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Canyon Lake to Peak 2811
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Canyon Lake to Peak 2811Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2019
Pickles
Hiking3.10 Miles 1,663 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles
1,663 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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I have had this hike uploaded in my RouteScout for quite some time but, for whatever reason, kept it on the back burner. I was going to do Rough and Ready Canyon but decided last minute to get this one done!
I followed HAZ_Hikebot's route with only a couple of exceptions. His route was spot on to get anyone to the intended destination. I parked at the first pullout on the left after crossing the first bridge at Canyon Lake, crossed the road and made my way up the drainage.
What I discovered on this hike is that there is quite a bit of exposure to get across the spines, more than I anticipated. At one point, I decided to navigate around a spine, instead of coming across it directly, due to the level of exposure I was subjecting myself to. Being up there all by my lonesome I felt I better think more on the logical side rather than trying to be some kind of hiking superhero! My stature is 5"3 on a good day so I have to keep that in mind when I know I have to climb up OR down and have to rely on good foot and hand holds to get me from Point A to Point B. It is what it is!
Having found my way to the grand finale at the end of the hike, I took a few deep breaths, thanked God for keeping me safe and for giving me the ability to enjoys these excursions, took a few photos and then made my way back to my car down below.
There are no signs of a trail that I found as everything was so overgrown. However, I did find quite a few cairns and added a few of my own. I know some hikers think they are the epitome of evil in the hiking realm, I appreciate them, especially in terrain such as this, just to give a little direction when one might feel it would be beneficial. There are certainly areas of "ruggedness" up there but I have been through worse. No signs of a trail but RouteScout was extremely helpful in guiding me to where I needed to be. You will also find areas of loose rock once you are leaving the first spine but nothing extraordinary. The views along this hike are quite impressive and, once you reach a certain part of the hike, all noise from the highway below, dissipates! I did pick up a few friends during this hike that I discovered within a couple of hours of completing it. I have hiked hundreds, if not thousands, of miles over the last 10 years and this was THE first time I ever found ticks! Nasty little blood suckers!
This hike turned out to exceeded my expectations in many ways. It isn't very long but do not let the distance fool you into thinking you will not need to exert yourself, you will!
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