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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Pickaxe Canyon is a 4.45 mile round trip loop canyon trip with 1,438 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 24 miles east-northeast of Mesa Arizona. Trailhead access is via a dirt road which is typically car accessible when dry. November and December 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.
3AII with a couple rappels max ~240'. 3/4 mile packraft or boat pickup required. Permission recommended to hike out on SRP road.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
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.