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Tramway 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 Round Trip 1.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,160 feet
Elevation Gain 800 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 5.8
Interest Off Trail Hiking
varies or not certain dogs are allowed
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7  2015-06-27 desert_boonie
19  2015-06-27 outdoor_lover
7  2014-06-22 azflyguy
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Preferred   May, Jun, Aug, Sep
Sun  6:14am - 6:23pm
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3AI canyon with two rappels max 75'. Some down climbs with lot's of logs and false floors. Tramway trailhead is the easiest but more fun to do Sundance or Shamrock and approach from south side.

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    Tramway Canyon
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    Got most of the Crew together for this one...Not an easy Feat these Days... :sweat:
    Had planned on a Different Canyon but changed our Mind at the 11th Hour and decided this would make a Nice Day.
    None of us had ever done it so it was New Territory for all...Including the Maxwell Trail Portion. Basically, did the Tramway/Maxwell Loop but came down the Canyon instead of the Trail...
    Parked at the Maxwell TH and got the Roadwalk out of the Way first thing, before turning Left at West Tank and dropping into the Top of the Canyon.
    Made our Way Down Canyon, Scrambling a bit, Downclimbing a bit and then some Rappels. A couple of the Rappels probably could have been Down Climbed and I know Ken could have done them, but we Elected to Rappel them. Ended up with 4 Rappels total...
    Normally, it sounds like there isn't Water in this Canyon, but we ran into it in a couple of Spots. One Spot we probably could have avoided if we had Retraced and looked for a Bypass around, but why? Sooner or later, we were going to get Wet in WCC anyway, it was getting pretty warm and the Water looked pretty Fresh. So we Downclimbed into the Waist Deep Water and it felt pretty good... :D
    Eventually, after the Rappels, we ended up in WCC, warm and ready for a Swim...Started heading Upstream towards the Maxwell Trail, stopping by a Deep Pool for a Refreshing Swim and then stopping for Lunch at the Maxwell Trail Junction.
    Really Enjoyed the Maxwell Trail. It was an actual Trail mostly, not that "Straight Up Route, pretending to be a Trail" Look with big Steps and Light Scrambling like many of the WCC Trails have.... :sweat: Took our Time and eventually made it back to Mike's Vehicle.
    Finished the Day with an unimpressive Dinner at That Brewery in Pine...Probably a good Place to Drink, but for what you pay, the Food needed to be much better...Was pretty disappointed... :?
    But a Good Day nonetheless, with Good Friends that I don't get a chance to see much, although I've been chasing Ken around a few times this Spring and Summer... :lol:
    Another Good Day in a Canyon with Good Friends.... :y:
    Tramway Canyon
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    Hey I finally got out on an outdoor adventure this summer. Pretty straight forward day, we parked at the Maxwell trailhead and made our way to the top of Tramway Canyon. Not as many false floors or deadfall as we thought we would see and what do you know, a few pools to cool off in halfway down the canyon. We replaced the webbing on the anchors as they were pretty crusty and had a couple good rappels to have fun with. A few good sections in this canyon to see but no narrows like you get on the southern end of WCC. Once out and in WCC, we made good time back to the Maxwell trail where dozens of people were having their fun in WCC. For the first time in awhile it seems, it didn't rain on us either in WCC or on the way back up. Good Times.

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