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Hill 3464 - Superior, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 6.78 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,635 feet
Elevation Gain 829 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,457 feet
Avg Time One Way 4.5
Kokopelli Seeds 11.64
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Ruins & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Preferred Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan → 8 AM
Sun  5:43am - 7:17pm
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🔥 2021 Telegraph Fire266.7 mi**

Another brick in the wall
by kingsnake

This hike offers great views and ancient walls, with easy elevation gain and no threat of blood loss.

After parking east of the shooting range, walk west on FR 4 / Telegraph Rd. At 0.5 miles, you will cross a creek that flows south to north, towards Arnett Canyon, that is likely flowing even in dry weather. Flow is light, so it is easy to dry cross. Honestly, the up & downs along FR 4 for the first mile or so are the hardest part of the hike. You will see a large, stand-alone hill, that is almost white, with sheer walls of 50-150 feet. That is Hill 3012.

At 1.8 miles, after rounding Hill 3012, turn southwest across a wash, and up towards the saddle which frames Hill 3595. Upon reaching the top of the ridge, traverse southwest, downslope, towards a wash which empties west into Telegraph Canyon. Upon reaching Telegraph Canyon wash, turn south.

At 2.6 miles, get on a goat trail that cuts across a bend in Telegraph Canyon wash. Follow the barbwire fence, passing through the iron pole gate to Rock Tank. I'd be shocked if it was not full, as it has had plenty of water the times I have been out there. Follow the south shore of the tank, passing through the barbwire fence a second time at the tank's east end.

At 3.2 miles, cross to the north side of Rock Tank's feeder creek, proceeding southeast on a very obvious foot trail along the exposed rock. The foot trail soon turns northeast toward Filaria Spring, whose vicinity you will reach at 3.6 miles. (I did not lay eyes on it.) Still on the foot trail, climb the final 150 ft. to the saddle. The foot trail continues east to the trailhead for the Wood Canyon Rim hike. (That loop routes south up a 300 ft. slope towards Hill 3419.)

At 3.7 miles, turn north up a matching 300 ft. slope. As everywhere else on this hike, and the hills and slopes surrounding Picketpost Mountain, brush is not a factor: Here, mostly grass, some prickly pear and hedgehog, forests of ocotillo, and very few cat claw. As easy as cross-country travel gets in Arizona. Turn west at the top of the mesa.

At 4.2 miles you will reach the Hill 3464 high point. Greats views of Telegraph Canyon. Follow the mesa rim north, towards Picketpost Mountain, then northeast.

At 5.2 miles you will reach the first wall. It is 300 feet long, and up to five feet tall. Of the three wall segments we found, it is by far the largest. We did not find any ruins, pottery, or other signs of ancient life, but that does not mean you won't. It certainly seems like the walls are ancient because I can't image a rancher going to the effort of doing something like that when a barbwire fence is so much less labor-intensive to build. Plus, like SpiderLegs pointed out, the wall has slots that provide cover and great fields of fire. A few hundred yards on, you will run into wall segments two and three.

At 5.4 miles, just past wall segment three, clamber over two six-foot boulders, to begin your descent to FR 4 / Telegraph Canyon Rd. It is steep, but again basically grab & stab free. You will hit the road at 5.6 miles, then turn east, returning to the trailhead.

At 6.8 miles it is Guinness Time!

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2014-03-16 kingsnake

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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 / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Phoenix, as you head east on U.S. 60, take the first paved road south (Mary Dr.). The road bends left, then right, around a housing area. At .5 miles, it bends left at the fire station. At the fire station intersection, turn right onto Telegraph Canyon Rd. At 1.0 miles, it turns from pavement to gravel. There are many side trails, stay on the main / largest one (Telegraph Rd.). At 1.9 miles, the road turns west and starts getting worse. You will reach the designated trailhead at 2.2 miles. Do not even think of trying to drive past the designated TH without high clearance, 4x4, and some skill.
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