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Monument Canyon/Plane Wreck/Flat Iron Loop Hik, AZ
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Monument Canyon/Plane Wreck/Flat Iron Loop Hik, AZ 
Monument Canyon/Plane Wreck/Flat Iron Loop Hik, AZ
 
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6:10 am launch from Mining Camp Restaurant....10 of us from the TLC Hiking Group.....head lamps on, we made a straight line to Monument canyon. Up and down, and up and down, and up and down... 2.5 miles to the mouth of the canyon, exactly as planned and measured from Google Earth. The lower portion of the canyon is all cairned along with pink flags until you get to the fork. The wreckage site sits on the upper portion of said inner ridgeline...thats the goal. Said ridge is a complete Cholla forest. We decided to take the right drainage. Almost immediately you start stumbling onto the wreckage in the heavy brush of the drainage. The dog very much appreciated the full pools of standing water. Once near the elevation, we got out of the drainage and ventured west and up to the crash site, again more and more wreckage. From here we pressed up and onto a large flat terrace and took a break. Gameplan was to hit the nub (on the topo 4102'), then circle back to the "crack" and on up to Ridgeline and down Siphon Draw. Optioned to the slower peeps to scrub the nub and make way for the crack and regroup on Ridgeline, six took heed. Four us hit the nub, amazing views on this ridgeline separating Monument Canyon and its east sister. From here we say a terrace that once on, should lead us over to the top of the crack. Some baby climbs here and there to get onto the upper terrace and once on seemed somewhat trailish. There were a couple of thin ledges that had to be navigated. My fear of heights pressed me back...told Amy, Mike and Michael to press on and the dog and I would circle back around to the crack.

Coming back down from the nub the other six were slowly coming back onto the upper flat of the middle ridgeline. Crack failure. They were not able to get up. So 7 of us took the east drainage down the canyon with a pit stop at the mine.

One of our team got a tick on his neck. Saw one deer. No snakes. Beautiful day. Great team. Future backpack consideration the Monument Canyon East ridgeline traverse.

dry Monument Canyon Dry Dry
various pools on the upper east drainage. Drinkable.
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