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Top Hat and the Arches, AZ
mini location map2020-12-08
15 by photographer avatarDixieFlyer
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Top Hat and the Arches, AZ 
Top Hat and the Arches, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking7.50 Miles 1,415 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   2.27 mph
1,415 ft AEG      58 Mns Break
 
I decided to go out and do another iteration of this hike. This time I did Top Hat Hill(of course) and went to Kissing Turtles Arch, Overlook Arch, and Palo Verde Arch. In order to eliminate walking on forest roads, I used my Bulldog Canyon OHV permit and drove in on FR1356 and parked near Top Hat Hill.

I decided to drive in on FR1356 from the east, and went in the gate that is off of Apache Trail near mm 202. The road is really rough in places, and you'll definitely need a high clearance 4WD vehicle. After the hike, I decided to drive south on FR1356 to the Wolverine Gate -- the road was a bit rocky, but it was a much easier drive than coming in from the east side of FR1356.

I started the hike by going through Orohai Wash, and then took the so called Horse with No Name Trail for a ways, and then went off-trail to Kissing Turtles Arch and Overlook Arch. Orohai Wash was a bit too sandy for my liking, but the Horse with No Name Trail was actually good to hike on -- it was much better than some of the named trails in the Supes. After checking out the arches, I reversed course and headed back to where I started. On the way back I went up to Top Hat Hill, and then to Palo Verde Arch. There is a good use trail nowadays from Palo Verde Arch back to Orohai Wash.

Based on the summit log book, there is about one person a month going up to Top Hat Hill. Interestingly, most log book entries had commentary on COVID-19.

While on the hike I perused out some possible routes up to Golden Dome and Tuff Dome. This seems to be about the shortest way to get to these 2 domes. I am not sure if Tuff Dome is climbable, but I have been to Golden Dome before. I imagine that I will attempt to go up to these 2 domes sometime this winter.
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Four Peaks Weavers Needle
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