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White Canyon Wilderness - Center Loop, AZ
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White Canyon Wilderness - Center Loop, AZ 
White Canyon Wilderness - Center Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2016
joebartels
Hiking15.80 Miles 3,640 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   10 Hrs   35 Mns   1.63 mph
3,640 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Bruce put this loop together by routes from Hank & Mark. When I saw it I knew it would be a great hike. While Brown's Peak got me hiking, White Canyon taught me how to sing.

Bruce drove in 0.4 miles off SR177 on FR319 to the safe 2WD parking. The road was recently graded. Arnett Creek was already starting a narrow yet deep crevice across the road so some may prefer to walk it.

43 degrees and windy, with a predicted high of 54. I started off wearing three long sleeve shirts and pants due to the temps. Pants are a good idea if you don't like any scratches. 10 degrees warmer and I'd be in shorts. It rained a bit last night and there was a very light flow in a couple area. All avoidable if careful. Some of the terrain was easy scrambling.

4-5 miles is road or use trail. Over half of the road walk is within the wilderness and very scenic. The majority of the hike is off trail through the canyon. The high canyon walls of White Canyon are impressive. Especially the eastern wall which is white. The water sculptured rock and narrows in multiple areas are spectacular. Any one of them would be worthy of a hike alone. 2 miles is out of the canyon to ride a ridge back to make the loop. It is a hearty 600 ft climb to the highpoint 3635 atop the ridge. Excellent views down the entire ridge. This loop is just a smorgasbord of bells and whistles. The less exciting final 2.8 miles went by quick.

Geology rocks a very short, semi boring, video starring Off_trail_Eagle.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
In isolated areas it was moderate and fading.

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crystal clear full tank with a very light flow
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