Lower Yankee Joe Canyon Loop is a 6.3 mile round trip lasso loop hike with 2,199 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 60 miles east-northeast of Mesa Arizona. A high clearance 4x4 vehicle and a competent driver is recommended to access the trailhead. March and November are the best months to enjoy this hike. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.
Overview: This lollipop loop hike starts at the corrals near Clay Spring at the end of FR346 and follows an ATV track and cow trails north east to Yankee Joe Canyon. It then proceeds down the bottom of YJ Canyon to the Salt River. The return hike goes up the west side of YJ Canyon and then follows a steep ridgeline south to it's peak where the White Ledges cross the ridge. At that point it drops down to a saddle where it rejoins the in-bound route and retraces the route back to the trail head.
Check out the Official Route.
This is a moderately difficult hike.
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.