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Mar 20 2019
Grasshopper
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
The Rincon - White Canyon WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2019
Grasshopper
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 20 2019
Oregon_Hiker
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 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
The Rincon Rim, AZ 
The Rincon Rim, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2019
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,188 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   6 Hrs   11 Mns   0.57 mph
1,188 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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rwstorm
The plan for this day hike was to follow ssk44's route along the rim of The Rincon from his Dec. 2010 trip. We didn't expect to be able to do the full route but hoped to get as far as the F-100F military aircraft crash site (see the linked guide and ssk44's triplog). GH and I met rwstorm at the HW177 turnoff on Battle Axe Road and started the drive to the trailhead. The last few miles where the road circles around the north side of Battle Axe Butte were very rough high clearance 4x4 and we were glad to have two 4x4 vehicles in case one broke down. At the trailhead Randy decided to opt out of the rim hike and do some less physically challenging explorations on his own.

The hike was all off-trail. Over the first 1.5 miles it was fairly easy to find our way around and between bushes and other prickly stuff. But the grapefruit sized rocks littering the ground were an ankle twisting foot bruising nuisance. The consolation was the amazing views as we hiked along the rim. After about 1.2 miles the rim becomes a narrow spine with cliff sided peaks and pinnacles that make it necessary to traverse along either the south or north side. After visually checking both sides we chose to go on the north side but after another 0.3 miles the slope we were traversing got very steep and covered with brush which slowed our progress and used up a lot of energy. High rock outcroppings blocked the views of the route ahead and resulted in dithering back and forth while we did some route finding. We finally decided to climb up to a saddle with views of both sides of the ridge and take a lunch break. At this point we discovered that the south side of the ridge would be an easier route to continue the hike as well as for the return route. After considerable procrastination over lunch while enjoying the views and assessing our remaining energy and time we decided to head back. We would not make it to the F-100F crash site which was about another 0.5 miles across some rugged ground.
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Mar 20 2019
rwstorm
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Battle Axe-White Canyon Area, AZ 
Battle Axe-White Canyon Area, AZ
 
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I have been wanting to go back here for quite awhile, the last time was in 2012. When I found out Larry and Hank were going there, I asked if I could join them. My hiking abilities are limited these days, so I sort of knew I wasn't up for the planned hike, but I wanted to see them again and check things out. I figured with the winter we had it would be pretty wet and green, and of course it was! :D

Much is still about the same, but there have been some changes. The road seems rougher than the last time I was there. I think it is good that neat places like this are a little hard to get to. There is active mining in the area, and that means changes in access to roads, etc. from time to time, but in general things are as I remembered.

After Hank and Larry set off on their hike, I wandered around a few places enjoying the green and flowers, then I headed back early, driving back via the Kelvin-Florence Road, then back to Tucson via I-10 from Picacho. Beat the rush hour traffic, which was nice.
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Oct 31 2015
CannondaleKid
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 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
The Rincon Battle Axe Butte Loop, AZ 
The Rincon Battle Axe Butte Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking9.00 Miles 2,691 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   6 Hrs   39 Mns   1.42 mph
2,691 ft AEG      20 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Tracey called to tell me she would be leaving work early Friday so I quickly threw together a number of hike possibilities and loaded up the Jeep. We hoped to have enough time for a short hike late Friday but we ran short of time and barely had enough time to set up the tent before sunset. We didn't get to our preferred camp site but the alternate provided an awesome view of the southern face of Battle Axe Butte.

'The Rincon' was my last hike to do in the White Canyon Wilderness mapped area so early Saturday morning that's where we headed. From Battle Axe Road we followed a cow path up to the first ridge and continued following as many cow paths as were available until reaching the eastern ridge of The Rincon. From there we would follow the long arc south and west. My as-yet unspoken to Tracey hope was of reaching Peak 3980 (on my to-do list for Teapot Mountain Quadrangle) or at least as far as the F-100 crash site. But traversing a few of the northern slopes of the northern ridge the constant steep angle was playing havoc with my still-ailing left ankle, which slowed our pace dramatically.

After a short snack break we decided there were too many other areas we'd like to explore to tie up our whole day on this hike, and turned back. Freed from the 'have to reach here' anxieties we began what became a long wandering clockwise loop around Battle Axe and back to our camp.

We caught the GET #3 just below Peak 3260, followed it to Battle Axe Road, on to Walnut Creek where we headed south along the eastern base of Battle Axe Butte and ultimately following Walnut Canyon Road back up to our camp site. Back at camp we took a short rest before setting off for the second of four hikes we will take over the weekend.

We simply could not believe that with such a beautiful area and perfect weather that we would only see two other humans the whole weekend. But then we're quite happy it was the case... all the more to enjoy for ourselves.
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Dec 18 2010
ssk44
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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
The Rincon - White Canyon WildernessGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2010
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Hiking7.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   0.93 mph
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The Rincon

This is an awesome backcountry destination. What a blast! This trip may have been the highlight of 2010 for me. It must be seen in person to appreciate. Photos don't do it. The views were incredible along the entire route and the obstacles never disappointed. The severity of terrain heading out onto the far west edge was shocking. Some of the ravines and cliff faces are literally frightening. I peeked over some jagged edges that made me ill. Heavily fragmented rock only added to the caution level. The warning on the main hike page is not exaggerated. Staying on the primary route is very important. We were not able to complete the final 100 yards due to a nasty fissure slicing across the narrow ridgeline. The outer point stood there mocking us! I felt like I was kicked in the nuts. We were able to crawl down into the fissure, but determined that the blind crumbly return route was not an option. The cost of admission was too high. I don't want to say it was impossible, it was just more then we were comfortable with. Just reaching our turn around point was no picnic. I think our fried nerves helped persuade us to turn back. We backtracked up onto a rocky outcropping, and enjoyed a well-deserved lunch break.

An added bonus to this day was walking up on an old jet crash. It was so eerie to explore the debris field. Pieces were thrown across a huge area. Our combined Internet research came up with nothing specific regarding this site. My friend found an article about a T-37B trainer jet that went down near North Butte, which by coincidence is directly nearby. I found an HAZ forum post by Nighthiker that spoke of a T-38 trainer jet crash in the White Canyon Wilderness, however no internet blogs or articles revealed any specifics. Nighthiker had not personally visited the site, but knew of the event. We could only find one engine at the crash site. The T-38 is a likely candidate due to being a single engine plane. I'm hoping my fellow HAZ members can provide some additional info and feedback because I've reached a dead end at this point.


Crash Site Coordinates: Lat. 33 Degrees/09'/34.81"/N & Long. 111 Degrees/07'/16.24"/W

Note: The current road conditions accessing the White Canyon Wilderness area, including "The Rincon" are very good at this time. A local rancher has repaired the entire road that passes through the area. Four-wheel drive is still recommended for reaching "The Rincon" trailhead. Most stock four-wheel drive vehicles are sufficient.




Update (12/20/2010)

Plane: F-100F Super Sabre Fighter (Hun)
Accident Date: April 4th, 1960
Occupants: Capt. Robert C. Vickery & 2nd Lt. Terrel F. Johnson (Both Ejected & Survived)
Airfield Of Last Takeoff: Williams AFB

See Attached Accident Report


Special thanks to Chris B. (arizonawrecks.com) & Craig Fuller (aviationarchaeology.com) for providing this data.



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