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Vine Canyon Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance One Way 12.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,518 feet
Elevation Gain -2,280 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,309 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 23.78
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24  2019-06-08 The_Eagle
21  2019-06-08 joebartels
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author avatar Guides 253
Routes 841
Photos 12,839
Trips 5,243 map ( 26,599 miles )
Age 52 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov
Sun  5:45am - 7:17pm
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Historic Fire Perimeteracres
🔥 2021 Backbone Fire114.9 mi**



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The difficulty rating is for "in-season"
Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov

90+° 8am - 6pm kills

Overview
Named for the many vines in the canyon. Nothing monumental, rather an intriguing value the canyon holds. Several nontechnical down climbs are required to negotiate top to bottom. The balance of the loop visits an Arizona waterpark and seemingly history lost to the nearby allure.


Warning
This is neither a quick route to fossil nor a wise choice for inexperienced off-trail explorers.

Pick Your Poison
We elected CCW, which descends Vine Canyon first. This allows time and distance management of the known territory. If you are unfamiliar with the area I would not recommend this period. CCW is the ticket for stubborn self-sufficient. CW offers the best shade ascending. On the same token that security blanket might turn evil if you encounter mishaps later in the hike.

Hike
With a loaded route or old-school navigation skills ease down into Vine Canyon. Forgiving manzanita through the pines eventually gives to maples. Mountain Mahogany and oaks are lightly in the mix. Poison ivy isn't thick but it's healthier than creekside cousins. Like the vines, it is nourished by the abundant nearby moisture and shade. Catclaw chimes in further down but is barely worth mentioning to anyone that has gone to battle on lower elevation chaparral nightmares.

Easily deciphered rock obstacles in the upper and mid draw through cream limestone and orange Coconino give way to red Supai curves. The steep descent rewards you with nice colored cliffs looking up. Sedona esque with nicer pines.

This cultivating environment sports illegal irrigation activity. The canyon probably has eyes. If you read this far with high hopes of a secret route to fossil you will undoubtedly fair no better than beating your chest on a stroll through East Los Angeles. Beware of bears touring the hood too.

Social Node
Since you've entered Disneyland, hit a couple of rides and tour the fringe. The beginning of the river-volume springs of Fossil Creek is only a mile roundtrip off the true loop. Fossil Creek Dam is just under 2 miles RT. Both are worth a gander if not the highlight for most.

Out
At some point, you gotta leave the alluring clear waterpark. The twist is utilizing a remarkably unnamed trail straight back up. Which our hero The_Eagle has dubbed Nash Pasture Trail.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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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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