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Oct 19 2019
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I arrived at the trailhead too late to take in the hot springs, especially since I was hoping to get to Liberty Bell Arch too, as my priority was to see the petroglyphs in the next canyon over.

I was pretty much winging this as I only had a waypoint on my GPSr to the petroglyphs, not the route. Same for the arch. I did look at the satellite view over a week before but my memory was sketchy.

Getting to the petroglyphs was pretty straight forward. A trail headed off to the left that I took and it let me to the canyon. The canyon was a slot for a short bit with some good pour offs I had to descend or go around. One in particular took some daring, but not too bad for this chicken pumpkin. I've heard there's an easier way, but I didn't know where and didn't want to take the time searching, so I went out the way I came. Going up was the simpler task than going down.

The petroglyphs were pretty nice, worth the effort. Unfortunately, there was some vandalism going on. That's always disappointing to see.

On my way out, I got on an old road that I thought was the way to the arch but it soon became obvious I was on the wrong path. As the sun was nearly set, I headed back to my truck. I'll have to come out here and explore more another time, find the arch, and enjoy the hot spring.
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Liberty Bell Arch Via White Rock CanyonNorthwest, AZ
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Nice hike as always.
If you go, definitely continue past the arch to the overlook of the Colorado River - highlight of the hike.
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A quick hike out at White Rock Canyon today. First, Liberty Bell Arch, plus enjoyed the views from the overlook. Then, back down to loop through the hot springs. Shocked to find no one at the pools, I enjoyed a solitary soak. As an aside, climbing that ladder with bare feet really hurts! Lesson learned = always bring extra shoes, even though the water-not-optional part of this canyon is so short. There was a group of 3 camping in the wash just above the hot springs.

Looped around to finally climb out the way I had been eyeing last December. A couple reasonably challenging climbs, but knowing I didn't have to worry about possibly needing to downclimb them made all the difference. The climbs lead to a whole additional wonderland of cave and hole-filled canyon walls. Added a fun new dimension to a hike I have done so many times.

Upon returning to the trailhead, there was an emergency vehicle parked and a young man in a SAR vest asked which way to the hot springs? Hmmm...

An update to report for this hike. The park service has now placed a sign at the Liberty Bell turn-off.

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Hike to Arizona Hot Springs with a few side trips.
A little chilly to start the day off with cloud cover and a breeze, but things warmed up nicely and ended with pleasant hiking temperatures. First was the hike to Liberty Bell Arch and the Colorado River overlook - beautiful as always. No one along this section except a very friendly British couple. We chatted about the area's geology for a bit.

Back in White Rock Canyon, it was cool and damp. After reaching the Colorado, the Park Service has added yet a few more signs to try and keep people on a single trail. Whether this is working, I don't know - some signs only seem more confusing because the arrows only point up, down, or at 90 degrees, but no diagonals.

Met three groups at the hot springs pools. I stayed only long enough to soak my feet briefly - didn't really want to involve myself in their animated argument about which group had hiked in the harder way. On the plus side, skipping a soak gave me "extra" daylight to go wandering and locate some sites I had been wanting to check out up canyon.

A good day and a good hike for my last before our New Year's Grand Canyon backpack.

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Good flow. Uppermost pool very hot today.
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Liberty Bell Arch Via White Rock CanyonNorthwest, AZ
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It is impossible not to enjoy the view at the end of this hike. One of those cold wind but hot sun days so common in autumn here. Lunch and then headed back, exploring some alternate trails. Quite a few people on the main trail enjoying the nice temperatures.
Good condition, although it has recently become more difficult to notice where you need to branch off from White Rock Canyon unless you know what you're looking for.
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Liberty Bell Arch Via White Rock CanyonNorthwest, AZ
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I had planned on hiking AZ Hot Springs on my way to Vegas, asking autumnstars if she was interested. She had plans, but suggested I check out Liberty Bell Arch while in White Rock Canyon. I knew I would not have time to do both springs and arch, but made arch plans as a backup. Good thing, as I was running an hour behind schedule when I arrived at the trailhead. (Not helped by making two wrong turns due to interpreting the AZ Hot Springs driving instructions as being a dirt lot on the west side of the road, when in fact they are paved on the east side of U.S. 93.) :roll: The arch trail is about two miles shorter than the hot springs trail.

The first .9 miles are boring, passing west under U.S. 93, then down a very wide wash. Just as the wash begins tightening up into what appears to be a more interesting White Rock Canyon, the Liberty Bell Arch trail takes an unsigned -- there are *more* than enough signs at the beginning! :roll: -- right/north turn up a side wash. At 1.4 miles, on top of a small saddle, I spotted a hole in a rock. It was not the arch. :D While checking out the hole, I spotted some mining equipment, which was a cool surprise. (I had not read the hike description.) I found the shaft, which would have been easy to climb down, but being short of time, decided not to explore it.

The hill which houses Liberty Bell Arch is actually visible almost from the moment you cross under U.S. 93, if you know where to look. (It is the lightest color hill amongst many dark ones, sandy, with a wedge shape protruding towards you.) The hill is more obvious after the mine, and sun can be seen shining through the arch about 1.7 miles into the hike. At 2.1 miles, as you round the south tip of the wedge onto the sunny side, the arch becomes obvious. It is also obvious why it is called the "Liberty Bell" Arch. :)

After that, it was a short half mile jaunt to the top of the Colorado River overlook mesa. Wow, what a view! :y: The mesa top is relatively flat, but rocky. If you had an air mattress, it would be an awesome place to camp.

I had considered possibly down hiking the river side of the mesa, as the topo makes it look steep, but doable. Yeah, right. Hundreds of feet of vertical. As always, maps lie. :roll: (Should have the contour lines merge, being replaced by a single hash-sided line for a more accurate indicator.)

The trail is very slippery in multiple spots. (I twice fell on my fourth point of contact.) :oops:

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1-2-bar reception at the trailhead four miles south of Hoover Dam; 2-3 bar reception at the overlook mesa.

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Liberty Bell Arch Via White Rock CanyonNorthwest, AZ
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It seemed like a good plan to get everyone out of the house and into some fresh air. This was a pretty rugged hike for my parents - their idea of rough is walking a level path covered with wood chips - but they did well and soldiered all the way to Liberty Bell Arch. The rest of us continued to the overlook of the Colorado River. We could see a few kayaks on the water, and the tamarisk in the side canyons were turning yellow, making for a lovely contrast with the green water.
Very nice weather, no other hikers once we were out of White Rock Canyon, and the trail was in good condition. There were a few puddles left in the bedrock from our recent rains.
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Nice day for a hike.
Went an alternate route on the way back, making for a loop-ish hike.

Had an odd encounter with a group of Aussies carrying nothing but a shovel. They asked about other mines in the area and mentioned they had been digging in the one along the trail.
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Still early, but plenty of species starting.
Primrose, poppies, lupine, Phacelia, Geraea canescens (I don't know the common name for that one) to name a few. Even Gilia is beginning to flower.
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Hiked to Liberty Bell Arch and past it to the river overlook. Good day for a hike.
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My sister wanted to take advantage of getting out of the gloomy weather of an Oregon fall to go hiking. I figured this hike was a good bet - relatively easy with many interesting things to see.

We spotted a bighorn both on the way out and on the way back. It may have been the same one, in fact. It was the closest my sister had ever been to one before, and they are not very skittish in this area. Finally, the bighorn got sick of us staring at her and sauntered off.

We were surprised to see several shrubs still flowering in the wash, covered with butterflies as a bonus. Checked out the mine and arch, then pulled out our lunch at the overlook. It was so pleasant, we hung out there for several hours taking pictures and enjoying the view. Made it back to the car just in time for sunset.

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Public hike with a Ranger at Lake Mead (yours truly). 10 hikers, no fatalities. :D
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Very nice day for a hike. There were still a few pools in the bedrock along the wash, and even a tiny waterfall (knee-height, very cute). The Asclepias subulata (milkweed) plants were flowering their hearts out. Very disappointing to have not brought the camera :(

Saw 2 groups of 2 hikers headed out as I headed in. This is the first time I have ever seen anyone on-trail after leaving White Rock Canyon, so it must be fall.
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Pre-hiking Liberty Bell Arch which is one of the fall ranger led hikes. Got to the arch and overlook just fine, on the way back when I got back in White Rock Canyon and the AZ Hot springs trail I ran into a distressed hiker whose mother was about a half mile back down White Rock Canyon and out of water. I hiked back down canyon, gave her what little water I did have and started hiking out with her slowly, making sure she rested plenty in the shade and didn't overdo it. Her son finally met back with us and had more water from the car and some food. After eating and resting for a half hour she was much better and continued out of the canyon to the trailhead. More than I anticipated on this Thursday hike which was supposed to be real quick and easy!
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A Monday with no work and what's a girl to do?
Well, go hiking, of course! :D

We had been trying to plan a hike with some friends of ours for several months, and finally it worked out.
Somehow, my husband got to select the hike, and he picked this completely unshaded, low elevation trek.
The views were as great as always, but I doubt those friends will ever agree to hike with us again. :sl: It was HOT, it was shadeless, they didn't bring enough water.

Checked out the mine area again, since our friends had never been there. Interestingly, there were parts of a young bighorn strung out all around the mine entrance. Guess it made a good spot to hang out and enjoy the feast. Also saw a young chuckwalla wedged between 2 wooden planks in the sluice - cool! We stared him down for a while, but didn't want to trouble him too much.

Finally, we made it to the overlook, enjoyed some lunch and views in the slight breeze, and headed back. Good thing my husband and I both brought lots of extra water - ended up giving it all to our friends on the way out. At one point, we became very concerned our friend would :sk: , but we all made it back safe and sound to cold drinks in the cooler.

Only a few multi-headed barrel cacti flowering, otherwise not much going on in the flower department.
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Great hike on a Monday morning. I live in NV now but I still am hiking a bunch in AZ! Good to explore this part of the state, which I think is often overlooked as far as hiking goes. You can do some cool trips in the Lake Mead area.
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Liberty Bell Arch Via White Rock Canyon, and BC Overlook

I'm returning from the BC Overlook into the captive Colorado, clear and languid, it rolls along hemmed in by ebony gutters, freshly released from the Lake Mead impoundment and sewage pond, when, humm, something moves near the Liberty Arch buttress. I pause. A deer? An ear of a dear? No, the ungulate dashes straight up a naked rock chute. A Bighorn Sheep ewe. Rock dancer.

I turn my attention back to the arch, noting that the highway on stilts can be seen a few miles up-canyon.

It's been a most excellent break from the drive. I pulled off at MP (mile post) 4 on Highway 93, nearly to Nevada, and park, then walk back under the road and into the rolling tortured terrain of buffy and black rocks. The canyon narrows and, I believe, drops to access Arizona Hot Springs. I peel off this route and roll past an unusual ore boat - near an abandoned magnesium mine on my way to the arch and overlook.

TO TRAILHEAD: Drive to MP (Mile Post) 4 of Hwy 93 and park at the new TH. That's 4 miles from the AZ/NV border.
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This was our first time doing this hike. Simply splendid! On the way past the arch to the Colorado River overlook, we spotted a bighorn mom and yearling in profile on the next ridge. Upon reaching that ridge, they were just standing there staring at us from about 100 feet away. Wow!
Oh yeah, I guess the views were pretty amazing, too. And the mining relics provided a very interesting side-trip. Although the hike started out in White Rock Wash with loads of hot spring enthusiasts, we didn't see another soul all day after heading out of the wash.
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Perfect hiking weather - The mining equipment and associated relics are quite interesting - check out the timbers on that old dredge - trees of that size aren't around anymore.
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Nice short backpack down to some awesome hot springs.
Leaving from the new boondoggle White Rock Canyon parking lot, the (traditional) hike is in the gravel canyon bottom that starts out in an uninteresting wide-open wash but soon enters into some pretty interesting slots. Upon reaching the Colorado River (lake) after about 3 miles, climb up/over/and around to the south about 1/4 mile to Hot Springs canyon and then upstream to the hot springs. The upper (hotter) spring registered 107f. With about a 70% moon, the nightsoaking was heavenly.
There is also the less traditional route that takes you down a couple of sporty (for a backpacker) climb-arounds directly down the hot springs canyon to the hot springs. The trails diverge about 1/2 mile from the highway trailhead, with the traditional one bearing right (north northwest) staying in the initial main wash and the more direct route heading off south southwest into a wash just south of the 'main' one. Expect no signs or other directions - take a spirit of discovery, you will neither need nor want a gps.
Here is a link to a map > http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=230322

Note: There is also a great side-hike to Liberty Bell arch that heads off to the north- west-ish from the 'traditional' route. The arch is about a mile or mile-and-a-half each way from the traditional route. This hike also will take you past an abandoned magnesium mine - it is quite interesting as well. Link here> http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=13239

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This was one of four hikes I printed out for our return from Vegas this Sunday morning, the other three near Kingman. All four looked very interesting, but this looked the most intriguing, certain to tackle the others in the future. Rainy morning in Vegas had me hoping for the best, had my heart set on doing this one. Easy enough to follow the trail using AZLOT69's description, though at times other small trails spurred off. The new bypass bridge and the arch came into view through the course of a scenic hike through a couple washes. Beautiful hike that went up and down a few times via some volcanic-type hills, moderate in effort. Cresting the plateau our first view of the river was a big "wow" effect, we moved onto the cliff for more views of the Colorado and surrounding terrain. On the return right by the arch we happened upon a gent named Joe Booze who told us about his encounters with bighorn in the area (all we saw were numerous piles of droppings), and that he is a poet. Lots of downtime on this hike, plenty of beauty to enjoy. ... (Were lucky to discover a gallery of photos by Peter Lik at Caesars's Palace. Incredible photos that sell for, ummm, $4000 each.)
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