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Alamo Lake Arch, AZ

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Distance Lasso-Loop 4.38 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,237 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Accumulated Gain 400 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.71
Interest Off Trail Hiking
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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41  2015-01-03 kingsnake
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 78
Routes 169
Photos 7,563
Trips 616 ( 5,729 miles )
Age 57 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov
Sun  7:19am - 6:18pm
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Nearby Area Water
Alamo Lake State Park Campground
4.0 mi away
Lake View Loop - Alamo Lake State Park
4.5 mi away
2.0 mi
200 ft
Alamo Lake State Park
4.5 mi away
Bill Williams River Gorge
Bill Williams River Gorge
4.9 mi away
10.0 mi
-338 ft
Alamo Lake BM Loop
Alamo Lake BM Loop
4.9 mi away
10.3 mi
2,206 ft
Arrastra Mountain
Arrastra Mountain
13.7 mi away
4.0 mi
1,300 ft
Peoples Canyon
Peoples Canyon
16.0 mi away
4.5 mi
150 ft
Peoples Canyon Loop
Peoples Canyon Loop
16.0 mi away
9.6 mi
1,305 ft
South Peoples Spring
South Peoples Spring
17.3 mi away
2.7 mi
211 ft
Camp Bouse Peak
17.4 mi away
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by kingsnake

Likely In-Season!
Not sure if this is a state park fee use area. Personally, just to be careful, I picked up an Alamo Lake State Park day use permit before heading towards the trailhead.

It is about two miles of pure jeep trail hiking from the pullout / old campground to the arch. Because I was doing some other things in the area, I approached the arch from the northeast, which gives a good profile shot if it is mid-afternoon. It is a steep & slippery climb up the northeast face, but not too bad. Once on top, turn left along a narrow ledge to the arch opening. The arch itself is tiny, and delicate -- do not climb on it. There is a safe shelf to sit on the arch's southwest face. If you peer through it, towards the northeast, with a mid-afternoon sun, you can see the arch's shadow, complete with sunny spot, on the desert floor. I've never experienced that before! Definitely makes it worth your time.

The arch's southwest slope is mild, and I descended that way, following a fairly obvious foot trail, back to the jeep trail. You could also go up the southwest face, but then you would miss the profile shot, unless you went down the steep & slippery northwest face. Personally, I'd do it the way I did: Counter-clockwise.

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2015-01-04 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.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    Whether you travel from Phoenix to Wenden via I-10 or US 60, head north on Alamo Rd. for about 35 miles to Park Rd. (Not sure exact distance, but Park Rd. is 2.5 miles before the State Park office, and Alamo Rd. is 38 miles long.) Turn right onto dirt Park Rd. for 3.0 miles. At the small community / airstrip, turn left on Wickenburg Rd.; go 2.6 miles to the split at the info sign. Split right on Brown's Crossing Rd. for 2.0 miles to the old campground / pullout on the right. Park there. Cars could probably make the drive; SUVs and up no problem. Past the pullout is strictly 4WD / high clearance, though not requiring great skill. You could drive within a few hundred yards of the arch if you have the vehicle, though you will pick up a few new "Arizona pinstripes".
    page created by kingsnake on Jan 04 2015 4:35 pm
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