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Canyon Lake Massif - Peak 2276, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 1.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,810 feet
Elevation Gain 480 feet
Accumulated Gain 551 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1-2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.66
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Author joebartels
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Age 50 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Nov, Mar, Apr → 5 PM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  7:07am - 5:19pm
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Cool breeze
by joebartels

Likely In-Season!
This easy hike takes you to the edge of Canyon Lake's favorite sheer wall mountain. If you've been to the lake you've likely tilted your head, rested your index finger on your lower lip while pondering this beauty. Would you believe it's easier to attain then the half-way point on Piestewa or Camelback? It is, so head on up!

This is not an official trail so park, jump out and start scaling the wall! Old school brother! Hand over hand and don't look down. Okay, the only truth being this is not an official trail... a power-line service-road immediately spurs off to the right heading smack dab to a saddle in the mountain. It doesn't get much easier. Head on up. The only caution would be on the incline. Beware of the somewhat loose footing.

Upon reaching the saddle, head up right and out a tad. You'll pick up a use-trail without much effort. It's a short lived huffer up the edge. On top you'll be lured in over the edge. Keep heading up. This is a nice walk up the ridge along a sheer drop but the best views are further out. Continue up and you'll be lured to another subtle hill. Be careful when you get to the edge as the wind can gust unexpectedly off the lake. The cliff is about 600 feet. It's noticeably cooler on the edge if there's a breeze.

Return by the same way. Hike is not recommended for children or dogs as there's a fair amount of cholla needles. This makes a fabulous sunset hike if you come equipped with flash lights. The sun glares off the lake in the morning to mid day. I saw one faded glyph in the line of travel.

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2006-11-29 joebartels
    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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    Hike starts from the junction of SR88 and Mormon Flat Dam road. Since the road isn't marked nor is it really called that you're screwed! Just kidding. You can't miss it. It's the road heading behind the massive rock formation. It's the turnoff before headind down to the lake. It looks rights, it feels right, you can't miss it. A service road immediately spurs off right heading to the power lines. The service road is your trail up. You could 4x4 it up, but suck it up and hike a half mile before you die, it won't kill you.

    10/15/08 Kanode writes: The 4x4 service road is now closed to vehicles by an earthern berm.
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