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White Canyon via Wood CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking7.20 Miles 2,110 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   1.33 mph
2,110 ft AEG      15 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Tracey had Christmas Eve Day off so she it went like so...
"Let's do a scenic hike, you know, something like White Canyon?"
To which I replied "Well it's been over two years since we last hiked out that way so why not?"
Then Tracey asked "But that's a lot of boulder-hopping, isn't it?"
"Ok, so let's hike in from Wood Canyon" and that was that.

The drive to the trailhead along old FR1039 was every bit as rough as two years ago, no wait... actually it was worse. but eventually the drive ended and we set off on foot. It appeared there had been recent equestrian traffic along the trail while in Wood Canyon so route finding was a breeze.
:)
After reaching the 'Y' where we veered left the trail pretty well died off, with bits and pieces of faint game trails popping up every once in a while. But with my GPS track of two years ago it was just a matter of winding this way instead of that way around a thorny or overgrown spot.

It was pretty obvious there had been very little traffic, game or otherwise in a long time as brush was overgrowing the trail in many areas. Unlike the herds we saw two years ago, this trip we found absolutely no evidence of any javelina... all the prickly-pear cacti were intact. In fact, we would not see any evidence of ANY game during the whole hike.
:(
Once in the White Canyon Wilderness we continued along the same route as before, bypassing two tall pour-offs as before until reaching the last intersection of washes that fed into White Canyon from the east. At that point we ate lunch and took a 15 minute nap. Laying back on the bare rock and with the sun warming us in such scenic and peaceful surroundings it was the best Christmas present one could ask for!
:y:
After lunch & nap we wandered around a bit then set off on the return trip. But let's try another route to avoid climbing around the pour-offs. So we did. Only the next day would Tracey wonder why she felt so tired... well, uh, on our return leg we climbed way higher to avoid the pour-offs than we would have otherwise, the end result being we had almost a thousand feet more AEG more than this hike two years ago.
](*,)
Funny how I managed to slip in some extra AEG on our hikes... :whistle:
Ok, not so funny for Tracey, but still being a working gal while I'm out hiking, she doesn't get as much practice as I do. So I try not to rub it in.
[-(
Ok, once back on our original route we just follow it back to the trailhead? Uh, well, not quite... I mentioned we could just go up and over a small ridge then hit the end of the old Forest Road and follow it back to the TH. So let's do that. Whoops! I forgot there's a deep drainage and another ridge to climb up and over before we hit the road. Sorry, it's just another few hundred feet of climbing then a piece of cake on the road. Ok, so this part of the road was more like the boulder-hopping Tracey wanted no part of in the first place, but eventually it did look somewhat like a road and soon we were back at the TH.
Another enjoyable hike on another beautiful day in paradise! :y:

Just one thirteen and a half-minute video:
Wood Canyon Road - Highlights and slow-lights of the drive
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