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Salt River Canyon View from Peak 3042Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2018
adilling
Hiking7.84 Miles 2,194 AEG
Hiking7.84 Miles
2,194 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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We did a hybrid hike yesterday up to Peak 3042 and then down into Crucifix Canyon. We took the route up to the saddle via the Pickaxe Canyon Trail and then veered off and started following the route from Joe to the top of Peak 3042, then on the way down we followed CannondaleKid’s route down into Crucifix Canyon.

My goal was to get to the top of 3042 and then climb up to the double arch in Crucifix Canyon on the way back. Mission accomplished!

I was in this area with outdoor_lover in December and had quite the off trail adventure. This time around it was still an off trail bushwhack, but I learned some good lessons from the first trip in here.

We bypassed Black Cross Butte by skirting the butte to the saddle following the Pickaxe Canyon Trail. This was the only “trail” we had for most of the day. The rest was mostly off trail, with the occasional trail/game trail tossed in. This was an easy climb to the saddle.

The approach to 3042 was a little up and down but I have been there before, so we made good time. When we got the little saddle below 3042, we took a look at the drainage that CannondaleKid used, but opted for the less nasty side approach from Joe’s track. The climb up was nice and the little “Castle Rock” formation at the base was really cool. The rock was really loose and dangerous to climb, so we admired it for a few and then made the final assault to the top.

The views up on 3042 were really amazing. Four Peaks, the river, the canyons – all incredible. The light was harsh and there were no clouds to be seen, but it was still stunning. The wind on top was pretty strong as well.

We headed back down to find the drainage that CannondaleKid used to access the canyon below. That was a little hairy, but very manageable. Much better than the cliffs and rock climbing outdoor_lover and I had to navigate from my earlier trip.

We made it into the canyon, had a little snack and rest and then went looking for the arches. The climb up was not as bad as it looked. There is not really a trail, but there are lines in the landscape you follow along.

The arches were awesome! I have had these guys on my list for a while. It was great to finally get up and see them. The sun was playing a bit with the pictures, but I was able to get some nice pictures of these cool formations.

Down we went and back to the trailhead. The path up to the parking area for this hike is marked by a cairn right before the canyon turns south. The trail was sorta marked and sorta visible. We managed to make it up and back to the parking area.

An excellent off trail adventure. I really like this area. I think next time I will try the Pickaxe Canyon Loop. That one looks cool too!
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