Chino Spring Road from North, AZ | HikeArizona

Chino Spring Road from North, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,405 feet
Elevation Gain 400 feet
Accumulated Gain 400 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2-3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7
Interest Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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1  2018-12-24 freewilley
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Trips 2 map ( 8 miles )
Age 66 Male Gender
Location rio rico, az
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Sun  6:18am - 6:08pm
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walk to rocky pools
by freewilley

Old FSR road until the last 100 yards. Really a pretty spot with flat rocks and water at the end.

Find a large open area before the gate where you can park. Hike through the gate, walk toward Elephant Head, and at about 10 or 15 minutes in, the road forks. Take the right fork (FR4073). Continue for a total of about 45 minutes, and you will see a large sign on the right side indicating that Chino Canyon is straight ahead and that Madera Canyon is to the left ( Madera Nature Trail #88 -- see notes for that hike). Elephant Head Mountain is now directly to your left front. This is the entrance to Chino Canyon. As you continue straight ahead on FR 4073, you will pass two roads off to your left side. These lead to dead-end campsites among oak tree clusters nestled up against Elephant Head. Either of these will make good lunch stops, but an even better one awaits farther up the trail.

After a total of about 1 ¼ hours (2.5 miles), the road forks. FR 4073 continues off to the right down across a wash/creek and proceeds farther up Chino Canyon. Unless you plan on hiking deeper into Chino Canyon, take the left fork and continue for about 5 or 10 minutes toward a box canyon. The road becomes a trail paralleling the wash/creek that FR 4073 crosses. Keep the wash to your right and Elephant Head to your left, and then do some mild bushwhacking to the right to reach a small waterfall (during the rainy season) and an outcropping of flat rocks with pools of water among them. This is a good lunch spot directly under Elephant Head mountain. Then hike back out the way you came in. This hike is over a mildly inclining road that includes both rocky and sandy stretches. The rugged mountain views and rolling hillsides as you approach Elephant Head Mountain and then travel into the Canyon are fantastic. If you want to extend the hike either before or after your lunch-break, stay/turn south onto FR4073 and continue uphill for about 45 minutes (approximately 1 ¼ miles) to the ruins of an old mine mill site.

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Almost always at pool


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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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2022-02-16 freewilley
    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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    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From I-19, exit at Arivaca Road, go north on the eastside Frontage Road and then turn east on Elephant Head Road. Continue for about 1 ½ miles to the end where it veers left and becomes Canoa Road. Continue north on Canoa Road for about 2 miles to Hawk Road and turn right. Continue 2 miles to the end of the paved road and take the 2nd right turn (dirt road) at the cul-de-sac. Travel 1 ½ miles east on the dirt road (high clearance vehicle is recommended) where you will come to a large open area before a gate where you can park.
    page created by freewilley on Feb 16 2022 3:18 pm

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