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Salt River Canyon View from Peak 3042
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Salt River Canyon View from Peak 3042Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2019
Hiking6.10 Miles 1,913 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   1.77 mph
1,913 ft AEG      43 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Think I should pipe in here and give what advice I can on this hike.
A few things to point out at the beginning here:
1. We didn't make it to the end of the hike, about 3/4 there.
2. Views from the start are great, and continue throughout the hike (at least what we did).
3. Generally we try to avoid the off-trail routes for a couple of reasons, 1. The wife does not dig "stumbling around in the desert" 2. With a population of about 5 million folks in the Phoenix metro area, if everyone was tromping around the desert it would be quite bad. so I try to avoid doing this, realizing there is a need for some trail blazers to help set standard routes for the rest of us, so it's good that someone does this, just shouldn't be me because I will likely not add to establishing a trail.

After reading hikerdw's review we decided to download @adilling's route. Just now noticed that kikerdw also uploaded his GPS route, so that was an option of using that also. :?

The reason I decided to use @adilling's route was hikerdw's description that there was an actual trail to follow for most of the approach to peak 3042, and I can confirm that this is mostly true, a pretty easy to follow trail up to the prominent cave visible from the saddle that is just about at the 1 mile mark of this hike. From the saddle you should head towards the cave that is roughly N.W. and that you can see a trail leads up to. at this point @adilling trail get a bit off-trail, you should not follow his track, but take the visible trail heading in that direction. hikerdw's track does follow the right trail now that I have downloaded that and compared it. Following the trail towards the cave, you will pretty close to the entrance of the cave and turn to the west following the faint trail. From there the trail quickly deteriorates, and now we are Off-Trail. hikerdw states that the trail fades in and out, but I think maybe these are deer trails that he is referencing. Not to long after passing the cave, the wife started getting rather unhappy with "Stumbling around the desert", and we decide to hop over to joebartels track. Well, this is no better (joebartels did say this hike is off-trail). So the boss decides we are done, time to head back.

OK, lets give joebartels track a try going back... This works OK back to the saddle. Here is where joebartels track deviates from @adilling, following a trail heading up Black Cross Butte. That was a bad choice for us. Once the trail get's to the top, the trail heads on in one direction but joebartels track goes another, off-trail, so we headed off-trail on joebartels track. Going down Black Cross Butte this way was NOT my wife's idea of fun. Scrambling down the side of the mountain, not so great. We finally did get down, but not without some heated discussions.

So here id my advice. after reviewing our track and the joebartels, @adilling, and hikerdw tracks. It looks like hikerdw has the best track at least to the Cave, I can't really say for the return trip as it splits off going to the Double arch, and we didn't go on that leg of the hike.

In fairness the description of this hike is OFF-TRAIL, so this is what you should expect, just that this isn't our thing. but the views of what we did do were GREAT... What I would like to do is go back and check out the Double Arches leg, and see if there is a trail to follow there, and then post a GPS route for that short loop, but I'm not going to full myself, Slim chance the boss will agree to that :( .
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