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Tarantula Rock - Pena Blanca, AZ
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Tarantula Rock - Pena Blanca, AZ 
Tarantula Rock - Pena Blanca, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 21 2021
HikerWill
Hiking1.75 Miles 347 AEG
Hiking1.75 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.75 mph
347 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Tarantula Rock
Exit 12 on I-19
Head West on Ruby Road for 10 miles
At the intersection turn left and go 1.09 miles
On the right is a camping spot and a fire pit with plenty of room to park.
Tarantula rock is to the North.
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In the past I have headed to the East of the cliffs and gone up the back side.
It’s steep and slidy and there is a lot of bushwhacking and boulder hopping.
This time I took the hills and ridge to the West.
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About 50 yards from the truck I stepped beside a rattle snake. About 3 feet.. That got the blood pumping.
A short time later stepped by another. About a foot.

By the fourth snake I was getting pretty used to the sound.
At least there weren’t any Bees.
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At the Saddle I dropped down over the back and came out at a tall column.
From the saddle to the column involves hanging on dearly to an almost vertical angle for about 15 feet. The drop is less than 10.

From the column go up along the ridge any which way you can.
Lots of possibilities and if you hang close to the edge you will come to a balanced rock.
It’s probably 5 feet in diameter.
It’s visible on the way up and it looks like there is a way up right beside it.
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Many choices to take along the cliff. From West to East ends it’s approximately 250 yards.
Headed back a little different way and found some grass laid out like a bed.

Took about 20 minutes to eat lunch and take in the wind and view. The wind was whipping 25+. Deafening.
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Start: 3:25
Lunch 4:08
Turn around: 4:26 – View of Pena Blanca lake and Waterfall rock
End: 5:05
1:20
1.75 miles

This rock is a little higher in elevation that Castle Rock which is right across the road.
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