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Fools Canyon Trail - Weaver Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,612 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,000 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 10.33
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14  2015-04-25
Treasure - Jesus - Fools Canyon Loop
BiFrost
15  2015-03-21
Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness Loop
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author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Phoenix - Hassayampa BLM
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Depicts route from South TH, to Hole Trail.

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2015-03-22

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Fools Canyon Trail - Weaver Mountains
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    Treasure - Jesus - Fools Canyon Loop
    Almost a repeat of the hike Bruce and I did a month ago. A couple extra miles with a slightly larger loop. I'm not exactly sure of the trail names. Think we continued on Jesus Canyon Trail? Karl wanted to hit up an oasis looking area just up creek of Jesus Spring. It was bomb diggity albeit short lived.

    Continued up to the crossroads junction of trails in a subtle valley then headed to Fools Canyon. Witnessed two of the nicest Sugar Sumac trees I've ever seen. In the Superstitions they hug the ground. Here, nice tall picturesque specimens with walking clearance underneath.

    Fools Canyon has a few granite gems. One of granite areas had nice basalt accents. The monster Palo Verde Bruce and I saw in Slaughterhouse was in full bloom. Enough blooms to keep a million bees happy for a week.

    Bruce's off trail canyon is still a good option and Hassayampa is obviously the main attraction. Our good k9 buddy that followed us for 14 miles greeted us at the trailhead with several other cousins. He came right through the pack and we said our hellos. No tag along today, the cowboys yipped 'em back. Overcast, cool & breezy with mean sprinkles on occasion.

    Wildflowers
    Not blooming but Desert Trumpet owns many hill sides. Compared to a month ago it is developing blue splotches consistently on most plants. Not sure if it common.

    Buckhorn Cholla is busting out all over. Ocotillos have dropped their leaves yet still flaunting red blooms. A few of the sparsely populated Palo Verde are going banana yellow nuts.
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    Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness Loop
    Fast Facts
    :next: The word Hassayampa is an old Indian word that means “the river that flows upside down.” All tributaries on the west side of the Bradshaws flow into the Hassayampa.
    :next: This is one one of Arizona's longer rivers running just over 100 miles before dumping into the Gila River.
    :next: The Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness was created in 1990.

    Caveat:
    Trail locations and names were derived from a document provided to me from the BLM. These names do not necessarily agree with the sign at the trailhead at Williams Ranch.

    The drive on Constellation Road was in much nicer condition this time, then the last time I was on it the end of 2014. There would probably be no problem getting a sedan all the way to the Trailhead a Williams Ranch.

    The Hike:
    We started our hike before 7am and were greeted by the Ranch Dogs. Three to four of them. After calls from the ranch, all but one returned. Lucky for us we got the nice one (I think Joe wanted to take him home) and the best hiker of the bunch. You could tell he'd been on the trails before.

    Across the flowing Hassayampa we found a trail on the opposite side that took us right to the Treasure Canyon TH

    Treasure Canyon Trail is 2 miles and 600' of AEG to get to the Hole Trail. The trail is thin is spots requiring a track to stay on trail. Nothing too thick, but I was glad I had long pants on to begin. I'm assuming the Canyon we traversed, to the east, was Treasure Canyon (Unnamed on Topo), but we found none.

    Hole Trail is on an old jeep road, and climbs very steeply coming out of Jesus Canyon for 2 miles. There's some big views from up here. Flowers were substantial in pockets with a wide variety, accented by brittlebush.

    Roy Waits Trail was a last minute decision. I'm glad we decided to give it a try. Pretty well defined and great views all the way down. Second favorite trail on the day

    A half mile stint on the Fools Canyon Trail and we jumped on the Slaughterhouse Canyon Trail. Use your GPS track to determine the real trail from the cow paths on the west side. Once you crest and start the drop, you get some great views to the east.

    Joe, Route Scout and myself took a short lunch at the Hassayampa, before heading up the Williams Trail, to an unnamed canyon, and forcing Route Scout to turn around at a 30' climb up a dry fall. Thinking he'd turn around and go back to the ranch, he rejoined us a 1/2 mile later, after finding a way around

    Needle Trail was next and another decent climb out of the canyon. This was probably my favorite trail on the day. We once again lost Route Scout on this trail, this time to the horsemen and their fellow dogs from the ranch.

    Once in the Hassayampa River, it was time to forget about trying to stay dry on the crossings, and just walk through the water. The water was quite refreshing

    I really enjoyed checking out these new trails....and there more out there.

    Hassayampa River :next: https://youtube.com ... 5rQc

    Wildflowers
    Substantial to extreme in spots.

    Permit $$
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