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El Recortado - Route #2, AZ

AZ > Phoenix > Mesa NE
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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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Distance One Way 1.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,662 feet
Elevation Gain 745 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.38
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Peak
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22  2010-03-06 ssk44
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,859
Routes 16,170
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 23 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Apr, May
Sun  5:25am - 7:38pm
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by HAZ_Hikebot

El Recortado is a wild and seldom visited area in the hills above Canyon Lake. Route #2 follows an unnamed canyon though a stunning hidden basin and ends at a high overlook above Canyon Lake. A truly special destination. Cat-claw is light to moderate. See maps for route description.

A gatekeeper waterfall situated about 150 feet above the shore of Canyon Lake protects the initial canyon. Access is a bypass from the west.

Cliffs surround the basin with elevated shelves on both sides of the canyon bottom. Carefully hike along the elevated shelves or follow the creek. Every thirty yards literally reveals something cool to explore. The finally is a killer overlook situated high above Canyon Lake with epic views of the surrounding area.

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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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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To canyon trip
From Mesa take Highway 88 (Apache Trail) to Canyon Lake. Purchase a Tonto Pass before heading out to the lake. With kayaks, put in at either the picnic area or the main boat ramp. Paddle approximately 2.3 miles up-lake to the designated trailhead (TH Lat. 33 degrees/33'/36.89"/N & Long. 111 degrees/25'/03.12"/W). Shoreline access is good, however not suitable for powerboats.
page created by ssk44 on Mar 06 2010 10:02 pm
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