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Mar 05 2022
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40 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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emilystardustTriplogs 508
Canyoneering6.44 Miles 775 AEG
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Feb 12 2022
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In the Minerals, AZ 
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chumleyTriplogs 1,703
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I'm not sure of the extent of the Mineral Mountains, and I can't seem to find a good definition of one anywhere. Regardless, I'm confident that Barbara Lilley has stood atop their highest peak.

No peakbagging today though, just a pleasant stroll through a canyon with some residual runoff despite a dry winter. The burn is noticeable in places, scorching the larger shade trees that once lined the bottom of the canyon, while in other places, unharmed. Hillsides show signs of significant burn, and yet the canyon has not been scarred by flooding.
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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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jtaylorTriplogs 512
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What better way to kick off the new year that to explore somewhere new with best friends? We were considering this area and friendofThundergod’s recent triplog/photo set clinched it. The area is stunningly beautiful, remote, and rugged. The road was definitely 4x4 after the rains, but you can probably do high clearance 2nd and hike the last 1/2 mile in.

We had it all to ourselves but it was slow going. Definitely not the most dog-friendly hike. We made it to a beautiful cascading falls about 1.5 miles in and then called it. Meia was an asset on the way out, using her nose to backtrack our exact route. The temps plummeted as soon as the sun dropped so we made a beeline to Porters in Superior for warm food!
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Jan 01 2022
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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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First visit for us to this area. Met Jason and John at the Battle Ax Road turnoff and drove in on a road that was much nicer than I had expected. Made a bumper-scraper crossing in the sand at the first White Canyon crossing and then continued up the road to the trailhead in 4wd. The 3 of us tried pushing a boulder off of the road mostly for pleasure but it was not to be. The three of us plus Meia pup started hiking up White Canyon a bit after noon. I was glad I chose Chacos for footwear for the many creek crossings, despite my feet going numb in the cold and breezy weather. We took our time, just enjoying our surroundings, and eventually came upon a triple-tier waterfall, the highlight of the canyon for us. Went a bit further up the canyon from the falls to what I’ll call the “water slide”, before turning around due to the sinking sun. The return hike was much quicker. After some rockhounding on the drive out we continued on to Porters in Superior for dinner. Great hike with friends. I can’t get enough of adventures like this with them.
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Dec 25 2021
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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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You don't need snow to have a white Christmas. This was my first time to this area and I was impressed. We started at the lower trailhead and opted for the popular short road walk to start.

We did not go very far up canyon, but we were impressed with almost everything we saw. In general it was not that bad going, however, it took some creativity to get the dogs through a few spots. Katie was able to keep her feet dry for the entire hike, but with some significant effort and detours. I walked straight down the creek bed in several spots, as it was easiest on the dogs. It was hard to turn around when we did, as the scenery was pretty spectacular and seemingly getting better, but Blanco had worked hard and we did not want to push him too much. We were pretty content with what we had saw by that point anyways and felt good leaving with a little bit more knowledge about the area for future trips.
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Telegraph Fire Scar, AZ 
Telegraph Fire Scar, AZ
 
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chumleyTriplogs 1,703
Hiking7.89 Miles 2,222 AEG
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Another delightfully rainy day in the desert! :y:

This one was a bit of a gamble. Radar estimates showed it hadn't received as much rain as other areas, but I took a stab that there'd be flowing water given the burn scar. Despite not having closures in place like other parts of the burn, this is sort of low elevation so I figured I wouldn't be able to get back there until cooler weather to check it out.

Well, in a twist of luck, cooler weather is exactly what happened! And rain. Plenty of wonderful rain. The forecast looked reasonable, and the Flash Flood Warning in effect for the area was noted.

FR 319 is heavily rutted. Even worse than before. Unless there's a rancher that needs access or the TRAL people get involved, I can see this one settling into some extra hiking mileage. The burn here was bad and the runoff is eroding the road with every new storm. I gave up when reaching the 2260 intersection and we walked from there.

The spring area at the end of 2260 was torched, including the big cottonwoods. The whole drainage down suffered the same fate at varying levels of severity. Some of the overgrown thickets that were a challenge before are now easygoing.

Our entire hike in was in a pleasant and lightly running stream. The morning showers had given way to cloudiness and even an occasional splash of sun. When we reached the heart of the wilderness we stayed high on the south side of the creek and followed an old use path down to creek level below the narrows. All of this has burned, but of course the geology hasn't changed, and most of this desert scrub will be back soon enough.

The water was flowing strongly as we headed downstream and explored up some side drainages. Water was deep enough to require bypasses to avoid swimming. A pure delight for midsummer in the desert.

Somewhere along the line, the rain picked up again, and I donned my umbrella. We headed upstream in the creek, somewhat wary of the short stretch that would not allow for an easy exit to higher ground should the water rise quickly. A bit farther upstream we happened upon the magnificent waterfall that enters from the north. I've seen this one flowing before, and it always amazes me for the relatively small area it drains.

After a lunch break by the falls and satisfied with the survey of fire damage, we headed back up toward the top of the slots to begin our trek back to the truck. Seeing the cascade here it was evident the flow of the creek had increased and turned decidedly more turbid. There's not a huge catchment here and the flow was still quite easy for walking, enjoyable really, so we splashed on upstream. As we did so, the rain picked up considerably. I commented to 9L to be aware of the possibility the flow could increase with the heavier rain band.

We stopped at one of the small cascades along the creek to capture a photo when it appeared that a bit more water began to pour over the rocks. Seconds later, and at the same time we both heard the impending rush of water barreling down canyon and quickly climbed out of the creek and up to a safe perch. In what seemed like 15 seconds (but was actually about a minute and a half) the creek had gone from a flow of maybe 5cfs to probably over 100cfs. It crashed over the cascade we were just photographing and filled the entire creek channel we had been hiking in. We would have survived the flow had we been cluelessly unaware and not highly alert for just such an event, but the rush of seeing this occur was also quite exhilarating.

We proceeded upstream staying on the burned banks, crossing where it was narrow enough to jump, until eventually the flow had receded enough to splash in the creek bottom once again. There were more muddy drainages flowing back near the truck, but thankfully the road was still intact for the drive back out to the highway.

There's a lot of sad sights here now with saguaros and cottonwoods that will not return in my lifetime. But other parts will probably be ok in short order. And this day was one for the memory bank, not soon to be forgotten.
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50 male
 Joined Jun 08 2015
 Tucson
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering7.50 Miles 824 AEG
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I drove a Forester in and decided to car camp just past the gate at Walnut Canyon. I actually made it to the top of the hill, approximately 1/10th of a mile from the TH, but the hill going down was very steep and rutted out. Didn't want to wager trying to get back up. I had a decent camp spot back toward the ranch gate... once I cleared out the cow pies.

The hike up White Canyon was wonderful. As someone else mentioned it feels somewhat intense for a solo. But with a lot of caution it seemed relatively safe. Of course the off chance possibility of moving "that tiny stone that was holding that enormous boulder in place" kept on running through my mind.

I got all the way to what is marked as "swim pool" on the posted route for this hike. There was water, but it was low enough that I couldn't figure out how someone could get over the boulder and continue onward. If anyone wants to chime in on that, I would be interested in case I ever return.

Up until that point, I was amazed at how often things seemed impassable... but something always revealed itself.

The variety of geology and landscapes along the way is amazing. At times I felt like I could have been in Aravaipa and then on the Esplanade of the North Rim and then back in one of the nearby canyons in Tucson.

Saw a few turtles along the way. I haven't made a positive ID, but I think they are mud turtles; which are somewhat rare.

I didn't think the cairns were necessary. And the register at the trailhead was loaded with profane opinions on that matter.
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Feb 06 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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RickVincentTriplogs 754
Canyoneering2.30 Miles
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First time on this one. Can't really get lost on this one since it goes straight up a canyon. That being said, it is very easy to lose the trail and end up in the bushes and fighting catclaw. There are rock cairns here and there, so it pays to stop and look around. We did much better following the trail on our return route, which also made for a much faster return. Its a pretty canyon with some nice spots to stop and take it all in. The road getting in there has its fun spots too. I recommend a 4-wheel drive although, you could probably get pretty far up without. Maybe not all the way to the true trailhead, but nothing wrong with adding a little extra mileage on foot.
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Dec 27 2020
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White Canyon Upper - SW Approach FR319Globe, AZ
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Hiking10.40 Miles 2,192 AEG
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Never even heard about this place until like a month ago, and I almost forgot I went out there. :lol: I followed the described route to the canyon and then scrambled my way down to the floor. Trail follows and old road to a spring that was full. After that it goes through some very small but pretty cool narrows a couple times. I climbed up to the top and then headed south with the canyon for a while which gives some real cool views down into the wilderness. I found a dry waterfall that was a good spot to make my way down into the canyon. I felt very alone down in there, like if I fell, no one would find me for a loooong time type alone. The key is, dont fall. Anyway there is some really cool bouldering and route finding in the bottom of the canyon, which makes the going real slow but quite fun. Got into where the canyon opens up and made this the lunch/ turn around point. It was so quiet, I actually fell asleep for a while and got woken up by a jet flying by that scared the :pk: out of me. Plus a stop for tacos on the way back = an excellent day.
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Nov 26 2020
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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering5.39 Miles 821 AEG
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Fun time in this canyon that is pretty close to the East Valley. I parked at the gate at about 6:30 AM and made my way up the lower canyon exploring a side canyon along the way. Made it to the Wilderness TH in pretty short order. The trip up was spent more in the creek bed. This allowed me to do some fun bouldering around. The trip back down I followed the trail more and walked the road from the TH to the gate.

Great canyon and the perfect way to start my Thanksgiving. Much thanks to @joebartels for making HAZ possible and for everyone who has opened my eyes to the incredible opportunities for adventure that exist in Arizona and beyond. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Apr 18 2020
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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
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Beautiful area the cliffs surround the canyons are impressive. We ended up not doing the hike because of the d**UTV's and a massive 4 x 4 club meet. No joke there had to be 50 people there. Seems like a popular area so going during the week might be better.
We did not realize we needed to go through the gate to get to the trailhead.So this puts you at 3 miles from the right turn. Our Grand cherokee could have made it but you'll get some AZ pinstriping.
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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,581
Canyoneering7.57 Miles 1,194 AEG
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the main attraction of the weekend, this was our second hike in the white canyon wilderness
we were able to drive to the fence near the artisian well, with a 3/4 mile road walk to the trailhead
excellent setting with battle axe next door
easy walk to begin with, then canyon walls close in
numerous creek crossings with smooth white granite channels appearing
we checked out a few viewpoints
travel became a little more challenging with some bouldering and bushwhacking required
we stayed dry for a couple miles, then decided it would be easier to stay in the creek for some of the obstacles
one pool was waist high, but the workaround didn't seem worth doing
about two miles in, one section was very brushy
some beautiful areas - very scenic canyon
we passed the bat cave again, and came to the waterfall at the end of the official route
must not have taken a photo of it
pondered trying to get up, but it looked pretty slick, with a deep pool to negotiate below
the return trip went quicker, knowing where the obstacles were and heading downhill
nice to see white canyon in person, after viewing photos
perfect weather, good company, lots of wildflowers
great idea for the weekend, john - thanks!
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Apr 05 2020
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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
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Beautiful hike up the creek with fabulous geology all around. Lots of wild flowers in bloom. Saw bear sign in two places. A few turtles were spotted diving for cover. Bats in the bat cave. Excellent hike, although it takes some work to do the full monte.
Thanks for joining me Kelly. :)
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 Mesa,Az
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
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:yes: Brads back from MN let's go !! Finally made it to the end of Joe's Official White Canyon Route :y: Water down just enough to make it thru the boulders that stopped us before. If it wasn't for all of the limbs and brush that stacked up blocking the way in several places, it would have made it more accessible, but hey if it was easy----everyone would be doing it, and you all know what that means :M2C: it was oh so worth it, throw in the Bat Cave and this will be one of my favorite hikes, need to check out other hikes in the area on HAZ, Mr Grasshopper again this time your Tower Arch Hike will be next on the list. Again thanks to everyone that post routes and or at least have photo locations on, I have used that feature many times to get a general idea HAZ Rocks !!!!
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 Mesa, AZ
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
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White Canyon Wilderness! I was invited to explore this cool area with Richard Webb. He’s been in here more than the local bighorns. I drove in with Pickles and Te_wa.

We opted for an easy explore up the canyon from the road. Part of the party we were with had a 2wd Dodge Durango, so we parked about a mile before the end of Battle Axe Road at the first gate.

The weather was “crisp” but not too cold. The shadows of the canyon stay with us for most of the hike until the end. There is a trail that starts off from the end of the road. That goes on and off as you progress up the canyon. Lots of boulder hopping in the middle. I was impressed with the pools and slick rock slots that dotted the creek. The saguaro laden cliffs and interesting formations really made this hike enjoyable. It reminded me of Fish Creek in some spots. I would wager this place is stunning when the leaves change.

We only went in about 2.5 miles, but it was a good day for a hike in a really cool area.

I have never been in this amazing area was very happy to experience even a small slice of this place. I know I will be back to see other places in here. Lots of peaks, ridges, other canyons to explore!
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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
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Time for something new and exciting, checked out Joe's description of this Canyon sounds doable. Headed out and signed in at the TH, looks like when route was made it was dry and they walked right up the wash. This time was full of water and a lot of detours and scrambling :) Was a secluded Canyon had all to ourselves, got stopped about 2 miles in :( water was just to high to maneuver between and underneath the huge boulders, had a snack and said we would be back.
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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
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We haven't been to White Canyon for a few years, so put it on the Venture Out hike list for this year. The trail needs some grooming, so we will return with a few folks to clean it up in the coming weeks. We found our way in, but the trail was much easier to locate on our way out. This should be a great hike in the next few days with a rainy period in the State. This was the first visit where we had the thrill of seeing sheep.
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I hadn't previously approached WCW from this side so I was surprised to find a trail register and ... a trail! At least for a while until it's just easier to hop in the water and enjoy the place.

This was just a bonus add-on to Battle Axe. I still need to get back here and explore more. It's a true gem.
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Nov 22 2018
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Just the peaceful trail I was hoping for today. Great time , no one else around. A few pools of water. Only one area had a little fall color. Good all around exercise bouldering and scrambling.
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Nov 10 2018
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White and Wood Canyon Wander, AZ 
White and Wood Canyon Wander, AZ
 
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The_EagleTriplogs 1,936
Hiking14.62 Miles 3,173 AEG
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Joe suggested we get back to this area and it'd been on my list for a revisit.

Dropping into the meat of White Canyon is easiest and best (IMO) off FR319. After a short road walk for all but the toughest of 4 x 4's, It starts tamely enough at White Water spring. At the 3 mile mark, the fun begins. The canyon drops off too far to continue, so it's time to go up to start really enjoying the geology.

There's no other place I've been that is like this area. It's stark but really interesting. Views of Battle Axe and back down into White Canyon, never make you loose interest. We dropped back in and wandered down canyon to try to find a new way up the other side. It took awhile, but after sending out a test Karl, he found us a pretty sweet route up.

The plan from here was to lunch up top across from Battle Axe. The contour we took up was not panning out and we took lunch at the Height of Light with four of our bovine friends.
View from Height of Light :next: [ youtube video ]
After a check of time and miles remaining, we adjusted our activities and headed back down into White Canyon.

Travel back up canyon was slow, mainly because of the scenery. Karl felt the need for a swim at one point, so he forced Joe and I into a break. We checked out the Bat Cave and then made the final push back.
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The transitions from White Canyon to Wood Canyon was a bit tricky, but worked out.

Wood Canyon is probably a one and done for me (compared to what's available right next door at White Canyon) , but it helped complete the loop and get'er done before dark.

I'll be back. There's unfinished business there.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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