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Apr 15 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Ranching Tr Loop & AZG&F-NW Sierra Ancha FR609, AZ 
Ranching Tr Loop & AZG&F-NW Sierra Ancha FR609, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,114 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   0.82 mph
1,114 ft AEG
 
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In late November, 2018, we named this Google Earth located off-trail route the "Mystery Trail" after hiking it in for ~.75ml. A mystery because we could not conclude why, a number of years ago, it had been cleared and put-in :?

For our April'19, Oregon_Hiker had located an additional segment of this old route that appeared to parallel this "Mystery Trail" route to the East. The plan was to hike the entire loop segment ending back at FR609, then hopefully we would have a better idea of why the "Mystery Trail" route was put in. Maybe mining? Maybe ranching? Maybe..?

After completing the loop from Park/TH Start at FR609 down to seasonal Turkey Creek, then back up on the parallel route segment back to FR609, we easily concluded that this was an old ranching route that had originally been put in, then later redone for cattle fence construction. The original "Mystery Trail" segment down to Turkey Creek would allow the cows a route down to seasonal Turkey Creek for water and the parallel East fence segment would fence them in from roaming any further East.. "Mystery Solved"!

This first planned hike for me of four that I would join Oregon_Hiker on during our 6nt/7day Car Camping / Off-Trail Hike Exploration to this remote Sierra Ancha area, proved to be a good exercisie/loosing up choice for more to come.

We finished the day after again joining FR609 by doing another short road walk East to an un-numbered 4x4 route that went UP to end at a Peak 6418 highpoint where Arizona Game & Fish had an interesting constructed Wildlife Watering Tank setup. After a few pics of this area, we returned back down to connect again with FR609 and hiked the road back to our original Park/TH Start location. A good start to a most enjoyable and rewarding week away to our AZ backcountry.. :D
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Apr 14 2019
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Camp Grasshopper- Redman Mesa- Sierra Ancha NWGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Car Camping avatar Apr 14 2019
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Car Camping8.00 Miles
Car Camping8.00 Miles7 Days         
 
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When I edit a new Camp Grasshopper HAZ-Hike Guide for my "Car Camping" locations, normally I don't post it as a new, "full detailed" HAZ Guide, but this location should be such a great find for all those who enjoy camping on a scenic high plateau at 5734ft with remoteness, historic & present ranching history, shade, solitude, enjoy in-Vehicle or more primitive Tent Camping, have a capable 4WD vehicle, and for those who also would enjoy numerous options for off-trail day hike exploration (both out and back and loops) from the campsite, all this is available at this recommended "Car Camping" location 👍

Oregon_Hiker and I first visited this Sierra Ancha Mountains NW (Tonto NF) "Redman Mesa" area back in late Nov'18. We had camped at a different [ Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha N.W. - FR609 ] location which was closer to the Young Hwy 288. Having day hiked a number of off-trail areas back in Nov'18 which included this Redman Mesa area, we knew we wanted to return for more.

This trip Oregon_Hiker and I planned a 6nt/7day camp 4/14 to 4/20/19. This would give us five full days of day hike options. I was able to join Oregon_Hiker on planned hikes for 4 of the 5 full hike days. The fourth day of seven, I stayed in camp to enjoy doing nothing but Camp G/H "tinkering around" which I am very good at! Oregon_Hiker actually day hiked a total of 6 days, one of which included our arrival day on 4/14. He is always quick to set-up his minimal in-vehicle campsite area and then disappear before I am able to ask him to help setup my time consuming Camp Grasshopper :)

This was a most enjoyable and rewarding week away which I needed. We had a number of unexpected surprises and scenic finds on this trip and we will surely plan to return for more.

Please review the detailed HAZ-Hike Guide and our 4/14-4/19/19 trip logs, photosets, and Gps routes for more reasons to plan a trip here.

It is a long, but scenic drive to/from the PHX area to/from the Redman Mesa area, so it does make sense to stay awhile if it can be arranged.

We took a lunch break on our Sat-4/20 day drive back home and stopped in Miami for a little Mexican.. :D
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Apr 02 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Boneyback PeakGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,495 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   7 Hrs   2 Mns   0.82 mph
1,495 ft AEG   1 Hour   18 Mns Break
 
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Thanks to a March'19 reschedule of a previously planned week vehicle camping / off-trail day hiking exploration trip, with another recommended HAZ-ssk44(Eric) posted hike that neither Oregon_Hiker nor myself had yet hiked, we decided to schedule this Bonneyback Peak (Ancha Benchmark) this day.

A few years back when I was in better physical condition- more regularily hiking and consuming less ice cream before bed, I traveled to this remote, less visited by hikers section of the Tonto National Forest and the Sierra Ancha Mountains in from Pumpkin Center, AZ, a number of times with Eric who introduced me to another awesome Arizona area for off-trail hike exploring, 4x4ing, camping, and scenic drives.

Today was a good day weatherwise and with all the preciptition this area has had this past Feb and early March, the Spring wildfloweers were abundent and the area in general was a lush green as well. I knew it was going to be a great wildflower day when I opened my door at the recommended Park/TH location and stepped on wildflowers :)

Oregon_Hiker and I had previously planned to take a less strenuous AEG route in/out than the hiking guide recommended route to all the peaks and various viewpoints along this ridge hiking route because we wanted to help assure we would make the hike in all the way to the ending main summit benchmark- Bonneyback Peak 5558 (Ancha Benchmark).

Our chosen route in was to traverse the minor peaks on the steep East slopes with extreme wildflowers and grass growth that covered most of the loose, grapefruit sized, ankle twisting rocks. Our route in also included five distinct, scenic saddles. Our ridgeline views near and far included scenery to die for! Part of my 1 hour and 18 minute break time posted above included more than a few GRAND memories of my previous day hike trips with Eric
to this area- :next: [ photo ] :D

All was going well until we decided to take a "shortcut" OUT to avoid the first peak [ photo ] steep/loose rocky slope traverse going IN. Here is my side of the story- :next: [ photo ]
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Mar 20 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
The Rincon - White Canyon WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2019
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Hiking3.40 Miles 1,199 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   6 Hrs   12 Mns   0.68 mph
1,199 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
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This remote and somewhat "off the radar" White Canyon Wilderness hike stays completely within the extremely scenic W/C Wilderness boundary. Our HAZ-ssk44(Eric) originally posted and hiked this completely off-trail, rugged 6.5 mile roundtrip (~2k' AEG) hike in Dec'10.

Oregon_Hiker(Larry) and myself were looking for another interesting semi local off-trail day hiking area having a need to reschedule our previouly planned one week March'19 camping/hike exploration trip at a higher elevation area due to concerns over wetness/mud, possible snow, and me not wanting to deal with vehicle camping in a tent with nights/early morning in the mid to low 30F temperatures. So, this "The Rincon -White Canyon Wilderness" hike would hopefully help fill in the time gap for a full day outing with deserved Mexican food planned after [ image ] 👍

The W/C Wild never disapoints and neither did our hike choice today. My hike photoset with detailed captions, tag notes, and geocoded to my posted, recommended, and edited for correctness Gps hiking route with "key" waypoints included, shows and hopefully confirms our good choice which I highly recommend for those who enjoy this type of off-trail, remote hiking and who also have a capable 4WD vehicle means of safely driving out and back to this Parking/TH Start.
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Mar 01 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
PinalCrkCyn-ShuteSprCrk2ProspectorCAVE, AZ 
PinalCrkCyn-ShuteSprCrk2ProspectorCAVE, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,352 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   7 Hrs   18 Mns   0.97 mph
1,352 ft AEG   1 Hour   18 Mns Break
 
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It had been almost ten years (April'09) since I first visited this scenic, remote, and interesting off-trail area with HAZ- Eric (ssk44).

I was looking forward to a return trip and HAZ- Larry (Oregon_Hiker) was interested in joining me. This second trip was planned so we cound spend more time exploring a hidden cave area (actually a large alcove) at Pinal Creek Canyon that Eric and I stumbled onto when he and I first visited in April'09. On the short first visit, we visually determined that the cave may be used by still active inhabitant(s) as a location for a possible gold prospector to work/live out of and to store their personal and prospeting equipment. On this first visit, there was a very active bee hive on the roof of the cave so Eric and I could only view the cave inside from a distance. At this point, we then continued our enyoyable bushwhack :) hiking day exploring up and back down rugged and scenic perennial Pinal Canyon Creek.

This March'19 visit is best described by Larry's HAZ triplog- :next: https://hikearizona.com/x.php?x=163769 , photoset, and my well captioned with tag notes, and geocoded photoset referenced herein. My also referenced and edited GPS Hiking Route with all "key" waypoints included is available and would be a good reference for download to follow.

Try it .. you will .. like it! :D
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Jan 17 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Byous ButteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2019
Grasshopper
Hiking1.80 Miles 896 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   0.60 mph
896 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
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Looking back prior-to today, between March'07 and December'10, I actually posted a total of 18 triplogs for this Byous Butte off-trail hike area :o . Then a ~9 year absence :? and today-1/17/19, I post my return 19th triplog.

Obviously, I have enjoyed this AZ Tonto National Forest, higher desert, scenic, off-trail hiking area and today was another opportunity to enjoy it once again and to reminisce of previous very enjoyable times and memories here past with many good friends and acquanticiences. Thanks Larry for driving and joining me for this return trip after so many years of being away. A lot of driving I know for only a 2 mile roundtrip off-trail day hike.

I spent a number of these past 19 day hike trips from March'07 working to vegetation clear, to rock cairn, and to finalize an "official" GPS Hiking Route- :next: [ gps route ] up to Byous Butte Saddles 1, 2, 3, & to 3 Hi-ViewPt - :next: [ photo ] from the recommended TH Start as now detailed in the "Driving Directions" section for this Byous Butte hike guide.

My fourth trip since YR2007 to this Saddle 3 Hi-ViewPt was Oregon_Hiker and my planned destination this day and a most enjoyable reunion with an old favorite it was! :D

I reminise. So for this days' off-trail route conditions with more pertinent hike details, please see Oregon_Hiker's triplog: https://hikearizona.com/x.php?x=162536


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Dec 09 2018
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White Canyon Upper - SW Approach FR319Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2018
Grasshopper
Hiking6.48 Miles 1,114 AEG
Hiking6.48 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   1.11 mph
1,114 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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Back in Nov-2008 HAZ-Topohiker(Ken) and I first hiked up [ White Canyon ] to the preferred upper canyon areas from the main Southern Park/TH Start. I really enjoyed this amAZing, scenic, remote, wilderness area and wanted to do a return trip(s) but this approach just had too much boulder hopping and was too much work for me to reach the more scenic and remote Upper Canyon areas.

I first became interested in this SW/NE approach, alternate off-trail hike in/out to this uppermost "White Canyon Wilderness" area back in year 2011 when HAZ-Sun_Hiker signed-up for a published group hike led by someone whom I believe was not a HAZ member. Sun_Hiker later posted her GPS Route & Photoset from 2/12/11 which needed some clean-up editing before I felt comfortable attempting the hike on my own but the idea of another hike in option was a 👍 for me!

Six+ years ago, on 2/15/12 I invited HAZ-AZLumberjack(Jack) to join me for an innagural hike to validate this "White Canyon Upper - SW Approach FR319". We had a great day, my newly edited GPS Route was good, and on 2/22/12, I issued a new HAZ- Trail/Hike Guide for others to hopefully also enjoy.


After HAZ-JB & Group's recent Nov'18 loop hike to this area, my interest in a return trip was again "spurred" :D

Oregon_Hiker (Larry), RedRoxx44 (Letty), and myself planned this hike today, 12/9/18 in conjunction with Letty being in the area and overnight on Saturday. Another awesome day for a White Canyon Wilderness revisit! Unfortunately, Letty had some unplanned last minute vehicle problems and was not able to join us.. sorry we missed you!


Updated Hike Notes:
.. The drive-in on FR319 to a right turn unsigned, easy to miss FR2260 to the hike recommended Park/TH Start (for the last .4 mls) is now strictly 4-Wheel Drive / High Clearance, narrow, rutted, & rocky (if planning a visit, it is recommended to download and follow these posted GPS Route Driving directions- [ gps route ] )

.. From the TH Start, it took us (Senior Citizens) ~2.5hrs to reach the 1st scenic White Canyon Overview area(s) and I must admit that the long, rocky, drainage wash with some by-pass routes "Out-Of" required (see my gps route WPs), both Out and Back (up hill), was kind-of a slog (gets kind-of old), but still worth it!;

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Nov 28 2018
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Turkey Creek Falls Hike - Sierra Ancha NW, AZ 
Turkey Creek Falls Hike - Sierra Ancha NW, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2018
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Hiking3.90 Miles 567 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles
567 ft AEG
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Very remote 1st visit to this memorable, lush green forested, creeks, canyon confluence area with pines, oaks, sycamores. Hike day #3 of a 4 night / 5 day vehicle camping trip to our NW Sierra Ancha / Salome wild areas.


Note: If planning a visit to this very remote area to begin hiking at the recommended Park/TH Start location, a 4WD-High Clearance vehicle with quality tires is mandatory!.. no AWD Subarus allowed :)
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Nov 28 2018
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Mystery Trail Off FR609 - Sierra Ancha NW, AZ 
Mystery Trail Off FR609 - Sierra Ancha NW, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2018
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Hiking1.30 Miles 215 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   1.08 mph
215 ft AEG
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Interesting and still a mystery "why" this old route through the woods was put there. Another beautiful, healthy, forested area within this section of the Sierra Ancha NW and our last full day and hike of a 4 night / 5 day vehicle camping trip to the NW Sierra Ancha / Salome wild areas 👍
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Nov 27 2018
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Jerky Butte RuinsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2018
Grasshopper
Hiking2.50 Miles 992 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   0.48 mph
992 ft AEG
 
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Memorable second visit (for me) and hike day #2 of a 4 night / 5 day vehicle camping trip to our NW Sierra Ancha / Salome wild areas.
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Nov 26 2018
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Salome Creek Compound - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Salome Creek Compound - Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2018
Grasshopper
Hiking2.80 Miles 1,030 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   0.60 mph
1,030 ft AEG
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A northwestern Sierra Ancha / Salome wild 4 night / 5 day vehicle camping trip to do some off-trail exploring. This hike was what initially prompted our trip here and the first on our hiking list. Just the beginning of another memorable trip.
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Nov 25 2018
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Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha N.W. - FR609Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Car Camping0.40 Miles
Car Camping0.40 Miles
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This multi-day trip had been in our planned Camping Trip que for a number of months since HAZ-ssk44 (Eric) had viewed and shared with Oregon_Hiker and myself another Google Earth located, lesser known and significant size, ancient Native American Compound.

Due to other personal priorities and commitments in September, October, and early to mid-November'18, we were not able to schedule this intitially planned 5nt/6day camping-hiking trip until the last week of November'18 to camp at 6255ft elevation (see my photoset & photo captions/comments for what I now think about camping at 6255ft in late Nov :) ). We had other new areas of off-trail hiking interest locally which justified a multi-day trip plus I had hoped to again visit and share with Larry a couple of hiking area good memories to [ Jerky Butte Ruins ] and to the [ Rock Creek Cabin - Sierra Ancha ] . We were able to visit all we had planned except for the Rock Creek area.

Forecasted rain and snow at 6000' and above prompted us to leave one day early.. late morning on Thurs-11/29/18. Up early again day five at 6:am (45 minutes before light), with Larry's help (thank you!) and no breakfast or coffee for me on this departure morning :sweat: , we were both able to depart this "good choice" primitive campsite together a little after 10:am. Our next stop was Miami, AZ, for a nice lunch break [ image ]


With exception of just too cold nights and early mornings for me, this was another rewarding and humbling multi-day visit to our Tonto NF- Northwest Sierra Ancha Mountains area and to the remote Salome wild area.



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Nov 04 2018
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Rose Bowl Walk- JDRF Annual Type 1 Diabetes 5kLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Walk / Tour avatar Nov 04 2018
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Walk / Tour3.20 Miles 154 AEG
Walk / Tour3.20 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.42 mph
154 ft AEG
 
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This November the Los Angeles Chapter of the National "Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation" (JDRF) for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) held their annual 5k (3.2 mile) Walk and Fund Raising Celebration Event at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

JDRF & T1D: "JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. We exist for the millions of children, adults and families affected by this disease. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to stop T1D."

In November, 2015, my youngest Grandson was diagnosed with 24/7 monitoring Type 1 Diabetes at 2 years old.

Team T1D Lions: This was my third rewarding year CA visit week to join my youngest Daughter, Son-in-Law, three youngest Grandkids (10,8,5), and family friends for the annual Los Angeles Chapter of the JDRF- Type 1 Diabetes 5k "One Walk" day events.. https://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Walk/LosA ... fr_id=7469

Another special visit and day event for us all to help celebrate with ~10k Rose Bowl attendees (many with T1D), the ongoing fund raising efforts and medical advances of this so demanding 24/7 disease with no cure to date.
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Oct 12 2018
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Salt River at Regal CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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4x4 Trip9.00 Miles
4x4 Trip9.00 Miles
 
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This was our Plan A for a scenic and remote 4x4 drive for pics to FR473A road end at the scenic viewpoint for the Salt River at Regal Canyon.

We had to abort our plans due to the last ~one to two 4x4 miles of this total 11.25 mile driving route being just too dangerous :sweat: :o :sweat: . It's recommended to only hike this last FR473A road section (last safe parking/turn around location- :next: [ photo ] ).
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Fort Apache Indian Reservation
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Oct 12 2018
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Ash Creek Overlook - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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4x4 Trip8.00 Miles
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This was our Plan B four wheel drive day outing off Hwy 60 north of Globe within the Tonto NF bordering the remote, very scenic San Carlos Indian Reservation and the White Mountain Apache Reservation at the Salt River.

Our earlier in the morning Plan A four wheel drive trip, HAZ- Salt River at Regal Canyon https://hikearizona.com/x.php?x=159522 four wheel drive trip had to be aborted due to being just too risky for us to drive FR473A to the viewpoint road end with our (other than upgraded tires) stock 4WD Xterra.

As it turned out, this alternate ssk44 Plan B was an excellent choice that justified a new HAZ Description/Published Guide so others can hopefully also enjoy!

Having camped for a week and off-trail day hiked some of this very scenic and very remote, less traveled area [ photo ] with HAZ- Oregon_Hiker back in March'18, this new Eric find viewpoint location was particularily rewarding for me to have another opportunity to see this area from a different prespective. This area has much to offer!




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Jul 18 2018
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Camp Grasshopper - Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Car Camping6 Days         
 
Six nights / Seven days at my favorite place to be on our Mogollon Rim. Monsoon Rains on Wed-7/18 arrival day 10:30am which made for a more challenging "Camp Grasshopper" setup, but got it all done before sunset :)

Lots of cooking with R & R at 7435ft and cooler temps with only three short area hikes planned. Nice to visit again with HAZ-BeeBee (Brian) who arrived on Sat-7/21 afternoon to Sun-7/22 late morning. Brian towed in his very cool custom built camping trailer with custom, high end pop-up tent.. an impressive setup that Brian designed and built.


On the Merritt Draw Riparian Area hike Sat-7/21am, prior-to reaching perineal Merritt Spring, there was a large cow elk that managed to lock itself into the first large Riparian enclosure [ photo ] along this hiking route. It appeared to have been in this large rectangular, 8ft high enclosure for a number of days with enough vegetation to eat, but with no water source available. On my unplanned and unexpected drive to/back from Strawberry, AZ, this same Sat-7/21 afternoon, on FR95 (my late afternoon drive back to Camp G/H), at around 4pm I was able to stop a Ranger from the Mogollon Rim Ranger District and communicate this cow elk's location details. He said he would later contact AZ Game & Fish with the details. Two kind, courtesy kudos for me this day 👍 the first of which driving to Strawberry, AZ, turned-out to be very stressful & risky for me.
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Apr 22 2018
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sue Uranium Mines & MoreGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2018
Grasshopper
Hiking2.10 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles   2 Hrs      1.05 mph
350 ft AEG
 
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My first interest in this area, which borders our southern Sierra Ancha Wilderness, recently came about when I was previously viewing on HAZ MapDEX- topo and satellite views, some possible vehicle camping locations for a new FR203A "Camp Grasshopper". At that time I didn't know this area was an active Uranium mining area back in the 1950's.

Oregon_Hiker and I were planning an April 18th to 24th (6nt/7day) camping/day hiking trip around the FR203A Bull Canyon TH. On my April 18th day drive out to choose a suitable campsite option, I first drove down this high clearance, rocky, steep downhill 4x4 access road [ photo ] where I had pegged a possible campsite area for our week stay. To make a long story short, I chose a different campsite option :) - :next: [ Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha - FR203A ]

As it turns out, Oregon_Hiker had previously made a short visit to this Sue Uranium Mining area back in 2013 and later researched the interesting historical mining stats for this 1950's mining area (see hike description details). Based on this new interest area, I had planned to set one day aside of our now shortened 5nt/6day trip (due to wind, sun exposure/heat), for a day hike visit. The only problem was that on our previous days' hike to explore around the Bull Canyon Rim area, I lost my camera with three previous day hikes/camp pics on the SD Card :( so my enthusiasm for this last day hike on Sun-4/22 was waning.

I must be living right! During this Sunday morning breakfast & get-ready period, RedRoxx44 (Letty) who had joined us for 1nt/2days, walked up to me with her spare, extra nice Canon G15 camera which she offered to loan me to use until we were able to get together again :o .. So nice, Thank you Letty!

I really enjoyed visiting this new to me, very scenic and historic Sue Uranium Mining area and being able to now have pic memories to share :D

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Apr 21 2018
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76 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bull Canyon Rim Hike, AZ 
Bull Canyon Rim Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2018
Grasshopper
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   1.54 mph
1,750 ft AEG   3 Hrs   16 Mns Break
 
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Sierra Ancha Wilderness - Bull Canyon Trailhead
(trail start at the end of FR203A)

Ref: Oregon_Hiker triplog summary & picset- :next: [ triplog ]

All was going as planned hiking in this very scenic, historic, off trail area until I started through a heavy bushwhack, dense vegetation area going in and up the Bull Canyon Ridgeline. In the process of getting through this short but difficult section, my beloved camera (a Canon SX700 HS) with three full, previous days of hikes and camp pics on the SD Card somehow fell out of my camera's Lowepro holder :cry:

I have posted my GPS Hike Route above and here [ gps route ] , edited for correctness, with all key waypoints which also includes two(2) waypoints for my hike route section "Start Search" and "End Search" where, within this hiking section, my lost camera should reside:

Hiking in "Start" Camera Search: N33.77786° W110.86363°
Hiking in "End" Camera Search: N33.77871° W110.86276°

If any qualified HAZer(s) has an interest in planning to do this remote, mostly off-trail hike, I would much appreciate you downloading my Gps Route, closely following it (the going in "search" route section is more important to closely follow), keeping a lookout 8-[ for my lost Canon camera.

Thank you!
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Apr 20 2018
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Upper Coon Creek Ruin, AZ 
Upper Coon Creek Ruin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2018
Grasshopper
Hiking5.90 Miles 1,387 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   7 Hrs   15 Mns   1.51 mph
1,387 ft AEG   3 Hrs   20 Mns Break
 
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This lesser known, ancient ruin site is worthy of another HAZ member attempt to hopefully visit and post on HAZ some first HAZ close-up pictures. Oregon_Hiker and I were very close this visit attempt, but we needed to turn back. For me, there will not be a second attempt :sweat:

Ref: Oregon_Hiker picset /triplog- :next: [ photoset ]

In my opinion, this difficult bushwhack and rocky "out and back" mostly off-trail hike is only recommended for advanced hikers with masochistic tendencies. We have posted for any interested and qualified, our edited for correctness (with key waypoints), GPS Routes to download and follow.

Good luck!
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Apr 19 2018
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 Guides 47
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76 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lower Deep Creek Ruins, AZ 
Lower Deep Creek Ruins, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2018
Grasshopper
Hiking4.40 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   6 Hrs   11 Mns   1.61 mph
800 ft AEG   3 Hrs   27 Mns Break
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average hiking speed 1.06 mph
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