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Kaiser Hot Spring, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 3.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,094 feet
Elevation Gain -300 feet
Accumulated Gain 300 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2
Kokopelli Seeds 4.9
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Burro Creek
3  2020-11-26 FOTG
15  2020-01-09 kingsnake
25  2013-02-02
Burro Creek-Kaiser Canyon Loop
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 102
Routes 257
Photos 9,646
Trips 759 map ( 6,988 miles )
Age 60 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Sun  5:39am - 7:42pm
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Great Bang for Your Buck!
by kingsnake

Hiking from US-93 to Kaiser Hot Spring is easier than hiking in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. Seriously, anyone without a zimmer frame could do it.

From the trailhead, pass through the gate and under US-93. There is a trail down to the wash. It's a bit slippery, but only 30 ft. and not bad. Once in the wash, follow it west.

The plastic sheet-covered lean-to at 0.9 miles is collapsed to trash.

FR 7519 connects to the wash at 1.0 miles. If you want 3.8 extra miles, and a little more AEG, do a loop up FR 7519. (Technically not a forest road, as this is BLM land.) There are some awesome views from up on that unnamed mesa.

The route has been sandy to this point but is generally hard pack dirt the remainder of the way to Kaiser Hot Spring. Also, the canyon past FR 7519 is SPECTACULAR. Seriously, take your time: Look backward, up & around. It will blow you away.

There are also lots of caves to explore, some without too much climbing.

The hot spring itself is warm, not hot, and fed by a hole in the rock that was gushing water when I was there. The overflow trickles down the canyon another ¼ mile to Burro Creek. Past the hot spring, there are "No Trespassing" signs for what appears to be a current mining operation. (Though no one was present when I visited.)

Kaiser Hot Spring itself is not large, but it is safe & soft to walk in without shoes. It is calf-deep, so you can sit in it & soak, but not swim.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2020-01-10 kingsnake
    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
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From Wickenburg, drive north on US-93 for ~63 miles to mile marker 135, just over the second big bridge. There is a highway crossover there. Turn right (east), onto the unnumbered dirt road. In a few hundred yards, turn left before the gate, then park. This way is bumpy, but car accessible.

    4x4 Alternates: A) At mile marker 134.5, southbound US-93 only, there is a dirt road to the right (west). The 80 ft. road up is steep, but not bad. At the top, turning left is 4x4 HC and with several tricky spots. It is 1.7 miles to the creek bottom. B) Or, at the top, continue west on FR 7519, which has some rough spots, but is not bad. Kinda like FR 172 to Rogers Trough TH. It is 2.1 miles to the creek bottom. The creek bottom road is being maintained by the Burro Creek Mine operation.
    page created by kingsnake on Jan 10 2020 8:20 am
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