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Tarantula Rock, AZ
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Tarantula Rock, AZ 
Tarantula Rock, AZ
 
Hiking2.15 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking2.15 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   1.02 mph
350 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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I really like this hike. Some cool scrambling, balanced rocks, easy access to Waterfall Canyon, which leads to Pena Blanca Canyon.

Got out by 7:30. It was finally opened after the Tonto fire. This time I stayed in the wash until the base and then found a nice cow path. Hopped the fence and then the fun begins.
There is no trail or path to the back of the rock. My first time it took me hours to find a way,

This trip had a purpose. About 5 years ag I lost a knife that was a gift. I’ve retraced my steps several time and this time took my metal detector. Nope… failed.

I stopped in some shade for water and found that one of my bottles had broken open and was leaking. Thank goodness it was frozen so only about a quarter of it was lost. It took some time to break up the ice enough to put in another bottle. At this point I decided to head back just in case.

BUT…
To the Southeast there is a small hill that looks like there is a manmade flat spot on top. It was kind of on the way back to the car so I figured my water situation was ok.
Indeed, it was manmade AND there was a very, very faint road.ish.
This made the way back a lot easier. It came and went but made the steep trip down a lot easier. Judging by the amount of trash along the road this was a path that the Mexican Nationals have used.
Unlike some ways through this area I can see how this one would be easier than places like Montoya tank or Atascosa.

The Tonto Fire area seemed to me mostly a grass fire.

Got back with less than a pint of water.

Found a house sized rock with shelter areas fill with Trash and backpacks.
Childrens clothes too.

There were frsh signs of people here. They went to the left of the rock.
Someone said they saw a person in one of my pics. If that is true i literally walked within a few feet of someone.
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