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Peak 2500 - Mormon Flat Dam Quad, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
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Distance Lasso-Loop 6.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,794 feet
Elevation Gain 706 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,336 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 12.88
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47  2014-06-13 CannondaleKid
Author CannondaleKid
author avatar Guides 43
Routes 137
Photos 20,492
Trips 1,900 map ( 15,617 miles )
Age 69 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Jan, Feb, Dec, Mar → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:10am - 6:30pm
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Canyon Lake views galore!
by CannondaleKid

Overview: All off-trail hike that provides a myriad of options for numerous views on the Salt River and Canyon Lake.

Warning: A high clearance 4x4 is required to reach the trail head.

Hike: Being completely off-trail the route is what you choose to make it. The official GPS track takes the high road along the ridge and returns along a more direct lower route. The hike mileage and AEG is if you take the route provided, however with so much to see you will easily add distance and elevation gain to the total.

From the trailhead (3/4 mile south of Brownie Tank past the end of FR1829) you head southeast, passing through a gap in the fence and immediately dropping down into the ravine between Peak 2074 & 2084. Whether you can locate a seldom-used path on the right side or not, one way or another your task is simply to follow the drainage to cottonwood Creek. Based on how much boulder-hopping is entailed, I'd recommend following the 'return' leg of the official GPS track both ways, as it is slightly shorter and less taxing, which is most noticeable on the return leg.

Once at the wide Cottonwood Creek wash just continue across to the southeast and either follow the wash as it winds constantly, climb up to the right to follow the ridge, or climb slightly left and take the more direct route, albeit with a more of an over hill & dale type of route.

If you a GPS and have the summit waypoint marked, just set it to navigate to it, then simply vary your route as you see fit while working your way to the summit. Personally, I'd recommend the ridge route which provides many more viewpoints of note.

Once at the summit, be prepared to spend lots of time wandering around to locate the most interesting views. At 105° it was too hot for me to much of that, so be sure to visit when it's cool enough to spend a full day.

For the return trip, you can practically see the trailhead in the distance so it's completely up to you which route you choose.

Water Sources: From time to time there will be some water flow but it cannot be relied on. Even when Cottonwood Creek is flowing farther up the wash, much of it goes underground where you will cross it.

Camping: Possible but not likely. If anything,possibly camping near Cottonwood Creek by boat from the Salt River.

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2014-06-14 CannondaleKid
    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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    Peak 2500 - Mormon Flat Dam Quad
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    With the hot weather upon us I figured I'd bag the easiest of the last seven peaks on my list in the Mormon Flat Dam Quadrangle.

    I knew the drive to the trailhead was rough enough to beat me up before I got started so I made sure to start early to beat the heat as much as possible and take plenty of fluids. After running short on my last hike Tracey told me to take some water to cache partway out so I'd have something extra if needed. While it was a good idea, descending the ravine for the first 3/4 mile with a gallon jug of water in one hand was not too smart. It added enough difficulty to the task that I would probably need to replenish more fluid than it would provide. So by time I had gone a mile I was happy to drop it off.

    I had planned to follow the wash for some time before climbing but with the wash winding so much sooner was better so I began the climb. Once on the ridge it was relatively easy going but with loose rocks all over I had to take care not to roll an ankle.

    The ridge didn't continue all the way so I had to drop down and cross a canyon before climbing back up to the ridge to finish the climb to the summit. If it wasn't going to be so hot I would have followed a more meandering route to take in more of the awesome views, but even so there was much to see.

    At the summit of Peak 2500 I took the usual video & photos before having my PB&J lunch. Already over 100°, knowing I'd probably add some side-trips to the return leg I figured I better get moving. Although I liked the ridge route, being the first trip out here I wanted to cover new ground on the return leg so I took a lower route on the return leg.

    I still had plenty of fluids when I returned to my cached gallon jug of water, but I wasn't about to leave it there and I sure didn't want to haul an extra 7 pounds the last mile up the ravine so I took off my pack and proceeded to pour the water on my shirt and hat hoping to take advantage of evaporation. It would have worked much better if the water wasn't already 105°, but after a few minutes it began to take effect and the last mile was a bit more pleasant.

    I posted 50 photos here on HAZ, but even the full set of 131 photos on my web site don't come close to covering the views adequately. So although I did a reasonable amount of wandering about this trip, I will return when it's cooler and spend a full day wandering far enough to get a view of the Mormon Flat Dam.

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    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    AZ 87 to Four Peaks Road (FR 143), turn right onto FR143 and continue 2 miles to the intersection with FR401. Turn right onto FR401 and continue just over a hundred yards and turn right onto FR1343. Follow FR 1343 south 2.1 miles to FR13, where you will turn left. Continue 0.8 mile east on FR13 to FR1829 where you will turn right. Follow FR1829 3.4 miles to Brownie Tank, which is where FR1829 officially ends. Continue around the right side of Brownie Tank to locate where the road continues on to the trail head, 0.8 mile to the south.
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