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Crucifix CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2020
adilling
Hiking5.50 Miles 540 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
540 ft AEG
 
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Looking for some solitude in the Superstitions is getting hard these days. So, I opted for a sure thing. I have never seen anyone in this place before. My goal was to hike in a ways and then hit the arches on the way back. I was able to accomplish my goal for sure.

I took the little side road off FS80 and drove right to the "drop off". I am happy to see there is still really no trail going into this place. I have gone in and come back out different ways in the past. Today, I opted to drop down on the north side of the parking area and follow the drainage down the the canyon.

The hike in was just as rough and thick with foliage as I remembered. Most of the water that this area got a few weeks ago is gone. There are pools still hanging in, but no flow along the creek. I saw a few sets of fresh foot prints, so it looks like someone was recently in here.

I hiked in about 2 miles and figured that was enough for today. So, I turned around and went up to see the arches. Always cool to see the double arch. I wanted to climb up above the arches and explore a bit up there, but the entire area below the larger arch was buzzing with bees. ALOT of bees. So, I decided to let those bees do their thing and I opted to admire the arches from a safe distance.

On the way back, I decided to explore the area near the spire and the little alcove/cave near the parking area. Such amazing geology in this canyon. A spire, a balancing boulder, a "fin". I made it to the little cave and it was hom-hum, looked cooler from below. I think I shall name this little cave Sheep Poop Cave, as it was covered with sheep poop from end to end!

A quick hike up after that and my morning was complete. With all the craziness in the world, It's important that we all take some time to "de-stress". Hiking out to a place like this and getting some solitude worked for me for sure.
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