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Dry Lake/Nantac Rim, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 7,000 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.67
Backpack Yes
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Natanes Mountains
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25  2007-07-29 Randal_Schulhaus
26  2006-10-13 aaronhales
Author aaronhales
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Trips 7 map ( 47 miles )
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Location Chandler, AZ
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San Carlos Reservation
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Where is this? the Yukon?!
by aaronhales

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Vast, pristine, and seldom-visited. That's how I'd describe the area of the Nantac Rim east of Globe on the San Carlos Indian Reservation. Having seen this area on my topo maps and identifying it as probably the most significant escarpment besides the Mogollon Rim in Arizona, I figured this would be an interesting area to visit.

I was right.

Rising an abrupt 2000 feet, the top of the Rim provides a lush, stark contrast to the plains below. My particular destination today was the Dry Lake area on top of the Rim. The access road to this area off the well-graded gravel road to the Point of Pines lake is definitely an high clearance experience. Although 4x4 would be preferred, my 2WD 4-Runner did just fine (and it was even raining heavily). As you can see from the photos, Dry Lake was anything but dry... in fact it's rarely ever dry and well stocked with fish from what I hear. I had attempted to hike to the edge of the Rim from the Dry Lake area, but was running out of daylight to make the complete trip. Alas, it will have to wait for another time. However due to the rainstorms that day, there was a torrent of water EVERWHERE that was really quite spectacular. Be sure on your way out (or way in) to make small detour to the Dry Lake lookout tower. The views from there are expansive!

Besides the views, one interesting thing to note on your ascent of the Rim is small Indian ruin on the left-side of road. You can find this ruin by stopping at the second scenic view pull-out and walking up the road 50 feet. It'll be on your left.

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2006-10-13 aaronhales

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Dry Lake/Nantac Rim
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    Natanes Mountains
    Met up with Team Buford™ for a holiday weekend in the pines. Never been up here before and I can say it's definitely somewhere I need to revisit. Endless views in every direction, an easy drive, and the kind of people-density I can live with. :y:
    Dry Lake/Nantac Rim
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    A 365 mile "day trip" with Mike Mattes. This was a first for both of us venturing onto this reservation. Purchased our San Carlos Apache Tribe 1-day recreation permit from the Circle-K in Globe for $10 (NOTE: only available at the exteme east end of town Circle-K, north side of SR70 about a quarter mile east beyond the junction with SR60). Great to get out of the heat of the valley with highs around Point-of-Pines Lake and Dry Lake only reaching the mid to upper 70's.

    Explored the ruins along Nantac Rim, Cienega Creek, and the Point-of-Pines Field School.

    We even got a chance to climb up the Forest Ranger watch tower near Dry Lake. Spectacular 360 degree views from this vantage point! The day ended around 3pm as we were chased out of the forest by an approaching monsoon storm...
    Dry Lake/Nantac Rim
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    A 365 mile "day trip" with Mike Mattes. This was a first for both of us venturing onto this reservation. Purchased our San Carlos Apache Tribe 1-day recreation permit from the Circle-K in Globe for $10 (NOTE: only available at the exteme east end of town Circle-K, north side of SR70 about a quarter mile east beyond the junction with SR60). Great to get out of the heat of the valley with highs around Dry Lake only reaching the mid to upper 70's.

    We got a chance to climb up the Forest Ranger watch tower. Spectacular 360 degree views from this vantage point! After exploring the shores of dry lake, we attempted the 4WD trails towards the edge of Nantac Rim. Almost none of these roads appear on any of our maps, including an updated GPS topo. Let's just say navigation was difficult and we had to back-track...

    Day ended around 3pm as we were chased out of the forest by an approaching monsoon storm.

    We also combined this hike with Point-of-Pines Lake and Ruins. This was a quest to re-discover Emil Haury's Archeological Field School and some of his early site excavations at Cienega Creek and Point-of-Pines. Stay tuned for a new hike description when I get some time later in the week...

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    San Carlos Indian Reservation Recreation Permit required.
    Price, info & locations at San Carlos - Permits


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    Access to the Dry Lake area is found by taking Indian Route 8 (all paved) off HWY 70 about 4 miles east of Peridot. You follow this road for about 40 miles before it begins it's ascent from the 5000 foot plain below the rim. After ascending the Rim, it will turn North (now Indian Route 11). After a few miles you will see the turnout on your left for the the Point of Pines access road. Take this road and you will soon come across a fork and sign for Dry Lake. Take the right fork to Dry Lake . The left fork continues on to Point of Pines Lake.
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