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The Eagles Eye - New Water Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
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Distance One Way 2.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,843 feet
Elevation Gain 564 feet
Accumulated Gain 607 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.12
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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5  2022-03-12 GrangerGuy
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New Water Mountains Wilderness
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Routes 69
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Trips 49 map ( 571 miles )
Age 65 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Seasons   Winter to Early Spring
Sun  6:27am - 6:26pm
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Short but challenging
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Overview
The Eagles Eye is a prominent arch that can be seen from I-10 between about MP 35 to MP 40. The hike is short but has just enough scrambling and drop-offs to get the adrenaline flowing. There are a few tricky spots where one should pay attention on this cross-country hike.

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From the wilderness boundary at the end of BLM road 0046, the route follows a sandy wash. In pre-wilderness days, this was a continuation of the jeep road. At one point the wash gets too narrow for a jeep, and you can vaguely spot where the old 4WD route goes up and around to the southwest.

At about one mile, look for a cairn on the left. Just beyond, there is a wash coming in from the left, which will be your route for a while. Immediately there is a waterfall in that wash which is steep, but do-able climbing. Alternatively, at the cairn, there is a short trail that goes around the waterfall. If you follow the trail, don’t get carried away and continue up the ridge.

Continue in the wash about a quarter mile, and you will come to Hidden Tank in a canyon coming in from the right. It is quite pretty. There is a marker there, as well as an official-looking wildlife camera. It is a pretty cool little place. The route continues in the wash flowing into this tank. When Chumley hiked this in 2018, it looks like he walked right through the tank, but for those with an aversion to getting their feet wet, there is a workaround.

To stay dry, continue up the wash heading due north about 100 yards. Where the trees clog the wash, look for cairns and a bit of a path heading steeply up the side of the ridge. Follow the way trail up the ridge and then back down to the wash, coming out just above Hidden Tank. Turn left and head up the wash.

Just when you think the going is easy, the wash abruptly ends in a cirque with a waterfall. Just to the left of the waterfall going upstream is a straightforward scramble up the bank. On the way back, you might be tempted to explore several scrambles down, some of which are marked by huge cairns, but none are any easier than this.

Continue following the wash to a pass, and here is where the adrenaline may start flowing. The Eagles Eye is close, but there are several little scrambles yet to go, traverses along scree-filled slopes, and sufficient cholla to get you in trouble. Bear around the tops of the washes to your right, and in a few minutes, you will be sitting in the center of the eye.

After signing the log and enjoying your triumph, follow the same route back.

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2022-03-13 GrangerGuy

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

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    To hike
    From Phoenix, take I-10 west to Exit 31, then I-60 back toward Prescott and Wickenburg. Go for 3 miles, and turn south on the good dirt Ramsey Mine Road (BLM 0053). Just before the sign indicating the end of county maintenance, BLM 0053 turns left and begins to deteriorate. Continue east as BLM 0053 turns into BLM 0047. It is not obvious where this occurs. Stay on BLM 0047, avoiding numerous side roads, until it turns south. Bear right on 0047J which stays close to the cliffs, and follow it south to 0046. Take 0046 to the wilderness boundary. A GPS route has been loaded. Once leaving US 60, plan on 1 hour and 45 minutes to the trailhead.
    page created by chumley on Mar 13 2022 10:05 am
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