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East Cactus Plain Ramble, AZ

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Distance Loop 10 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,223 feet
Elevation Gain 150 feet
Accumulated Gain 354 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.77
Interest Off-Trail Hiking
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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9  2022-03-05 GrangerGuy
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:29am - 6:23pm
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Like Alice, you can fall down the rabbit hole
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Overview
The East Cactus Plain Wilderness is the part of the East Cactus Plain east and north of the CAP canal. It has a very unusual crescent dune topography, but the dunes are never more than about 10 feet high. It can be explored for an hour or a day. Likely you won’t see anyone else here.


Hike
There are no trails in this wilderness and few animal paths. Travel in any direction, on any route, is equally easy. The official route is a 10-mile triangle, but you could pick your route. You can’t get lost here.

The route starts at the parking area and information kiosk at the south corner of the wilderness. It heads initially north, about 345°, toward Planet Peak, about 10 miles away. Planet Peak makes a good marker to keep you going in the same direction.


After about 4.5 miles, the route makes a sharp right turn and heads straight toward Harcuvar Peak, about 20 miles away. Take this bearing, at about 120°, for 2.5 miles. Then close the loop by hiking straight back toward your car, at about 200°.

Warning
The entire wilderness is covered with rabbit warrens. These are sufficiently close to the surface that breaking through the top as you walk is a common experience. Usually, you will bottom out with a jolt no more than a foot down, but sometimes you may go in past your knees. It is reminiscent of hiking over snow bridges in the spring in the mountains, except you don’t get wet when you fall in. The rabbits' nest on the top of the dunes, so you need to pay attention as you cross each one, and hiking along the tops of the dunes is a really bad idea. Most of the dens seemed to be abandoned.


Other dens are probably occupied by coyotes. There is evidence this place has been coyote restaurant.

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2022-03-06 GrangerGuy
    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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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Phoenix, take I-10 west to exit 45, Vicksburg Road, and head north to Vicksburg, where you turn left on AZ-72. Follow AZ-72 to Bouse. From the center of Bouse, take Main Street right over the tracks, then turn left on Rayder Avenue, which becomes Swansea Road and becomes dirt. Follow Swansea Road 7.4 miles to the point where it crosses the CAP canal. Shortly past the canal is a parking area and information kiosk, a good place to leave your car for the explore.
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