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White Canyon Promontory Y Loop, AZ
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White Canyon Promontory Y Loop, AZ 
White Canyon Promontory Y Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2017
CannondaleKid
Hiking9.90 Miles 3,022 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   7 Hrs   50 Mns   1.31 mph
3,022 ft AEG      15 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Just over 4 years ago we ate lunch at the end of the promontory across from Battle Axe Butte so it was about time for a return trip... with a little more distance thrown in.

Our 'loop' would actually be shaped like the outline around a small letter 'y'. We began from Battle Axe Road heading NNW on the GET #3 until reaching the saddle NW of Peak 3660. From there we rounded-the-corner to the east where we ascended a gorge before turning back west to pass the summit of Peak 3660.

The summit log for Peak 3660 was nowhere to be found. In fact, the spot where the log was on my last visit was now a large divot. And next to the divot was a large piece of the rock that had been on the summit.
:-k
How did it get that way? I thought it possible there may have been moisture underneath and it was struck by lightning, blowing the rock out and throwing it over. The only other explanation I could think of was someone pried it out, but there was no evidence of any tool to pry the rock out. Oh well, the mystery unsolved, time to move on.

From Peak 3660 we headed southwest over hill-and-dale on the way to the southern end of the promontory. I was quite surprised the route I planned on Route Manager worked out so well. In one area where we would have to ascend through a ridge of large boulders, I marked waypoints at two 'possible' locations based on satellite and Topo views and we were fortunate the first one was the perfect spot.
:DANCE:
And that's pretty much how our hike went... 'on-the-top' anyway. We made it to the southern end in time for our Battle Axe-view lunch spot.
:y:
Once we descended into White Canyon at the northeast end of our small 'y' we knew we had our work cut out for us. With plenty of water flow the pools that on previous occasions had been either dry or barely wet were now too deep to even wade through.
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Being already committed to following the canyon back to Battle Axe Road we just got-on-with-it. And by taking on some pretty serious bushwhacking we only had to step in ankle-deep water one time. I didn't take many photos in the canyon... we were too focused on simply getting through.

But no matter the trials and tribulations in White Canyon, the rest of the hike more than made up for it with the awesome views and terrain we traversed. Not many folks pass through this area.
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