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Copper Cactus Ranch Loop, AZ

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Distance Loop 5.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,198 feet
Elevation Gain 237 feet
Accumulated Gain 389 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 7.05
Interest Off-Trail Hiking
Backpack TBD
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11  2020-02-29 cdeperro
Author cdeperro
author avatar Guides 3
Routes 40
Photos 666
Trips 40 map ( 191 miles )
Age 50 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:12am - 6:23pm
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🔥 2020 Sawtooth Fire24.7k

Warning the 2019 Woodbury Fire & 2020 Sawtooth Fire damaged a majority of the Superstition Wilderness.
For CCR guest who can route find with GPS
by cdeperro

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You can only do this loop if you're a Copper Cactus Ranch guest.

This hike is a great 5-mile loop from the private Copper Cactus Ranch, through canyons, and partially on a dirt road. A good portion of it is across their private property (and directly through the guest area).

There is one instance of barbed wire, but it is easy to get under (marked with an orange tag). And please send this route to the Route Scout app to follow since most of this hike is in washes, and there are no trail markers, except the blue stones on the portion of the hike on Copper Cactus Ranch.

This hike is all in wash corridors except for the portion on a little-used road. There isn't a lot of actual trail to follow, and you need to know which washes to follow. But the canyon is beautiful, with some wonderful rock formations, cacti, and water if it's been a rainy winter. There is one point where you'll come across a barbed wire fence across the wash. When we hiked this, an orange tag was on the portion of the fence that was easiest to get under, and it wasn't that difficult. The fence is to keep cattle in/out (you may find cowpies on this hike) due to the ranching in the area. When it's been wet, this has some beautiful streams and pools, though not many cascades.

We hiked this clockwise, and I'd recommend that otherwise, you may be walking into the sun downcanyon for much of the way back. Leave CCR to the west, past the pool, and come back by Elephant Butte, which btw is private and likely you can't get up there without getting in trouble with the property owner :)

Don't miss the stunning views north when walking back on the road! I think it's Robber's Roost you can see.

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2020-03-09 cdeperro
    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 / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From US 60 east of Florence Junction (SR 87), turn left on Queen Valley Road and take that into Queen Valley. At the pond, turn right, then follow the road to a sharp left around the golf course's edge. This is Elephant Butte Road. Follow that, staying to the left at forks and looking for rocks emblazoned with "CCR."
    Remember, if you're not a paying guest, you can't do this loop.
    page created by cdeperro on Mar 09 2020 8:10 pm
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