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Lower Yankee Joe Canyon Loop, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Globe > Globe NE
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 6.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,039 feet
Elevation Gain 775 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,199 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6.5-7.5hrs
Kokopelli Seeds 17.3
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
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5  2013-03-22
Perennial Clay Spring Area
37  2013-03-21 Oregon_Hiker
40  2013-03-21 Grasshopper
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Sun  6:08am - 6:25pm
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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.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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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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    Lower Yankee Joe Canyon Loop
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    Having the opportunity to explore and hike this remote section of Lower Yankee Joe Canyon within our SRC Wilderness was my primary reason to schedule my latest 3/20 to 3/25 (5nt/6day) 4WD Vehicle Camping Trip to this area, the scenic end of FR346 at the perennial Clay Spring area.

    Oregon Hiker and I first became interested in locating a non-canyoneering access route into this intriguing and very long S to N to NW canyon ending at the Salt River after our first visit to this general area on 11/20/12 to unsuccessfully hike "Hess Canyon to the Salt River". After a few hours of my Topo Map overlays analysis and Google Earth views mostly analyzed by Oregon Hiker- Larry (thank you), and with a couple of successful documented winter 2012-13 visits by RedRoxx44- Letty, I was more than ready to give this one a go and it did pay-off nicely :D .

    As documented in the new HAZ overview hike description, and via our posted GPS Routes, and geocoded Picsets with captions, we do suggest that if interested in hiking this off trail canyon that you do consider a route similar to our posted loop hike. Unless you are more versed at canyoneering techniques going up canyon, we found it much easier to locate bypass routes hiking down canyon to the Salt River, then on return up canyon soon exiting at WP pic location to begin a very scenic off trail uphill ridgeline route with very manageable high desert vegetation.

    The hiking elevation range of his high desert area is from a low of 2631 feet at the Salt River to a high of 3800 feet with little shade available, so winter to mid spring hiking and camping in this area is recommended.

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    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    From the Phoenix Area- Hwy 60 east to Globe,AZ. On the east side of GLobe at the intersection with Hwy 60/Hwy 70, turn north on Hwy 60 and continue for 16.3 miles to the intersection of Hwy 60/FR303-Haystack Butte Road. Turn left onto FR303 and continue to the intersection of FR303/FR645. Turn left onto FR645 and continue (passing through closed ranching gate #1) to the intersection of FR645/FR346. Turn left onto 4WD only FR346 and continue (passing through closed ranching gate #2) for a total of 3.6 miles to the FR346 end at "Camp Grasshopper". Please Note: the last two miles of sometimes narrow with exposure FR346 drops -1150 feet, thus 4WD vehicles are required in-order to EXIT UP & OUT OF FR346 lower road end.
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