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White Canyon Loop - White Canyon Wilderness, AZ
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White Canyon Loop - White Canyon Wilderness, AZ 
White Canyon Loop - White Canyon Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking16.16 Miles 3,626 AEG
Hiking16.16 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   1.64 mph
3,626 ft AEG      40 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Six years ago while hiking the old route of AZT 16 in this area, Joe made a comment that stuck with me. "I don't know why they didn't route the AZT through White Canyon. That area is incredible." That always stuck with me, but it took me this long to draw something up that visited this area.

An easy mile road walk gets you into the northern arm of White Canyon, close to White Water Spring. This canyon gets more impressive the farther you get in.

At 3 miles in, you will have a decision point. Staying in the canyon (without equipment) is not an option, as we'd find out later. We went up to the left and enjoyed the views into the canyon from above. We ultimately dropped back in at mile 4.75. There is plenty to explore up top..

THIS IS A SPECIAL AREA

We continued down the canyon until we hit the FR and then continued to the old routing of AZT 16. After some lunch, we made the decision to climb straight up to unnamed Peak 3635. It was steep and loose, but not too bad. Then it was a matter of following the ridge line back down to White Canyon.

youtube.com/watch?v ... csms

The plan was to follow the canyon back to where we'd originally gotten out of it. Plenty of water and small falls, pools, and a few areas we had to traverse around. Plenty of geology lessons and even a bat cave.

Getting close, we came to a point we could not get through. We contemplated swimming it, but luckily decided against it. We went high right to get out, with no luck. Back down in the canyon, we went high left, and this worked. Looking at the bypass area from above, there were a few swimmers and no friendly exits.

The rest was just pushing daylight getting back to the Truck. It was a chilly 41 when we finished.

This is a sweet area to explore.....
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max White Water Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Trough was full of cool clean water
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