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West Leonard Canyon, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance Loop 9.69 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,853 feet
Elevation Gain -564 feet
Accumulated Gain 712 feet
Avg Time One Way 4.5
Kokopelli Seeds 12.06
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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20  2022-09-15 kingsnake
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Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Sun  7:12am - 5:15pm
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🔥 2017 Highline Fire89.4k
🔥 1990 Dude Fire21.4k
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Not as bad as I expected
by kingsnake

Overview
West Leonard Canyon is an eight-mile-long canyon, located on the Mogollon Rim between Hospital Ridge and Knoll Ridge. West Leonard Canyon starts on Rim Rd. at Lost Lake, draining north — as do all top of the Rim canyons. At five miles, Middle Leonard Canyon empties into it. At eight miles, West Leonard Canyon joins with East Leonard Canyon to form, simply, Leonard Canyon, which eventually empties into East Clear Creek at Leonard Point.


Hike
The canyon bottom is literally 100 ft. away and 10 ft. down from the trailhead. Nearly direct access.

The hike is 2¾ miles of relatively mild canyon bottom, followed by 1⅓ miles of meadow walking, then another 1⅓ miles of rockier, more congested, canyon bottom. All deadfall was easily avoided. (Unlike Middle Leonard Canyon, which had some tricky bits.) Climbing out is 190 ft. in ¼ mile, then ⅔ mile mellow cross-country, and finally 3½ miles on FR 300H back to the trailhead.


If you want to make a loop of Middle and West Leonard, I would go down Middle, then up West.

Warning
The canyon obviously experiences flash floods -- corn lily bent flat -- so avoid in rain. If you do find yourself in the canyon in rain, there are several caves 20 ft. above the canyon bottom, just under a mile from the trailhead. Potential bail points are marked (x) on the Official GPS route.

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2022-09-17 kingsnake

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    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    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 / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Phoenix, head north on AZ-87, the Beeline Highway, into Payson. West Leonard Canyon is dead center on Rim Rd. So, the time from Payson to West Leonard Canyon is the same whether you drive north through Pine and Strawberry, then east on Rim Rd., or if you drive east on AZ-260, then west on Rim Rd. I did the latter, to avoid blinding early morning glare driving east on Rim Rd: Drive east on AZ-260 for 29 miles. After cresting the Mogollon Rim, take the first left onto FR 300 / Rim Rd. In 3.2 miles, at the Woods Canyon Lake intersection, Rim Rd. changes to car-drivable dirt. 9.4 miles from AZ-260 is a t-intersection. Turn left. (Right is FR 34 to Winslow.) In 12.0 miles, a mile past the Knoll Lake turnoff, turn right onto FR 300H. Park as soon as you find a good spot.
    page created by kingsnake on Sep 17 2022 6:10 pm
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