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Elephant Rock Arch - Sierra Ancha, AZ
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Elephant Rock Arch - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Elephant Rock Arch - Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2015
rayhuston
Hiking4.10 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   1.37 mph
1,150 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
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Hike #2 for the day was an out and back, off trail trek to the arch below Elephant Rock. We followed a track that Grasshopper and Oregon Hiker blazed in Feb 2014. While I enjoyed this hike as well, the earlier hike on the McFadden Horse Trail left me short on stamina; I had to work very hard to keep up.

We ditched our packs at the bottom of the last ravine before the ascent to the arch, a 600 foot climb in about a 1/4 mile. When we reached the top, I found myself wanting to find a shady spot and sit for a spell rather than boulder hop the short distance to the arch. When I saw a nice flat rock with my name on it, my mind was made up. I got horizontal and enjoyed a nice breeze while Bruce and Joe continued to the arch. It was going to be a struggle on the way back, for me anyway, so I was going to rest up.

I intend to come back out here another day, maybe add on the McFadden Peak trail, which would have been hike #3 today if we had the legs for it. Even Joe said no to that one.
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