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Spirit Canyon - 5 members in 16 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 16 2021
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71 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2021
DaytripperTriplogs 909
Hiking7.20 Miles 800 AEG
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Decided it was a good day for a bushwhacking trip :D .Leaving home noticed a light dusting of snow on the Superstition ridgeline , low dark clouds and wind made for a chilly 46° at the trailhead in the State Park. Surprised at the large number of vehicles there for a weekday. Followed Discovery trail to the start of Siphon Draw trail then turned west on Jacob’s Crosscut, experienced a couple of brief graupel drizzles along the way, saw no one else after turning onto Jacob’s until I later returned to Siphon Draw Trail. Left Jacobs trail at a large boulder abreast of the east side of Spirit Canyon and went from Boulder to Boulder along an intermittently cairned route. Definitely vegetation along the way , only puddles of water no flow in the canyon, made it to the petroglyphs and around the dry waterfall and called it a day. Took a different route back that initially looked promising but then disappeared ended up coming out on Jacob’s Trail about . 5 miles west of where I first left it. Would like to go to 3845 next trip up here, enjoyed the different views and solitude, especially compared to Siphon Draw,disappointed in seeing no wildlife.
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Feb 23 2020
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61 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2020
wallyfrackTriplogs 1,448
Hiking9.90 Miles 2,402 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   4 Hrs   53 Mns   2.03 mph
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I decided to go back to Spirit Canyon after the rain. The trails were a little muddy but you could avoid most of the trouble spots. Water was flowing down the canyon and it was pretty easy to avoid. My feet were wet from the vegetation anyway. The hike up was good and I decided to check out an opening in the cliff. Once up at the opening, why not climb up under the flatiron and drop back down siphon draw. The Siphon Draw area was full of people and the wet slick rock area was fun to get down. A nice day to be out in the flow.
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Feb 08 2020
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60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2020
Tortoise_HikerTriplogs 3,069
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,104 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.15 mph
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wallyfrack
Explored a little of the bottom section. Started at Crosscut Broadway trailhead. Thanks Wally, you rock!
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Feb 08 2020
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61 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
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Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2020
wallyfrackTriplogs 1,448
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,104 AEG
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Denny told me to take a hike and then be both showed up at the same trail. That was awkward. :lol: The plan was a short hike so the turtle could meet the pool boy later. I didn't ask any questions. We started early and the moon lit the way. The temperature was nice and cool and once in Spirit Canyon we were in the shadow of the mountain. The trail is overgrown but there were a lot of cairns and some recent work on the brush. We found the petroglyphs and looked around at the views. No critters were around and we only saw a few hikers until the last mile heading back to the car. Thanks for driving Denny.
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Jan 29 2020
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71 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZLOT69Triplogs 2,004
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,519 AEG
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Trail overgrown since my last visit, but we figured it out and had a great day in the Superstitions. Perfect hiking weather.
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Nov 10 2019
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51 male
 Joined Aug 22 2003
 Mesa
Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2019
te_waTriplogs 336
Hiking4.60 Miles 1,519 AEG
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Pickles
quick day hike into the last canyon left out of the several on the S. side of Supes Mountain we've hiked. this one is steep, par for course. and has 'glyphs! there's a scrambly route over towards monument that might take you to the ridgeline but not for us, not today. each of these canyons have similar personalities, but interesting, minute differences that make one want to see them all. of course, carney just being "there". Hog is cool. Hiero is really fun, Monument has wreckage (a must see) and the canyon "west of hog" is ok. Spirit, like Hiero, has a small panel of about 10 'glyphs. was nice to cross it off and actually made a terrific spot for lunch. there's a saddle with a reasonably flat camp spot about 2 miles in, with views all the way to DTPHX. would be a good chill spot to watch the city lights.

NOTE: even tho we parked on the asphalt where it stops, and dirt begins, we were greeted with a ridiculous note on the car that we were "trespassing" and next time they'd tow us. however, the signs that say "no trespassing" are actually posted on a RIGHT OF WAY that is owned by the county. so the neighbors out there are not very neighborly.. just a heads up.
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Nov 29 2017
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71 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2017
AZLOT69Triplogs 2,004
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,023 AEG
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Light cloudiness, nice hike.
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Jan 18 2014
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56 male
 Joined Jan 07 2012
 Gilbert
Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2014
vanmanTriplogs 223
Hiking6.25 Miles 700 AEG
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An easy afternoon hike with the kids to try to re-interest them in hiking and to find the petroglyphs I missed the last time through here. It was a successful day on both accounts! The kids had fun and we located the petroglyphs by the falls.

Lots of traffic on SR88 from events at the Elks and Museum. I've never seen it so crazy! We parked at Mining Camp and never saw anyone after we turned right on Crosscut, which I expected might be the case.

Spirit Canyon has a beauty all its own. It is rugged and the trails that exist aren't much but that makes it a fun adventure!
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Dec 28 2013
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71 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZLOT69Triplogs 2,004
Hiking4.30 Miles 1,517 AEG
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Nice afternoon hike. No one else around.
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Nov 25 2013
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56 male
 Joined Jan 07 2012
 Gilbert
Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2013
vanmanTriplogs 223
Hiking6.25 Miles 1,517 AEG
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Had to get out and enjoy the day so I headed out from Mining Camp and took Crosscut south past Spirit Canyon. Coming out of the deepest drainage I went off-trail and headed for the mouth of Monument Canyon, passing a couple old campsites of broken glass and rusty tin cans along the way. I began climbing the north slope at the opening of Monument, my goal being the saddle that separates it from Spirit Canyon.

Without Mike along I got to practice my route finding skills, which is fun and a little nerve-racking at the same time. Not to mention that weird feeling of being off-trail and alone in an unfamiliar spot!

After making it through some tough spots I finally had the saddle in sight. Made it up there and took a break, took some pix and did a little re-con to figure out a way down! Heard running water in the canyon below too! I picked a good route down that only had minor scrambles and soon I was in a slick rock drainage. Thought I might have some trouble there but was able to get down without cliffing out. Found a cairned route out and headed for the car.

Spirit Canyon is a really cool place if you haven't been in there. I'm surprised it doesn't get more activity because it has lots going on!
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Apr 17 2013
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56 male
 Joined Jan 07 2012
 Gilbert
Spirit Canyon to Siphon Draw Loop, AZ 
Spirit Canyon to Siphon Draw Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2013
vanmanTriplogs 223
Hiking9.10 Miles 3,137 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.46 mph
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This was an awesome hike! We weren't sure what to expect but Mike and I were both glad we decided to check it out! If you don't mind some steep, off-trail roughness you will be rewarded with a whole new perspective of the Flatiron.

We left Mining Camp for Siphon Draw and turned right on Crosscut. A few minutes after we passed a giant boulder we found a route up to Spirit Canyon. We saw SAR helicopters on the way and soon saw SAR on foot way up canyon. We went straight up the wash, veered a little right, then climbed the ridge up to the base of Flatiron. With binoculars we noticed a strange formation so we descended the ridge heading west from the tip of Flatiron and dropped back down the Spirit Canyon side. After splitting up and searching, I located the rock hut (see pix). We climbed back up to the ridge and headed for the lower cliffs. Explored around those and then followed a nice trail that leads back to the very top of the basin (above all the loose stuff) and headed down on the Siphon Draw trail.

Without even using Spirit Canyon you could reverse our route and explore up to the base of Flatiron. It is worth it for sure!!
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Apr 09 2013
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43 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2013
Charger55Triplogs 573
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,517 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.78 mph
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My advice if you want to hike Spirit Canyon is to start from the Mining Camp/Lost Dutchman area. The trailhead listed in the hike description is surrounded by private property. No Parking, No Trespassing, Beware of Dog and other discouraging signs abound. I found a spot down the road by the water tanks, but even that looked suspect.

The hike itself is short, but full of adventure. Some semblance of a trail exists most of the way. Even so, long pants and bug spray are a good idea. Thankfully the cool weather allowed for easy off-trail hiking and no fear of snakes. At the first waterfall I checked out the petroglyphs and then scrambled up to the arch at the second waterfall. As others have mentioned, it looks like you could kept going all the way to the Flatiron.
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Jan 18 2013
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77 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2013
jameslcox44Triplogs 131
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I have to refer to this as the No Name Canyon hike. Leaving from Dutchman's Park or the TH on McKellips we moved up the siphon draw trail. Then we cut southwest on the Jacob's crosscut trail where it connects to siphon draw trail. After a mile and one half or more at a 15 ft boulder, we cairned a spot just south of the boulder to move off Jacob's crosscut and toward the canyon that is between siphon draw and Monument canyon. There is a sometimes faint trail moving toward the canyon. Essentially, we moved along what we perceived as the trail from one large boulder to another until we reached the wash entering the canyon. There we worked our way across the wash and to a trail above the wash on the south side. The trail seemed to disappear and reappear as we moved up the canyon toward the waterfalls. When we got to the falls and saw the hieroglyphs, we wanted to get higher to find more. We got to the arch on top of the waterfalls and discovered more cairns heading higher up. I'm not certain if they go to the top of the ridge line or not, leaving a hike for another day. My main curiosity was in finding the hieroglyphs that I had heard were in the Canyon.

We cairned the trail on the way out as far as the boulders, thinking anyone coming into the canyon could use the 20 foot boulders as landmarks to work their way into the canyon. I would like to know if this canyon has a name. I had not seen or heard of it having a name.

As we worked our way back to the TH, we spotted the deer ahead of us crossing the trail. A satisfying day when we found what we were looking for.
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Sep 24 2012
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 Joined Nov 24 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2012
sventreTriplogs 71
Hiking2.00 Miles 1,517 AEG
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This is one of those little "backyard gems". Admittedly, the first part of the trek crosses open desert and is not ideal on a hot summer day; but, fortunately, it was overcast this morning. Additionally, at the very beginning of the hike I entered a wash and completely missed the very easy-to-follow old wagon/jeep trail that pretty much leads up to the mouth of the canyon. Once more, I had the good fortune of the accompaniment of my 4-legged hiking partner who aptly demonstrated his own version of a "trail". If all else fails, point your nose at The Flatiron and follow it. About .81 miles from the road intersection you will encounter Jacob's Crosscut trail. Step across the trail and head directly for the mouth of the canyon. At the canyon mouth I engaged the well-defined and cairned trail up into the canyon itself. Great views of the valley, canyon walls, etc.,. Don't miss the fun going up-and-down the slickrock playground just northwest of the trail.
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Jan 13 2012
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 Joined Feb 12 2002
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Spirit CanyonPhoenix, AZ
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AZLOT69Triplogs 2,004
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,517 AEG
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You know its a good one if I went back two days in a row. Found a cool natural arch this time, I missed first time around.
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Jan 12 2012
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71 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
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AZLOT69Triplogs 2,004
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,517 AEG
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Long pants, GPS are a plus for this trip.
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