip
    From Phoenix head north on I-17 to the Carefree Highway (SR74) Go west 10.8 miles to Castle Hot Springs Road (the Lake Pleasant turn off) Turn right onto Castle Hot Springs Road and follow 5.2 miles to the "T" intersection. Turn left and follow 5.0 miles to pullout on left side of dirt road. It's right after a cattle guard so you can't miss it. There is an old barbed wire fence webbed with dead branches coming down through a huge wash up to the cattle guard. It seems odd parking on this mini cliff but it's correct. From your vehicle continue up the road maybe 20 yards. The trail is barely marked with a fiberglass flex-stake and goes straight DOWN! Note to cars: A car can access this area in dry road conditions. A wet road will prove difficult. Be very careful turning around on this road... the edges and beyond are extremely soft soil. Two wheel drive vehicles dig into this type of soil. Also note: if you miss the trailhead the road travels through Castle Creek in sections, this is tricky in a car if your momentum is off.
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