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Hot Rock Mountain Gem
A sweet natural arch. The Belmont Mountains is a mountain range in the northern Sonoran Desert about 50 miles west of Phoenix and north of I-10. The dirt roads tend to be a bit confusing, but you can park within a little over 1/2 mile of the arch with a high clearance vehicle. It has a span of 23ft and a height of 20ft.
Park at N33.61445 W112.93601. Proceed on foot, east into the mighty Sonoran Desert; there is no trail. You will cross a couple of washes with inclines. Once thru those, make your way up the steep and somewhat rocky face keeping the ridgeline to your left. Just under the 1/2 mile mark, give or take, you should then see a family of 5 saguaros tightly clustered. Keep looking up above them as only then the arch reveals itself. From there, it's a rock scramble up to the shelf and into the arch location.
The area is full of loose rock and scree. Be careful as it is a steep climb up. Snakes, scorpions, heat, lack of water, and twisting an ankle are typical dangers. Pitfall Harry rates the adventure as moderate for the prepared. The area is void of quicksand, tarpits, rolling logs, and crocodiles.
You will be parking on the side of the road that is traveled by ATV's etc. Reading the directions might save time and headache vs auto-routing the drive.
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