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Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha - FR203 Upr #2, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Globe > Young S
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Trailhead Elevation 4,000 feet
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Perennial Creek & Peak
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14  2016-03-22
Camp Grasshopper Wander - Sierra Ancha
9  2016-03-18
Sierra Ancha-Hist Ruins/ViewPts near Camp GH#2
21  2016-03-17 Grasshopper
18  2013-11-13
Cherry Creek Road FR 203
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   Oct, May, Apr, Sep
Sun  6:08am - 6:27pm
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Likely In-Season!
This remote, primitive, scenic, and ideally located "first come/first serve" group or individual vehicle camping- tent camping location with perennial creek drainage bordering a very rugged section of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness just off FR203 "middle upper end", offers an excellent base camp location at 4000 feet for drive-to various THs, rugged "of trail" day hike explorations. With a few level areas for tent and/or vehicle camping, a campfire ring and also included a dense and shaded mature grove of Arizona Sycamore trees to provide abundant shade during the warmer April/September/October camping days. A dense vegetation area all along this campsite perennial drainage flow also provides an abundance of fresh Arizona Blackberries when in season..and..maybe a few black bears also :-)

It should also be noted that camping here in mid-late March, sunshine does not arrive at camp until 8:am each morning and it is again shady at 4:pm each day.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha - FR203 Upr #2
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    Another awesome 6 night/7 day vehicle camping and off-trail hike exploratory trip to our Sierra Ancha Wilderness along Cherry Creek Road-FR203. Excellent early Spring temps with no rain at 4000ft elevation (lows in the mid 30's and day highs in the upper 70's to low 80's) with good company, another primo campsite, and a full agenda of interesting hike explorations to do made for a very enjoyable and rewarding trip :)

    This is the fourth year in a row that Larry and I have planned a Spring vehicle camping/hiking trip to the Sierra Ancha. We originally started these March trips in 2013, first camping at the upper end FR235- Billy Lawrence TH and have now progressively worked our way down from the north end of Cherry Creek Rd- FR203. Planning for these yearly and now mostly "off-trail" hike exploration trips begins months ahead of time and includes a significant amount of Google Earth/HAZ- Route Manager prep time mostly credited to our Oregon Hiker.. thank you Larry! and with hopes that Mother Nature will cooperate weather-wise.

    We always plan these week trips with a full agenda of daily hike explorations to hopefully accomplish. This year we had another exciting and demanding trip list of new to us (some known and some questionable), lesser visited ancient Sierra Ancha Indian Ruin Sites. We had 5 to 6 ruin sites on our week agenda. Me being out of shape with little exercise over the past few months, I already knew that I would have to pick and choose carefully what I was going to attempt. As it turned-out I needed to spend 2 of our 5 available hiking days in camp being able to hike the other 3 available days. Larry hiked all 5 of our available full days with Brian (BeeBee) able to join-in with Larry for the most difficult, demanding but rewarding Sat-3/19 "Ken Gates Compound (V-1-200)".

    This vehicle/tent campsite is a nice place to spend a few days.
    (please see my short HAZ Hike Description & our posted photo sets for more confirmation)
    Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha - FR203 Upr #2
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    Simply put-
    I second what our HAZ mnlumberJACK stated in his 11/13 triplog.

    For me, a most enjoyable five Kokopelli rated 40.4 mile road tour with stellar near and distant views within our historic, rugged, and scenic inner Sierra Ancha Wilderness.. very 8)

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    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To car camp trip
    From the Phoenix area- Take Hwy 60E to Globe (at MP247) turn north on HWY 188 towards Roosevelt Lake and drive 14.7 miles (at MP229.4) turn right onto HWY 288 The Young Highway. Drive XX.X miles north on Hwy 288 to the intersection of Hwy 288 at Board Tree Saddle(signed) and FR203 Cherry Creek Road North End. Turn Right (NE) onto FR203 and continue driving ~10+ miles mostly downhill on the FR203 slow, rocky-rough, with some 4WD, High Clearance distance to the Right Turn (West) with unsigned, short uphill camping area at coordinates location: 33.86865 -110.88582

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