Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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.
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.