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Box Canyon - Mogollon Rim, AZ

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Distance Loop 4.79 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,531 feet
Elevation Gain 36 feet
Accumulated Gain 569 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.69
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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17  2020-05-08
Colonels Tunnel to Freds Box
17  2019-05-31 kingsnake
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 95
Routes 223
Photos 9,023
Trips 712 map ( 6,511 miles )
Age 59 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep
Sun  5:33am - 7:29pm
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1 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 RIM 200911.3 mi*
🔥 2017 Bear Fire11.68
🔥 2014 General Fire2.1k
🔥 2009 Rim Fire2.5k
🔥 2009 July 4th Complex Fire3.1k
🔥 View All over Official Route 🔥
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Box Canyon is the named canyon which splits the plateau / ridge formed by General Springs Canyon and Fred Haught Canyon.

It's 2.5 miles from FR 95 to General Springs Canyon, with the middle 50% being the box canyon which gives it its name. The box contains two good-sized pours which are best negotiated to either side due to overhangs. The second is particularly verdant, and most likely to be flowing. The remainder of the box has the usual array of deadfall that must be clambered over or limboed under. Grab & stabs are sparse.

The upper quarter is mild & shallow and spinkled with immature evergreens.

The bottom quarter, emptying into General Springs Canyon, is a narrow cienega where, even if flowing, the creek may be easily crossed dry.

After canyon crawling Box Canyon, the attached route returns to the trailhead via FR 395. You can do a longer loop, ~7.5 miles, by continuing along General Springs Canyon, then taking Fred Haught Canyon back to the trailhead. (Fred Haught is shallow the whole way and has no major obstacles.)

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2019-06-02 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 13 miles, turn left onto FR 95. In another mile, turn left onto FR 395. Park by the fire rings.
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