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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  2019-05-31 kingsnake
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 79
Routes 177
Photos 7,764
Trips 627 ( 5,829 miles )
Age 57 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Sun  5:12am - 7:39pm
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by kingsnake

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

    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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    Directions
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    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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