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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
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Author joebartels
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Age 49 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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by joebartels

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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    Canyon Lake Massif - Peak 2276
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    A quick hike up the hill to catch a sunrise. I drove my truck all the way to the end of the Jeep road. That was pretty rough. That's one good "gully washer" away from not doing that again.

    The clouds looked promising as I was driving to the lake. Not quite the color show I was hoping for, but anytime you can catch a sunrise in the Supes, it's a treat. Not another soul in sight for the sunrise. A couple of young folks came up as the sun was already up. I rarely see anyone up here for the sunrise.

    I hiked down to eastern edge of the cliff to get some pictures. I saw a bald eagle flying near the dam inlet, but it was out of site before I could raise up my camera. Lots of people on the lake early.

    As I was starting my hike back to the truck, a group of 6 turkey buzzards started circling me. They got pretty close and a few were giving me the eye. I guess from up in the air, I look like I am ready to drop?? ha ha Sorry buzzards, you will have to find another meal, I lived to hike another day.

    I had thought about hitting the Horns of Dilemma afterwards, but I did not want to push my luck with my hurt ankle. A few miles up, around and down this one was enough. Always a nice place to visit with wonderful views.
    Canyon Lake Massif - Peak 2276
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    I last did this one on Easter morning earlier this year. Not a cloud in sight on that morning. Today, Mother Nature put on a light show for me.

    This cool little hike packs in the views. I would recommend this hike to anyone with out of state visitors....the view from the top is great, no matter what time or conditions.

    The road going up is still as rough as ever. I parked my "off-road" Honda Civic by the mailbox and hiked up. Seeing all the tire tracks going up, it makes me wonder if it even worth taking a Jeep or truck up there. ha ha.

    Once on top, the views are awesome, of course. The colors did not last as the sun nestled behind the low cloud cover. But, for about 30 minutes, there was quite a demonstration. Probably all that ozone and air pollution added to it. Gotta love AZ sunrises/sunsets.

    Canyon Lake Massif - Peak 2276
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    Got to the trailhead at about 4pm. Followed the trail around to the back of the cliff then went up. Kinda steep, not too bad though but kicked a cactus up into my calf and had to use a stick to get it out. Very nice view of the dam once you get to the top of the climb. Follow the ridge all the way out to the end of the cliff. Great views of the lake especially at sunset. Sat up there and took some pictures and just relaxed for about a half hour before heading back to the truck. Was a very nice after work hike, only took an hour and 45 minutes to get up and back, including sitting around at the top for a while. Definitely recommended if you wanna get out of Phoenix for a little bit and aren't looking for a very time consuming hike. Also the views at sunset are awesome, I'll put up some of the pics I took.
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    Headed over to Black Cross Butte. It was unexpectedly cold and windy at 11am so we decided to try another.

    Astounded water is still flowing over the road at Tortilla Flats.

    Passing Canyon Lake the wind died so we opted for this quick gem. Drove further in than the posted hike.

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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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