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Boneyard Canyon Overlook Loop, AZ
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Boneyard Canyon Overlook Loop, AZ 
Boneyard Canyon Overlook Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2016
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking6.90 Miles 470 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.53 mph
470 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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This was my third day hike of a 5 night car camping trip to the White Mountains. My car camp was on FR586 on the ridge between the East Fork Black River Canyon and Boneyard Canyon. My plan was to hike off road to the east of FR586 to scout out an entry point to Boneyard Canyon and get a look down into the canyon. I planned a route following a fairly gentle descent based on the Garmin topo map which would lead to a drainage descending into Boneyard Canyon. After hiking a short distance down FR586 to the planned start of the off-trail route I was surprised to find an old logging road not shown on either my Apache-Sitgreaves NF map or my Garmin gps map. It appeared to be going in the general direction of my planned "off-trail" route so I followed it for much of this loop hike. Although the road lead to the edge of Boneyard Canyon and followed it for a short distance before looping back towards FR586, it never provided a good view of the canyon because of all the trees. So no BYC overlook as originally planned for this hike or as implied by the hike's generic name. I would get a good look at BY Canyon on a hike the following day.

The hike passed through scenic predominantly Ponderosa Pine forest with some spruce and Douglas Fir mixed in. It meandered along the western edge of a vast meadow stretching across the drainage that leads to BY Canyon. I found a scenic place to car-camp at the edge of the forest on this drainage and moved my camp there that afternoon to provide a closer starting point for a planned hike down Boneyard Canyon the following day. Although this was a Saturday, I only encountered two vehicles and no hikers. The vehicles were an ATV leading a 4-Runner along this old logging road. Some conversation with the ATV driver revealed that he was a local knowledgeable on this area. I asked him about the status of the Apache-Sitgreaves Motor Vehicle Use Restrictions for this area. His understanding was that no restrictions were being applied at this time because of delays caused by the Wallow Fire except in some high use recreation areas. Some research after I returned home came up with a 2008 Proposed MVU Map for the Alpine Ranger District that showed the roads I had hiked on as being approved for all motor vehicles. I suspect that when they come out with an updated MVUM this old logging road will no longer be included because it is not shown on my 2011 Apache-Sitgreaves NF map. So I may have to scratch it off the list of places to car camp but it will still be a beautiful scenic hiking trail.
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