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Feb 02 2019
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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chumley
Canyoneering3.77 Miles 574 AEG
Canyoneering3.77 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   1.60 mph
574 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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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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AZLOT69
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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AZLOT69
Canyoneering8.90 Miles 824 AEG
Canyoneering8.90 Miles
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Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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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
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
White and Wood Canyon Wander, AZ 
White and Wood Canyon Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2018
joebartels
Hiking14.50 Miles 3,148 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   10 Hrs   11 Mns   1.67 mph
3,148 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Bruce modified his 2016 masterpiece loop after I got the White Canyon bug. Passed a couple hunter camps heading in. Near record October rainfall has [ Turpentine Bush ] dotting the entire area with yellow!

4 miles went by quick. Then the guys worked overtime scouting routes I could handle. Karl rolling 55%-Genius 45%-Luck deciphered a route up a steep wall skirting disneyland terrain to freedom.

Small pools of water and narrow passages is the obstacle course in a nutshell. We had a longer than typical break then another where Karl went for a swim... seriously. Opted to show Karl the bat cave.

Route finding and such ate up the clock. We latched on to the new mission... tackle 6+ miles in 3 hours before natural light gave way to a dark chilly night. Karl picked up the pace and it panned out.

I've avoided creeks and canyons since my left arm and hand can no longer catch a fall or balance quick. It went about as expected. This type of hike takes a lot more energy. Started eating more 2 days ahead of the hike and easily consumed 3 times the calories vs 14.5 miles on trail. Fine for half. Then went from dragging to virtual zombie. Held back on aspirin and 5hr knockoff until the final few miles. Zapped back to life, the sun dropped, slow terrain gave way to virtual highway fields and wide flat draws. Love this place. Zero hikers encountered. Typical for the trailless remote backcountry.
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BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
White and Wood Canyon Wander, AZ 
White and Wood Canyon Wander, AZ
 
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BiFrost
Hiking14.95 Miles 3,183 AEG
Hiking14.95 Miles   10 Hrs   11 Mns   1.72 mph
3,183 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break
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We had a great loop planned that Bruce put together. It was a bit modified but possibly for the better and we managed to see the main attractions. We dropped into White Canyon early on and ventured downstream passing a spring and some narrow sections. Eventually we hit a large pour off that we had to exit the canyon to get around. However, it was well worth the re-route with great geology and views all the way. Eventually we dropped back into White Canyon and enjoyed the scenery along with some nice pools. Followed the canyon for another ½ mile before exiting again. We found a cool exit route that I wasn’t sure would go but persistence prevailed and was able follow the exit all the way to the rim.

Once out of the canyon we hiked up a ridgeline to Height of Light survey marker where we had lunch with a view and a group of cows that seemed to own the ridge. After lunch we followed another route back into White Canyon exploring a different section. We went by the bat cave which Bruce had scouted on a previous trip. The cave is perched up in the cliff just above the canyon and was fun little scramble except for the pile of bat guano but what do you expect in a bat cave :)

We continued up canyon until we reached another side canyon and the eventual exit. Nice pools in this section and some fun rocky climbs to keep our attention. It was about 3pm when we still had over 6 miles to go and some off trail in the canyon. But we managed to make short work of the tough terrain and crossed a saddle over into Wood Canyon. Once in Wood Canyon the going got much faster with wide open space despite still being off trail. Eventually we picked up some trail passing by Crucifixion Tank and Black Hill Tank on the way back to the vehicle making it just before dark. Great hike and awesome area!
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The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
White and Wood Canyon Wander, AZ 
White and Wood Canyon Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking14.62 Miles 3,173 AEG
Hiking14.62 Miles   10 Hrs   11 Mns   1.67 mph
3,173 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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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.
Bat Cave :next: [ youtube video ]
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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Nov 06 2018
AZLOT69
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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
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AZLOT69
Canyoneering5.70 Miles 824 AEG
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Had the area to ourselves. Very pleasant day in the wilderness.
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Jan 07 2017
CannondaleKid
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 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
White Canyon Promontory Y Loop, AZ 
White Canyon Promontory Y Loop, AZ
 
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CannondaleKid
Hiking9.90 Miles 3,022 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   7 Hrs   50 Mns   1.31 mph
3,022 ft AEG      15 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Just over 4 years ago we ate lunch at the end of the promontory across from Battle Axe Butte so it was about time for a return trip... with a little more distance thrown in.

Our 'loop' would actually be shaped like the outline around a small letter 'y'. We began from Battle Axe Road heading NNW on the GET #3 until reaching the saddle NW of Peak 3660. From there we rounded-the-corner to the east where we ascended a gorge before turning back west to pass the summit of Peak 3660.

The summit log for Peak 3660 was nowhere to be found. In fact, the spot where the log was on my last visit was now a large divot. And next to the divot was a large piece of the rock that had been on the summit.
:-k
How did it get that way? I thought it possible there may have been moisture underneath and it was struck by lightning, blowing the rock out and throwing it over. The only other explanation I could think of was someone pried it out, but there was no evidence of any tool to pry the rock out. Oh well, the mystery unsolved, time to move on.

From Peak 3660 we headed southwest over hill-and-dale on the way to the southern end of the promontory. I was quite surprised the route I planned on Route Manager worked out so well. In one area where we would have to ascend through a ridge of large boulders, I marked waypoints at two 'possible' locations based on satellite and Topo views and we were fortunate the first one was the perfect spot.
:DANCE:
And that's pretty much how our hike went... 'on-the-top' anyway. We made it to the southern end in time for our Battle Axe-view lunch spot.
:y:
Once we descended into White Canyon at the northeast end of our small 'y' we knew we had our work cut out for us. With plenty of water flow the pools that on previous occasions had been either dry or barely wet were now too deep to even wade through.
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Being already committed to following the canyon back to Battle Axe Road we just got-on-with-it. And by taking on some pretty serious bushwhacking we only had to step in ankle-deep water one time. I didn't take many photos in the canyon... we were too focused on simply getting through.

But no matter the trials and tribulations in White Canyon, the rest of the hike more than made up for it with the awesome views and terrain we traversed. Not many folks pass through this area.
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chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
White Canyon Upper - SW Approach FR319Globe, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 02 2017
chumley
Hiking7.73 Miles 1,748 AEG
Hiking7.73 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   1.71 mph
1,748 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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I was a bit tired from my New Year's weekend hikes but didn't want to let a day off go to waste, especially not with all the water that has been flowing around the desert mountains lately.

White Canyon has been on my radar since Arizona Wilderness introduced it's Crystal-Pepsi-like uneducated tarzan swinger White Canyon Stout ... which is blonde colored but tastes like a stout. :o (Yes, I realized I wanted to visit somewhere because of the name of a beer!) :sweat:

After visiting the spine and seeing 1-800-the-joey put together a big loop out here a few weeks back, it was fresh in my mind. I was hoping to see good water flowing through the falls in the canyon. I decided that the drive and miles of creek hiking from the south were a bit more than I wanted to tackle on Monday, so I chose the north route from FR319 (the hike description title should probably be renamed sometime so as to not confuse future hikers).

I almost drove all the way to the spring on FR2260, but stopped where a jeep had parked at the top of the hill. 4wd would be required to descend the hill, but primarily because of the one main switchback which has some big boulders as you make the sharp turn. The rest of it is a standard rough 4wd road. Of course, it's not a long walk, so if you don't enjoy roads like this, just park and walk the extra mile or two when you don't feel comfortable driving anymore.

The upper canyon had a light flow of water both above and below the spring, but much less than I was hoping for or expecting. I passed the jeep people as they were on their way out. They were hunting fox but came up empty on the day. To say they were shocked to see me would be an understatement. They had no idea people actually just go out here to hike and explore! : rambo :

The upper canyon is easy to travel in and a couple of well-worn bypasses leave the creek bottom and are marked with cairns. When I reached the top of the box, I stayed on the north side and looked for a way down to the bottom. Along the way I found a very nice 40 foot waterfall from a side drainage. It was interesting that this drainage was flowing more than the much larger main drainage!

Once I had worked my way to the bottom, I attempted to head back upstream toward the fifteen foot falls in the box. There was a short swimmer that I couldn't bypass, and I waded in hoping to find a reasonable way across. Nope. I stripped down and jumped in! With air temps in the low 50s, calling the water refreshing would be an understatement! :o

Unfortunately, at the end of the pool is a small 2 foot cascade, but unable to touch bottom and the water flow hitting me from above, I couldn't manage to climb up. Defeated, I retreated to the beach and put on some warm, dry clothes.

Next I climbed back upstream a bit looking for a descent down the western wall. About halfway down, I felt uncomfortable with the unsure footing on a short pitch I would have to downclimb, and I retreated back up. Next I tried to crab butt-scoot down the angled slope of sheer rock adjacent to a vertical wall. This worked remarkably well and I reached the bottom of the box just below the fifteen foot waterfall. Sadly, it wasn't that exciting. ](*,)

I explored downstream in the box to the cascade and pool that had turned me away earlier. I enjoyed this section. On the way out, I learned quickly that getting up the sloped rock I had descended was not a good plan. But the pitch I didn't want to climb down earlier proved to be much more reassuring on the ascent and I was out of the box in no time.

Not wanting to return the way I had already been, I headed downstream looking for an exit point on the east side of the canyon. I saw one spot that looked promising, but decided to continue downstream and explore a bit more with the time I had remaining. There's a horseshoe bend in a narrow slot with high vertical walls before the canyon opens up about a quarter mile below the box.

Here I made my exit, encountering an obstacle consisting of about a 15 foot vertical layer that included a dryfall near the top of the drainage. There was a crack on the right that was nicely protected from exposure and allowed me to get above it with a short class 4 scramble.

Once above the canyon, it was just a pleasant stroll along the edge of the canyon, taking in the views from a variety of outlook points. Once I had returned above the box, I descended this side into the canyon above the fifteen foot falls, discovering yet another fall, this one in a narrow slot of smooth rock that dropped into a nearly hidden circular pot.

For the most part, I was able to stay in the canyon from here back to the top with the exception of one narrow section that would have required me to get wet again, which I chose not to do. With darkness approaching, I made swift time on the return, getting back to my truck in less than an hour.

White Canyon, you've got me hooked. Can't wait to get back and check out the lower part and explore some more. The geology out here is awesome! So is the stout! :y:

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max White Water Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Full trough, good flow from pipe, and running water in the adjacent creek.
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The_Eagle
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White Canyon Loop - White Canyon Wilderness, AZ 
White Canyon Loop - White Canyon Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking16.16 Miles 3,626 AEG
Hiking16.16 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   1.64 mph
3,626 ft AEG      40 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Six years ago while hiking the old route of AZT 16 in this area, Joe made a comment that stuck with me. "I don't know why they didn't route the AZT through White Canyon. That area is incredible." That always stuck with me, but it took me this long to draw something up that visited this area.

An easy mile road walk gets you into the northern arm of White Canyon, close to White Water Spring. This canyon gets more impressive the farther you get in.

At 3 miles in, you will have a decision point. Staying in the canyon (without equipment) is not an option, as we'd find out later. We went up to the left and enjoyed the views into the canyon from above. We ultimately dropped back in at mile 4.75. There is plenty to explore up top..

THIS IS A SPECIAL AREA

We continued down the canyon until we hit the FR and then continued to the old routing of AZT 16. After some lunch, we made the decision to climb straight up to unnamed Peak 3635. It was steep and loose, but not too bad. Then it was a matter of following the ridge line back down to White Canyon.

youtube.com/watch?v ... csms

The plan was to follow the canyon back to where we'd originally gotten out of it. Plenty of water and small falls, pools, and a few areas we had to traverse around. Plenty of geology lessons and even a bat cave.

Getting close, we came to a point we could not get through. We contemplated swimming it, but luckily decided against it. We went high right to get out, with no luck. Back down in the canyon, we went high left, and this worked. Looking at the bypass area from above, there were a few swimmers and no friendly exits.

The rest was just pushing daylight getting back to the Truck. It was a chilly 41 when we finished.

This is a sweet area to explore.....
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max White Water Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Trough was full of cool clean water
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joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
White Canyon Wilderness - Center Loop, AZ 
White Canyon Wilderness - Center Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2016
joebartels
Hiking15.80 Miles 3,640 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   10 Hrs   35 Mns   1.63 mph
3,640 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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Bruce put this loop together by routes from Hank & Mark. When I saw it I knew it would be a great hike. While Brown's Peak got me hiking, White Canyon taught me how to sing.

Bruce drove in 0.4 miles off SR177 on FR319 to the safe 2WD parking. The road was recently graded. Arnett Creek was already starting a narrow yet deep crevice across the road so some may prefer to walk it.

43 degrees and windy, with a predicted high of 54. I started off wearing three long sleeve shirts and pants due to the temps. Pants are a good idea if you don't like any scratches. 10 degrees warmer and I'd be in shorts. It rained a bit last night and there was a very light flow in a couple area. All avoidable if careful. Some of the terrain was easy scrambling.

4-5 miles is road or use trail. Over half of the road walk is within the wilderness and very scenic. The majority of the hike is off trail through the canyon. The high canyon walls of White Canyon are impressive. Especially the eastern wall which is white. The water sculptured rock and narrows in multiple areas are spectacular. Any one of them would be worthy of a hike alone. 2 miles is out of the canyon to ride a ridge back to make the loop. It is a hearty 600 ft climb to the highpoint 3635 atop the ridge. Excellent views down the entire ridge. This loop is just a smorgasbord of bells and whistles. The less exciting final 2.8 miles went by quick.

Geology rocks a very short, semi boring, video starring Off_trail_Eagle.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
In isolated areas it was moderate and fading.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max White Water Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
crystal clear full tank with a very light flow
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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
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RedRoxx44
Hiking3.00 Miles 660 AEG
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Looked on the map and choose a couple of destinations in the area. I'm on the hopefully tail end of a cold/bronchitis thing so I wasn't too perky on the off trail. Pretty area and some interesting sites, PSA at the Walnut canyon road crossing the road that heads down that canyon is gated off by Asarco. The drive in was good. It was cold and breezy but with some catclaw good to be bundled up.
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 Mesa, AZ
White Canyon Wilderness X2, AZ 
White Canyon Wilderness X2, AZ
 
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Hiking7.25 Miles 1,482 AEG
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A White Canyon Wilderness Two'fer... we started off with a hike along the ridge east of White Canyon out to the Peak 3010, where we had an awesome picnic-lunch view of Battle Axe Butte across the canyon to the south.

Next we hiked out north into White Canyon hoping to find an ascent route up toward the eastern ridge. I believe we found a way up but since it is the type of terrain Tracey would just as soon not deal with, we turned back.

Looks like I'll have to return on my own for that adventure.

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 Chandler, AZ
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
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OdinWiski
Hiking5.00 Miles 660 AEG
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Youtube video of this hike:

https://www.youtube.co...

The White Canyon is a beautiful little treat tucked away in Superior. It offers hiking, boulder hopping, climbing, and canyoneering, whatever floats your boat.

We parked at the gate and hiked the jeep road up, but could've easily driven up in the lifted 4Runner and parked at the wilderness boundary. It was a good little warm up in the chilly morning.

We didn't see anyone else on the sign-in book and we had to get a chuckle from another trip report that described an angry entry that complained about not having wheelchair access in this canyon :) By the time we got out and signed out around noon, we saw another entry of a couple, but we never met them in the canyon, which made us think of another description in a trip report of a couple hiking the jeep trail all the way up, signing in, and turning back toward the gate where they parked :)

Once we were in the canyon, we didn't worry too much about route finding. Like any canyon, if you lose the trail somehow, just do some boulder hopping and you will come across the trail again because they tend to cross the creek bed every now and then. It was the case here too. The scenery was definitely gorgeous! We ran into some free-ranged cows :)

We hiked to the pool where the boulder straddled on top of the narrow crack of the waterfall and took a little break while I went just a little further and climbed some big boulders. One person in our group was a novice hiker and did not wear proper shoes. So we turned back at that point. It was a cool little hike that would allow you to do a variety of fun things if you were into them, as evidenced in other trip reports. Definitely recommend this cool little gem tucked away.
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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
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GrottoGirl
Canyoneering3.16 Miles 728 AEG
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The forecast was for rain, but we decided to head out on the camping trip anyway. I had been very close to bailing on the camping part when John said "tarp and firewood" and then I was definitely in! Over half of the group that was supposed to come bailed because of the weather.

We followed the directions we got from CannondaleKid (Thank you!) and checked out a few campsites finally settling on one near White Canyon which had some nice trees to hang our tarp off from. Our Outback handled the road pretty nicely which just one scraping noise.

We set up our camp in some light rain and then headed out on a short hike. The rain was light and off and on the rest of the afternoon. It might have been more off then on even.

White Canyon is beautiful. It will be hard to tell from my photos since the weather wasn't exactly a nice blue sky kind of day. What I don't understand is why someone had to spray paint dots and arrows to mark the trail. It's easy - you either go up canyon or down canyon...

We found that the dots ended at one of the waterfalls. We decided to continue a way to see what was up canyon. The canyon was considerably rougher after the dots ended. We ended going up out of the canyon for break with a good view of the canyon below. There were interesting cave out formations in the cliffs which were cool to see.

We had a good time in camp with our tarp set up. We had happy hour with some cheeese and crackers. Joel and I made our pork tenderloin in the dutch over. The rain stopped and we enjoyed the campfire. It was a nice day and it made me realize that one shouldn't always cancel because of rain. Being outside is great if you are prepared!
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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
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Canyoneering3.16 Miles 728 AEG
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White CanyonGlobe, AZ
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jameslcox44
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,250 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.00 mph
1,250 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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We drove to Superior and went east 10 miles on hwy 177 to the Primitive road going south. Drove that toward Battleaxe Mountain where an obvious parking spot is before going into the Post with White markings were. From there, we walked the road until we came to a trail marked 'Wilderness Trail". We hiked to the end of the trail, then continued to the junction of a canyon on the left. We went into that canyon, then climbed to the saddle above it to see the Box Canyon on the other side. We had a snack then returned the way we came in. It is a beautiful canyon.
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Artesian Well - Walnut Canyon
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Feb 12 2013
sventre
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 Mesa, AZ
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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sventre
Hiking5.00 Miles 660 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
660 ft AEG
 
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This is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining hikes you can take for so little distance covered. Once you leave the floor of White Canyon and begin to scramble among, over, under and through the boulders which choke the mid-to-upper reaches of the canyon, each turn becomes an adventure. The group I led today enjoyed the mildly-strenuous (for seniors)climb in what turned out to be an excellent weather morning. Would have gone farther had time permitted; but, any distance is worth the effort.

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Enough water to really add to the enjoyment. No waterfalls however beyond the stream bed.
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Nov 14 2012
CannondaleKid
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 Mesa, AZ
White Canyon ButteGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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CannondaleKid
Hiking8.10 Miles 1,952 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   7 Hrs   1 Min   1.82 mph
1,952 ft AEG   2 Hrs   34 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Ever since I first saw this feature sticking out across from Battle Axe I wanted to climb up and hike out to the end. A year ago when we climbed Peak 3660 on the opposite end of the mesa we ran short of time but vowed to return. When I drove by it on my peak bagging trip last week I decided it was time to git'er done!

Even with a late start with only a 90 minute drive to the trailhead we were on the trail well before 9 am. Although we were prepared for a full 8 mile round trip we were hoping to save a mile each way by ascending a ravine just over a mile along the wash. After bushwhacking barely .2 mile through very dense growth we gave up. By time we got back into the canyon we'd lost 30 minutes, but if we'd kept going we may have hit a dead-end anyway, losing even more time.

Ok, although we were moving on in earnest it was still slow going with all the boulder-hopping and boulder-climbing as well as pushing through against the grain of the brush... at least we will be going with the flow on our return. Eventually we reached the wider ravine that allows relatively easy access to the upper mesa area. While it may look reasonably flat on a topo map as well as the route profile, we had a series of 6 major ridges to climb up and over before reaching our destination. But the more experience e gained the better our route choices.

Just before we headed out to the end of the promontory we stopped at the high point on this end for some photos. From here is was an easy jaunt to the promontory edge and took in the awesome views all around. While it did provide a new viewpoint to check out climb routes up Battle Axe, I realized I should go back and look at the photos I took from the next headland to the east, which I climbed a year ago. But no matter, I seriously doubt I'll even attempt Battle Axe. I'm sure my fear of heights will do me in before reaching the summit so I don't see the point to beginning the climb.

Anyway, we took a good 1/2 hour for a leisure picnic and nap before setting out on the return trip. I was getting a bit disappointed we had yet to see any wildlife other than a few birds when there right in front of me is a motion-less Sonoran Whipsnake, almost like it was waiting for it's portrait. So I took a few minutes to shoot some video and take a few close-up shots before it got tired of it all and shot off.

On the way back I descended into the ravine we had hoped was a short-cut to check it out from this direction. For the first 1/4 mile it looked so good I could almost jog down the wash until... rats! barely 200' from the point we reached in our earlier attempt from below was a 50-foot sheer drop. At least now we know it's not a feasible shortcut. When the wash is running it would be a beautiful 50 foot waterfall, but for us it presented a barrier we simply could not bypass. Oh well, at least it only took me 13 minutes to so the half-mile out-and-back before we continued on our way.

By time we were back in White Canyon wash again we were both showing the signs of how much effort we'd already expended. By now my knees were begging for a cold-pack and rest but of course that was not an option. The closer we got to the trailhead the more eager we were to get there so pain or no pain we kept up the pace.

Having neglected to take a photo of our destination before the hike we made sure to take a few before we left. I'm sure it would have been a nice comparison. Tons of photos so I narrowed it down to 50 to post here. The full set of 77 photos is on my web site.
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Battle Axe Butte - 3531ft
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Feb 21 2012
sirena
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 Tucson, AZ
White CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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sirena
Canyoneering2.50 Miles 360 AEG
Canyoneering2.50 Miles
360 ft AEG
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I had Arizona Trail meetings in Superior and Pine, so I drove up to the White Canyon Wilderness the day before. The flowers were much more prevalent than just a week ago. Parked at the trailhead and hiked into the first white pools and set up camp. Saw only one group leaving as I hiked in. A perfect place to spend the day wandering around, photographing flowers and that was about all I was in the mood for. Had a great night under the stars and was in a meeting by 10am.
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Feb 15 2012
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 Scottsdale, AZ
White Canyon Upper - SW Approach FR319Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2012
Grasshopper
Hiking7.30 Miles 835 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   7 Hrs   5 Mns   1.31 mph
835 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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I've been planning and waiting for the right time to schedule this exploratory hike for the past twelve months 8-[ . This past week on 2/15/12 was the right day and Jack (our HAZ-mnlumberjack) was interested in joining me.

Since SUN_HIKER (Gabriele's) trip log and GPS Route post on 2/12/11, I knew that I wanted to checkout this alternate "SW Approach FR319" off-trail route into the upper White Canyon Wilderness and upper White Canyon main drainage access area. On 2/12/11 Gabriele joined a hiking group that hiked in via this alternate route. They were successful in hiking in 3.7 miles from their beginning TH Start on FR319 to enter the main upper White Canyon drainage. Thank you Gabriele for your trip log and for posting this GPS Route.

My plan for this 2/15/12 exploratory hike was to follow the 2/12/11 track for 2.7 miles in, then veer off track west then southwest along the uppermost White Canyon rim areas to try and locate a safe, hike-able route down to the main upper White Canyon creek drainage. If successful, this would put us approx 1.4 miles further up the main White Canyon creek drainage from where the above noted 2/12/11 track entered the main drainage. This would allow for a very nice hike down the most scenic sections of the upper White Canyon creek main drainage for ~1.4mls to connect with where Gabriele's 2/12/11 track entered the main canyon drainage. This waypoint location would be our exit point out of the canyon drainage and then a ~1 mile hike back to connect with our original hike track in for the additional 2.7 miles back to our TH Start off FR319. A good plan :) but..

Unfortunately, we were not successful in locating this above hike-able route down as planned. The topo maps and Google Earth really don't adequately represent the true cliff drops in this section, thus without canyoneering/climbing experience and gear, hiking access down from this upper White Canyon rim section is not safely possible (as best as we can now determine).

The really good news is that the numerous upper rim "overview points" for rugged near and distant White Canyon Wilderness views are just outstanding! :y: So, in hindsight, if we had located a safe, hike-able route down to enter the main canyon the 1.4mls further up the main canyon drainage, we would have missed all the eleven (11) scenic pic "overview points" (please see this hike description "official" GPS Route with noted waypoints, geocoded picset, and detailed pic captions for further reference).

Summary: This "SW Approach FR319" hiking route into our upper White Canyon Wilderness and upper White Canyon is an excellent alternate hike choice for the posted HAZ "White Canyon" canyoneering description for those qualified for this type of off-trail adventure. Also, the first 2.7 hiking miles in (.8mls of 2.7mls on 4WD FR2260) is mostly along a primitive hiker/hunter/animal use route within the most upper White Canyon drainage and this route is rock cairned as of this writing with minor overgrowth and minimal bushwhacking required.

For those interested in a possible hike visit via this new alternate route, here are three main GPS Routes with key waypoints that further document what I discuss above:
http://hikearizona.com/map.php?QX=1543
Yellow track = my "official" one way route for this hike description;
Black track = my actual(11/29/08) 1.4 mile hike within the upper White Canyon main drainage;
Red track = Gabriele's actual (2/12/11) 1.0 mile track from exit/entry point within the upper White Canyon main drainage to intersect the Yellow track for the 2.7 mile hike back to TH Start;
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Good tasting water with a nice flow into a stock tank via a PVC pipe;
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