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Punchbowl Canyon
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Punchbowl CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 10 2016
Canyoneering7.92 Miles 1,800 AEG
Canyoneering7.92 Miles   8 Hrs   34 Mns   0.92 mph
1,800 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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This trip was incredible! The SRP staff were very kind and cut our hike out by probably close to two hours by offering us a ride. If finishing around 3 or 4 you may be lucky too! Temps around 75 make this trip perfect, would recommend this canyon in a dry March/April. Not for beginner rope skills. However, skilled mountaineers or technical rescue personnel with an understanding of Arizona weather and good hiking skills should do just fine. We used the following gear on this amazing trip; 100' 9mm rope, 200' 9mm rope, 200'4mm pullcord, 15' webbing, 3/2 wetsuits, and harness and rap devices. Also potential to require devising new anchors from natural objects such as rocks, trees, or holes in the rocks. All existing anchors were in good condition, except one sketchy 25' downclimb area with no anchor where my husband built one. could see floods destroying anchors in this area so best to come prepared. The views are incredible, and good GPS can be obtained through the canyon, although we did not find it necessary at all.
Getting there: If you drive to dirt you have gone too far. The SRP road is pretty noticeable with a no trespassing sign and a tiny marker designating "80" from there it's easy to drive to the gate where there is plenty of spaces for free camping with great views. The approach to the canyon takes about 3 hours total, maybe more with more gear. the entrance is very easy to find, a small shack and a large Federal Property, No Trespassing Sign as well as a Punch Bowl Canyon Use Only sign mark the canyon. I would recommend the shortcut to the Finn to anyone who rock climbs and has less than 50# on their back. Approach shoes would be very beneficial here. There is some scrambling that may reach about 5.6 with substantial exposure, but a spotter and one or to spots where packs are handed up end up equaling breathtaking views and a shorter hike. If you take the Finn, go about .25mi into the canyon and head up left as the rocks permit. eventually, picking your way up, you will see the fin, which you must walk accross to the first canyon. This is not your canyon, walk around it to punch bowl and you will walk into the mouth of the canyon with the first short rap not far down. Bring the printed topo map, be prepared, and this canyon makes for a long and wonderful day of hard work and big rewards!
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
I am from AK and not terribly fermiliar with the flowers here, however, I did see a large variety. Including cactus almost all in full bloom, (excluding saguaro, not many here or in bloom,) small, 3-petaled purple flowers that appeared to be bulbs, and a medium-sized shrub with purple flowers that reminded me of orchid, and a small succulent that looked like a tiny agave with a small hot pink trumpet flower on a 7-8" yellow stem. Just a breathtaking trip, all the way.
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