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Pickaxe Canyon, AZ

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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 Loop 4.45 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,755 feet
Elevation Gain -939 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,438 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 11.64
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
Dogs not allowed
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
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54  2018-01-13
Salt River Canyon View from Peak 3042
25  2017-01-14
Salt River Canyon View from Peak 3042
22  2016-03-10 topohiker
35  2015-11-15 GrottoGirl
17  2014-02-01 azflyguy
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb
Sun  6:56am - 5:23pm
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Official Route
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Nearby Area Water
Black Cross Butte 3351
Black Cross Butte 3351
0.0 mi away
2.1 mi
910 ft
Salt River Canyon View from Peak 3042
Salt River Canyon View from Peak 3042
0.0 mi away
6.0 mi
2,862 ft
Chalcedony Cave
Chalcedony Cave
0.0 mi away
1.4 mi
471 ft
Crucifix Canyon
0.0 mi away
5.5 mi
540 ft
Peak 3042 - Mormon Flat Dam Quad
Peak 3042 - Mormon Flat Dam Quad
0.1 mi away
5.4 mi
1,716 ft
Ladder - Micro Canyons
0.4 mi away
6.3 mi
1,600 ft
Coronado Mesa
Coronado Mesa
1.4 mi away
2.8 mi
870 ft
Punchbowl Canyon
Punchbowl Canyon
1.5 mi away
2.0 mi
1,800 ft
Skeleton Cave Canyon
1.5 mi away
0.8 mi
900 ft
Apache Trail Canyon
1.7 mi away
3.0 mi
500 ft
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Likely In-Season!
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.

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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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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To FR80 Trailhead
    From Apache Junction take SR88, headed northeast, out to FR80. Turn left on to FR80 to gate. Park on either side, making sure you're well off the road as this is the entrance/exit for folks and big equipment going to/from the dam below. Any regular-clearance vehicle can make it to the trailhead (there was a Honda minivan sitting there upon our return from the hike), but you may need to go a little slow. Also, there are some narrow sections of FR80 as you descend to the trailhead. So, look ahead for vehicles coming in the opposite direction. You may need to pull over at some spots to let the other vehicle pass you by.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 1 h 25 min (57.3 miles)
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 2 h 34 min (127 miles)
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 3 h 25 min (198 miles)
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