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Zigzag Canyon, AZ

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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,883 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,000 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4
Kokopelli Seeds 8.4
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Seasonal Waterfall
 Dogs not allowed
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9  2021-11-07 Heliops
4  2016-02-03 Outdooraddict
15  2011-12-18 Vaporman
21  2011-02-21 suzaz
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Trips 14 map ( 112 miles )
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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major drop 190'
by Heliops & Vaporman

 Likely In-Season!
ZigZag is now broken up into 4 drops; the first is about 90' into a small alcove. To find the first anchor, cross the drainage and go up and look for the chains. It's helpful if the first person down takes a rope to rig the second rappel which is 190'. With the second drop rigged, you can easily sequence the rest of the group through this alcove to avoid overcrowding. Depending on group size, this is a fairly large alcove and will hold your typical group (6-8) if necessary. For the third rappel, make your way canyon right and look for the chains, not the webbing. This drop is roughly 70’ and will drop you down to a nice flat section where the final drop measuring roughly 170’ can be rigged. This canyon warrants the use of a PSA, due to the fact you're always close to the edge. Once down, head for the road.
The exit is now hiking up Fish Creek hill to the lookout at the top. I recommend having a shuttle vehicle to get back to the trailhead from the lookout. The hike back up the road is 2.5 miles and 1000 feet of elevation gain.

From Tortilla TH, walk south on FR213 and drop into the 2nd or 3rd side drainage on the east side. The 4th thru 8th drainages will put you into Minnow Canyon. This canyon has loads of bushwhacking thru catclaw, mesquite, and cactus with some light down climbing before you soon arrive at a major 140-160ft drop with 2 shinny bolts to run some webbing thru. I'm guessing you'd need about 50-60ft of webbing just so you have a clean rope pull since the bolts are back and around a bend. There's also a second drop below this one that's 100-120ft that has some large boulders you can anchor from. You should have a shuttle set up below at Fish Creek Bridge, hitch a ridge, or do a 2-mile road walk back to your ride. Enjoy!

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2018-07-14 Heliops & Vaporman
    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 canyon trip
    Tortilla TH: About 8 miles east of Tortilla Flat on highway AZ88.
    page created by Vaporman on Jan 09 2010 8:47 pm

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