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Virgus Canyon (Upper) - via Rug Road, AZ

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Guide 6 Triplogs  1 Topic
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,519 feet
Elevation Gain -165 feet
Accumulated Gain 752 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 7.66
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Historic & Seasonal Creek
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12  2014-11-26
Parsons Virgus Negro Henry
40  2014-11-26
Parsons Virgus Negro Henry
20  2009-05-17 Grasshopper
2  2009-05-17 ssk44
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Apr, Oct
Sun  6:55am - 5:19pm
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Likely In-Season!
Virgus Canyon (Upper) - via Rug Road is a 3.9 mile round trip hike with 752 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 45 miles west of Safford Arizona. A high clearance 4x4 vehicle and a competent driver is recommended to access the trailhead. March and November are the best months to enjoy this hike. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.

Overview: This lush, reparian, and remote canyon which the "Rug Road" crosses, offers a great location for a backpack campsite (only 1 mile hike from the TH Start location) and/or a remote off-trail canyon dayhike; This canyon has a seasonal creek with large sycamore trees, a historic cabin- Virgus Cabin & Corrals, and also has a perennial spring which is located only 100 yards behind the old Virgus Cabin;

    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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    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    From the Phoenix area: TH Start for this hike and/or backpack begins 18 miles in from Mammoth,AZ, at the "primary campsite" location as described in HAZ hike description: "Rug Road-Mammoth to Klondyke to Hwy 70" (See this hike description and associated driving directions for all pertinent details);
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