username
X
password
register help
show related photosets
DESTINATION
Munds Canyon
4 Photosets

2017-05-22  
2013-09-23  
2013-08-04  
2008-05-26  
mini location map2017-05-22
8 by photographer avatarMountainMatt
photographer avatar
 
Munds CanyonFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Canyoneering avatar May 22 2017
MountainMatt
Canyoneering5.47 Miles 817 AEG
Canyoneering5.47 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   1.99 mph
817 ft AEG      48 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Note that the original parking area/TH according to HAZ is now on gated off and on private property so it's currently a no go.
Legal access can be achieved by taking the Willard Springs Exit to FR 253 and then turn on FR 580 and follow that to any preferred spot closer to the canyons head.

Once I made it into the canyon I was soon greeted with an annoying amount of boulder hopping and rather dense vegetation.
Water was stagnant at first but after a 3/4 of a mile it began to flow at a trickle.
Perhaps the most surprising part was the deep perennial pools that actually boasted quite a bit of life complete with small fish, frogs and all sorts of little critters.

I had this trip on my agenda for quite some time, had a detailed map created months prior, read all the triplogs from this site and even other websites but nowhere did I ever hear about a full blown wall to wall swimmer???

My determined quick pace soon came to a halt when I was met with a full blown forty yard long pool!
I know the terrain in canyons can change drastically due to flooding as seen with the "wall to wall" area right above the Big Dipper that's no longer an issue the past couple of years.
So I'm wondering if flood debris from this past year has shifted the water positioning in this canyon, I'm aware Toddak is Spider-Man so maybe he bypassed this somehow but the I've read of other "normal" hikers that made their way past this point as well so it leaves me puzzled. :-k

I backtracked to a weakpoint in the small vertical cliffsides and went straight up until back on the very scenic rim.
I had a proposed emergency exit/entry just before the drainage where the powerlines run across Munds Canyon so that's where I was headed.

While walking across the gentle open flatlands I was greeted with unique and stunning views of Wilson Mountains north eastern side clear in sight the entire time.
Once making it to the canyons mid-section I realized it looked like too much work to go down and back up, it can be definitely be done be it would be a very steep miserable bushwhack.

There is a very scenic vista right at that rim midpoint and would make a nice sunset spot, somebody even strangely placed a set of 6 solar decorative landscape lights there minus the bulbs.

I debated on heading to Thompson Point but at the last minute had some random idea of setting up for sunset at Morman Lake so I looped it back to my SUV and the hike was concluded.
Named place
Named place
Munds Canyon
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Isolated
_____________________
2 archives
HAZ Member
MountainMatt's
510 Photosets

  2017-06-10
  2017-06-08
  2017-06-04
  2017-05-31
  2017-05-22
  2017-05-22
  2017-05-15
  2017-05-05
  2017-05-05
  2017-05-01
  2017-04-27
  2017-04-24
  2017-04-18
  2017-04-14
  2017-04-09
  2017-04-04
  2017-04-03
  2017-04-02
  2017-04-01
  2017-03-25
1 ... 17,  18,  19,  20,  21,  22,  23 ... 26  
help comment issue

end of page marker