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Trap Canyon Loop, AZ
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Trap Canyon Loop, AZ 
Trap Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking19.01 Miles 3,776 AEG
Hiking19.01 Miles   10 Hrs   59 Mns   2.34 mph
3,776 ft AEG   2 Hrs   51 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Almost 5 years since me, Joe and another Dave hit the trap. That time we were looking for signs of Jesse Capin. At that time I told myself I needed to get back to run the length of this magical canyon. I had planned on this being one tough nut to crack, but in all actuality, it wasn't bad at all. Common sense would say long pants and long sleeves, my long sleeves and pants stayed in my pack. I prefer being cooler, to a few scrapes here and there.

We took our time all day, none of us with much sleep to speak of. Flowers were most prevalent on Whiskey Spring #238 and the Red Tanks Trails #107. Quite the variety, but no huge patches.

It was almost 9 miles exactly to get to our shortcut turnoff to get into Trap Canyon and another 2.5 miles to get through Trap Canyon. This first part, right off of Hoolie Bacon #111, is probably the thickest to get through in the entire canyon. We stopped at the first alcove on the right (North) to check out the large quantity of Grinding Holes. Next the bouldering begins in anticipation of getting to the largest of the "Traps" in the entire canyon.

We spent a considerable amount of time in this Trap, checking it all out.

Trap Video = :next: youtu.be/8muG4WMBsyQ

At the mouth of the trap by the creek bed, we had a bit of lunch before continuing down canyon. All sorts of Sweet geology to ogle over.

There were at least 3 more much smaller traps that we checked out on the way. Nothing anywhere near as impressive as the first one.

At the time we did this hike, we were able to get down the entire length of the canyon without getting wet. There was one section I chose to get wet (3'deep) in lieu of climbing up and around like Joe and Dave. Joe went high left, Dave went high right, and I went down the middle.

Two other memorable areas.

First we skirted some water, went around a corner, and Dave stumbled on this = :next: [ photo ] .

Second, there is an area with three larger alcoves. The most impressive, was a huge second story unit.
One of the smaller Alcoves = :next: https://youtube.com ... 40qk

I'm glad I finally got to do this thru hike. Well worth the effort.
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Plenty of sources to filter from

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Box filled with clear water to filter, as well as tadpoles.

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Scattered opportunities to filter water throughout the canyon

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Didn't see sources, but plenty of filterable water in the area

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