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Walnut Canyon Loop via Sandy Canyon Trl, AZ
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Walnut Canyon Loop via Sandy Canyon Trl, AZ 
Walnut Canyon Loop via Sandy Canyon Trl, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking22.21 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking22.21 Miles   11 Hrs   53 Mns   2.14 mph
2,600 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Since the first time I was in the Walnut Canyon area, I'd always wondered what it would take to get back towards the National Monument via the canyon on. After numerous delays, and with a willing participant, today was the day.

The plan was to start at the Canyon Vista Campground TH off Lake Mary Rd, down Sandy Canyon Trail, hop on AZ #31, hit Walnut Canyon just past the alcove, attempt to make the Walnut Canyon National Monument Border, climb out of the canyon and loop back on AZT#31. I figured it was 20ish miles depending on what route we could get out of the canyon. Joe was bright eyed, had a positive attitude and raring to go.

The hike started at a comfortable 61 and didn't hit 80 until we ultimately climbed out of the Canyon. We had some light rain between 10a and 1pm. Just enough to get the foliage and us wet.

2.5 Miles - Sandy Canyon Trail to the alcove under Fisher Point. Easy, pretty, meadow with flowers between the Canyon walls. I like this area.

3.0 miles - to the Cave. Light used trail leads south to the entrance.

11.25 miles - to the National Monument border. The trail goes the entire length. I have to qualify that even though there is a trail there, in spots it is next to near impossible to follow. The brush gets thick...real thick in spots. You can get through the canyon if you pick you routes carefully. After about 1.5 miles past the Cave, the trail is more than likely there due to animal traffic. Other than birds down there, we spotted lot of Elk sign, some bear sign, a small sleeping snake, and a skunk that we were lucky enough to pass 15' from without incident. The Walnut Creek National Monument Border is marked with a small sign on a tree, and 50 yards farther down, by a old broken down t wire fence. At this point we turned around an found our route north out of the canyon.

12 miles - Out of the canyon - Joe found a nice route out that appeared to carry moderate Elk traffic.

13 miles - Finally on a real trail (AZT#31)

18.5 miles - Fisher Point overlook. I never get tired of the view from up there.

22.2 - Back to the truck just after sunset.

Thanks for joining me on this one Joe.
Now you can take me to see Jesus.
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