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Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha - FR487Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Car Camping avatar Apr 27 2016
Grasshopper
Car Camping4.80 Miles
Car Camping4.80 Miles8 Days         
 
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In mid-March Oregon Hiker and I did a 6nt/7day vehicle camping & hiking trip camping just south of Billy Lawrence Canyon off FR203-Cherry Creek Road [ Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha - FR203 Upr #2 ]

To my surprise this April'16 when I asked Oregon Hiker if he might want to do another week trip somewhere (I was open for something), it turned-out he was already planning another to the Sierra Ancha but this time with plans to camp up higher at ~7200 feet somewhere in on Workman Creek Road (FR487). This trip would be to hike sections of a few established trails with off-trail to various scenic high rim/plateau overlooks to view (from the top down) a number of the main Sierra Ancha rugged canyons- The North Fork of Devils Chasm, Upper Cold Spring Canyon, A No-Named Boxed Canyon, and Upper Pueblo Canyon.

On this longer 7 night / 8 day trip (4/27 to 5/4/16) we also spent some enjoyable days meandering around the historic Peterson Ranch, hiking an old/closed to vehicles Logging Road (labeled TR151 on some topo maps) , and hiking up an old Uranium Mining Road (FR3222) also located off Workman Creek Road.

Our original plan was for a 6nt/7day trip but forecast-ed rain and wind at 7200 feet elevation for our originally planned departure date of 4/28 changed our plans for a impromptu exit one day early on 4/27am.. Since I had my new 2005 4-Runner ride loaded with my Camp G/H gear on 4/26pm, I was able to pull-off this change of plans which was decided upon on 4/27am at 8am :o I was on the road by 10:30am for a 3.5 hour drive to a new Sierra Ancha campsite area I was not familiar with. If I had my previous old 1992 YJ Jeep Grasshopper, there would have been no way I could have pulled this off.

I was under some pressure to arrive at a suitable campsite area for Larry and me, and with some time constraints before dark to set-up my major Camp Grasshopper which this time also included my 10x10 REI Screen House. As it turns out, there are very few (maybe two) suitable and legal vehicle campsites along & off Workman Creek Road "prior-to" arriving at the top of Aztec Peak 7748' (where I did not want to camp in April..way too cold & windy!!).

I pulled-in to the 1st choice area that Oregon Hiker had pegged as a possible camping location on our HAZ- Satellite View.. a very nice secluded and heavy oak/pine tree meadow area with an access road off FR487, and fire rings :D As it turned-out, there were a couple of those easy to miss 8-[ "No Motor Vehicles Allowed" thin plastic signs stuck in the ground that I did not see. ~Two hours later and 50% into my camp set-up, Larry rolls in to inform me of the signs.. We decided to risk it and did end-up dodging the bullet this time, but I won't let that happen again, and thus the reason why this camping triplog is generic and has no official Camp Grasshopper hike description.

Another enjoyable trip with much variety to do and some interesting weather camping in April for eight days at 7200 feet elevation in our Sierra Ancha. Also, kind of amAZing that I actually hiked (for much needed exercise) all available days we were here..but one :)
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