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Upper Four Tanks Canyon, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Prescott > Black Canyon
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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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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
Sun  7:25am - 5:21pm
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Peak 3,651 - Hell
Peak 3,651 - Hell's Canyon Wilderness
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Upper Four Tanks Canyon is a 1 mile one way canyon trip with 400 feet elevation gain. Located 28 miles north-northwest of Glendale Arizona. A high clearance vehicle is recommended to access the trailhead. December and January 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: 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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    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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    Directions
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    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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