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East Leonard Canyon, AZ

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Distance One Way 5.31 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,305 feet
Elevation Gain -312 feet
Accumulated Gain 127 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 5.73
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2  2017-07-15
Knoll Lake
15  2015-08-08 friendofThunderg
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Leonard Fairchild Loop
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Preferred   Sep, May, Oct, Jun
Sun  6:12am - 6:23pm
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This route follows East Leonard Canyon from Knoll Lake north to Dines Tank. There is no trail, but numerous use paths make following the canyon relatively easy.

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    East Leonard Canyon
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    Leonard Fairchild Loop
    We wanted to get out of the heat for the weekend and decided to head up north to the Rim. We drove up on Friday night and camped with a group from AZ Wilderness Brewery. We started our hike on Saturday morning and walked out of camp and made a clockwise loop.

    The first part of the hike had us scramble down an off trail slope to Knoll Lake. It was steep and loose but no biggie. From there we followed East Leonard Canyon. The going was very easy as we followed good use trails. After a few miles we connected into Leonard Canyon. The first mile was rocky and required crossing the creek several times. Things mellowed out and we continued to the north end of the loop where we climbed a steep embankment back to a forest road. We followed the road for a mile or two and dropped down to Double Cabin. From there it was easy going back to camp.

    This was a nice loop with beautiful scenery. Thanks to Chumley for putting it together. And thanks to FOTG for joining us on this one. Was a lot of fun!
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    Leonard Fairchild Loop
    The Beards were entertaining some friends up north this weekend with the primary purpose of gathering wild raspberries for an upcoming beer they are brewing. I decided to go along and put together a few options for a hike in some canyons and draws I hadn't previously visited. With enough miles on the map, I was able to convince 9L, Claire, and Fotg to come along as well.

    East Leonard north of Knoll Lake is a well-traveled canyon with use trails that are easy to find and follow. Intermittent water made this a pleasant, scenic little canyon. We encountered some heavy machinery doing some work in the canyon bottom, and I can't find any indication that it was private property, but I'm looking into that some more. Definitely the most unusual sighting of the day.

    We jumped east one canyon and headed up the very lush Fairchild Draw. There was virtually no water in this draw, save for a couple of small muddy pots, probably just the result of recent monsoon rains.

    Next, with the goal of Double Cabin, we headed one more drainage to the east, checked out this very sturdy cabin ruin that appears to have been made from some huge milled pieces of timber (easily 16" square). It has uniquely different construction from other cabins I've seen up here.

    O'Haco Cabins were on the list, but they have always been on private property. Apparently the land owners have re-established residency there from the dilapidated shacks that existed 10 years ago. (*Edit- The property was sold in November 2012, and it seems it is the new owners that have fixed the place up again).

    Finally we visited O'Haco Lookout, a very tall tower in a fenced in FS compound with a cabin, basketball court, picnic area and bbq. This tower appears to be out of commission, but offers fantastic views over the rim.

    Back at camp we enjoyed a fun evening around the fire before spending Sunday celebrating some dumb anniversary, picking berries and enjoying the pleasant weather at elevation. Not too bad!

    Very colorful in the drainages. Especially in the fenced in exclosure areas.

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    Route begins at the Knoll Lake Dam
    page created by chumley on Aug 16 2015 10:25 pm
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