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Dry Lake/Nantac Rim, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
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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15  2015-05-24
Natanes Mountains
25  2007-07-29 Randal_Schulhaus
26  2006-10-13 aaronhales
Associated Areas
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San Carlos Reservation
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep → 8 AM
Sun  6:53am - 5:16pm
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Nearby Area Water
Point of Pines Lake Trail
Point of Pines Lake Trail
2.8 mi away
1.7 mi
78 ft
Point-of-Pines Ruins
Point-of-Pines Ruins
5.8 mi away
6.0 mi
1,534 ft
Lost Basin - Black River
Lost Basin - Black River
10.6 mi away
Whites Crossing - Black River
Whites Crossing - Black River
15.0 mi away
Willow Mountain Fire Lookout - Former
Willow Mountain Fire Lookout - Former
16.2 mi away
1.0 mi
400 ft
Wooden Crossing - Black River
Wooden Crossing - Black River
21.9 mi away
Black Hills Arch
Black Hills Arch
21.9 mi away
6.0 mi
690 ft
Honeymoon Campground
22.5 mi away
Sawmill Cabin via East Eagle Trail #33
Sawmill Cabin via East Eagle Trail #33
22.6 mi away
5.0 mi
500 ft
Crystal Canyon
Crystal Canyon
22.8 mi away
6.5 mi
700 ft
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Where is this? the Yukon?!
by aaronhales

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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    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.

    Permit $$
    San Carlos Indian Reservation Recreation Permit required.
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    Info is below 'Directions to trail'

    To hike
    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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