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Bull Dog Canyon Twin Arches, AZ
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Bull Dog Canyon Twin Arches, AZ 
Bull Dog Canyon Twin Arches, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2020
markthurman53
Hiking14.60 Miles 2,333 AEG
Hiking14.60 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   2.52 mph
2,333 ft AEG   2 Hrs   16 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Bull Dog Canyon, Twin Arches

My original plan was to hike down Bull Dog Canyon then up over Dome Mountain and then head over to Twin Arches. Got down Bull Dog Canyon but when I started heading up the side canyon that leads up to Dome Mountain Saddle my legs weren’t cooperating. After a couple stumbles on loose rocks and a trip I decided to call this portion off. Must be my body rebelling after all that flat land walking in Lubbock. I decided to head back and follow Bull Dog Canyon back to the Rock House Trail and head up to Twin Arches then return along the Blue Ridge Trail.

On my way down Bull Dog Canyon I followed a route I downloaded which follows the wash at times then over some low lying hills and then along the Bull Dog Canyon 4WD road. On the return trip I just followed the wash, seemed a bit easier and much more interesting. A few pools of water where Bull Dog Canyon makes its turn north but would only drink it if it were treated. Every animal in the area probably visits these pools. The rocks that make these pools possible are quite interesting looking and enhanced by the water polishing them. Once at the junction of the Rock House Trail it was 1 mile to the route to Twin Arches.

Had lunch along the Rock House Trail and then headed up to the arches. Pretty straight forward getting to the Arches even though there is no trail on the western side approach. The return on the eastern side has a trail marked by cairns. The arches are interesting but I think the best part of this portion of the hike were the views of the four Peaks to the east and the Superstitions to the south. I managed to get stung by a bee while coming down from the arches. Just some random bee that my hand must of hit. This was my first bee sting ever, only hurt for a few minutes after removing the stinger. Poor bee gave up his life for no reason. Since I had never been stung before I was thinking this is a hell of a place to find out if you are allergic to bees. I guess I’m not, I’m still here. Once back down on the Rock House Trail I took the Blue Ridge Trail back to where I started. I’m glad I had a GPS route for this portion because there are multiple trails leading in different directions, not sure where they all went. I still managed to make wrong turns because I didn’t check the GPS enough and had to back track.

Nice hike but the mid 70’s temperatures made it a bit warm. The two quarts of water I carried was enough but probably could of used more. Sparse showing of wild flowers, a few that couldn’t wait a couple more weeks.
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