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Royal Arch via Point HuitzilNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 27 2013
BiFrost
Canyoneering32.88 Miles 8,609 AEG
Canyoneering32.88 Miles5 Days         
8,609 ft AEG43 LBS Pack
 
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This trip was awesome! Joel and Belinda invited me to join them and a few others and couldn't say no to Royal Arch GC. The route starting at Pasture Wash is as advertised...physical, fun, challenging, and true route finding although there are decent cairns in spots. The first two days was all route and canyoneering down to Royal Arch were we camped on day two. Royal Arch was really cool...great pour off and rock spire next to the arch in the creek bottom....the pics don't do it justice.

Day 3 we hiked out of Royal Arch Canyon and over to the rappel which was short and fun considering the time it took for setup. After the rap we headed down to Toltec Beach for a break where it was getting late in the day. Two of the group decided to make a dash for Elves Chasm while the rest of us headed for camp at Garnett Creek.

Day 4 started out colder and overcast but cleared up later in the day as we followed the Tonto Trail over to South Bass Canyon and camp. Along the way there was no water in Copper Canyon which we were hoping to find. We also had some trouble locating water at South Bass but fortunately found isolated pot holes 10 mins downstream. Previous trip reports mentioned good water in both locations so could be more reliable in spring as opposed to fall.

Last day we awoke to much colder temps and overcast. Almost looked like rain or snow but as we hiked out of the canyon it slowly began to clear. We passed Mount Huethawali and the group discussed doing it as a side hike but decided to press on to the TH with celebratory brews waiting at the vehicle :) Great trip and group....have to go back and do Mount Huethawali and explore the area.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Garnet Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Nice potholes in the bedrock.
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