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McCarty Draw, AZ

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Distance Loop 6.88 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,178 feet
Elevation Gain 28 feet
Accumulated Gain 463 feet
Avg Time One Way 3.0
Kokopelli Seeds 8.42
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Seasonal Waterfall
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15  2018-07-13 kingsnake
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 94
Routes 218
Photos 8,963
Trips 708 map ( 6,474 miles )
Age 59 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:13am - 7:41pm
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by kingsnake

McCarty Draw is a shallow terrain feature located just east of FR 141, halfway between FR 300 / Rim Rd. and AZ-87. McCarty Ridge forms it's north slope. The next canyon south is Miller Canyon. McCarty Draw empties into Miller Canyon about 1.5 miles before Miller empties into East Clear Creek.

Unlike other nearby canyons -- such as East Miller Canyon and Crackerbox Canyon -- McCarty Draw is mellow hiking its entire length. It would not be difficult to hike the very bottom line the entire three miles: What deadfall there is is small or easily avoided. There are no grab & stabs, or undergrowth. The one barbwire fence is easily crossed. The only obstacle is a small pourover about a quarter mile before Miller Canyon.

At the intersection with McCarty Draw, and for a mile southeast, Miller Canyon is wide & gravelly, with no obstacles.

At the bottom of McCarty Draw, you have some options:

1) Turn around & head right back up draw (6.0 mi., 375 AEG).

2) Head southeast, up the canyon slope, then loop back on FR 141E ( 6.5mi., 450 AEG).

3) Head east in Miller Canyon, then take the unnamed canyon up to FR 141E, and back to the TH (6.9 mi., 470 AEG). This is the route I took, and features the awesome big pour / small waterfall (if water is running).

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2018-07-15 kingsnake

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    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
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Phoenix, head north on AZ-87, the Beeline Highway, through Payson, Pine and Strawberry. (Alternately, take I-17 north, then AZ-260 east.) 2.6 miles north of AZ-260, turn right onto Rim Rd. / FR 300. Rim Rd. is dirt and, at its western end, twisty and very bumpy. I would not do it in a car. In 7.4 miles, make a sharp left onto FR 141. After 5.8 miles on FR 141, turn right onto FR 141E. In a .25 miles, park on the left. When leaving, you can either head back the way you came, or continue north, then west, on FR 141 for 6.4 miles to AZ-87 in Long Valley.
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