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Apr 13 2019
adenium
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 Gilbert, AZ
Monument Canyon - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
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adenium
Canyoneering5.58 Miles 1,346 AEG
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Went out this afternoon, just to see how far my feet would carry me up this canyon. Turns out, farther than I expected. Ascending was easy as always, except for a couple of spots where I lost the route and ended up in the weeds. I ended up exploring up the south branch of the canyon, as it looked more inviting. I had forgotten about the airplane wreckage, so that was an interesting to encounter. I wanted to push on as the route ahead didn't look too touch, but I checked my watch. Oops, 4 p.m. :o Headed back down and texted my wife to throw some potatoes in the oven. Next time, I'll try to get into the wash bottom sooner; I'll take boulders over scraping through jojoba any day.
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Jan 20 2019
jamminaz
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 Gilbert, AZ
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Hiking1.80 Miles 918 AEG
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Followed FLYING_FLIVERs route up Monument Canyon to the T-6D Trainer wreckage with the exception that we went down the scree chute from the impact site. I hate scree. Wear long pants as the cats claw and jumping Cholla are intense. Saw a herd of 12 big horn sheep in the upper canyon - so cool!!
Respect the site. Remember the lives.
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Dec 29 2018
emilystardust
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 Phoenix, AZ
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Quick hike up to the cave and explored a little up Monument Canyon on the way back.
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Jan 11 2018
AZLOT69
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
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Canyoneering5.60 Miles 918 AEG
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Haven't done this one in a while. Enjoyable cool day. Doesn't seem to get a lot of visits.
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Mar 25 2017
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quite a number of years back, randy and i took a really long time to travel the apache trail - stopping at every wide spot in the road to take pictures of flowers. when bobby suggested roosevelt lake as our camping spot this weekend, i knew that this would be awesome. bobby doesn't stop at every wide spot in the road, though. instead, only vista points with parking lots. still, a great road trip. and we even hiked up to the tonto national monument on sunday, so there was a little hiking involved.
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i still haven't seen the hillsides full of poppies, but those brittlebush got it going on. and so much variety, too!
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Nov 29 2016
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Canyoneering7.40 Miles 1,922 AEG
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Rumors of a skull chipped in the rock way up Flatiron Canyon lured me in to trying this loop. The hike up Monument Canyon was routine passing the chimney, the mine and the T-6 Texan wreckage along the way. I dropped into Flatiron Canyon a few miles up and started the scramble down. A few dry falls had me wondering but they ended up being easy down climbs so no trouble. I looked for petroglyphs or the skull but didn't find either.
I also heard stories of catclaw in the canyon and I missed that as well. The boulder hopping was a good work out and I was glad to get down to the open desert again. It was interesting to see Christmas Cholla over and over again as I took an off trail roue back to the trail. There were no other hikers on or off trail all day.
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May 07 2016
wallyfrack
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Canyoneering14.00 Miles 4,590 AEG
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I was given a copy of Senner's Gold so the quest to find Senner's Grave was on. The book calls the unnamed canyon between Hog Cyn and Monument Cyn "Flatiron" Cyn and that was the first goal. The best way in seems to be from Monument Cyn so that was the route. Once you exit the canyon the overland route is steep and loose so looking for somewhat level terrain is a task. After scrambling up to the cliff ledge there were 5 alcoves to check. One had what may be on old grave but it was hard to tell. There was a prospect hole near this spot and honey combs high above. The ledge had a lot of big horn (?) droppings and I founs an X in the rock. The next goal was a scramble up to the ridgeline and a hike over to the lone cypress tree on a ridge to the east. After the detour, I hiked over to the Flatiron and down Siphon Draw. Siphon draw was busy as usual and i was glad to get down to the Crosscut trail and away from the crowd. Three mule deer jump up on the Crosscut trail and were patient enough for photos. This route is not recommended unless you like off trail.
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Jan 30 2016
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Mentally and physically, this was yet another f*@#$g epic bushwhack adventure; but the fun factor on this one was in a class of its own! This was a Peter Medal led TLC hike [bushwhack] that he cross-posted on HAZ. Given the difficulty factor, the turnout was very decent, with 10 of us in all. In addition to organizing some pretty amazing off-trail adventures, Peter does a superb job at leading them. The no handing-holding, no drama, and no B.S. on his hikes really make for a pleasant time. I actually enjoyed myself more in the company of other people vs. bushwhacking solo which is not often the case!

We kicked things off from the Mining Camp Restaurant. The plan was to head over to Monument Canyon, hit up the wreckage site, and then get up to the Ridgeline Trail via one of a few options that Peter had lined up. From there we’d pay a visit to Flat Iron and then head down Siphon Draw back over to Mining Camp.

With a 6 AM start time, the first 45 minutes or so were almost pitch dark. Even my pricy headlamp wasn’t enough to compensate for my inability to safely go at a decent pace in the dark. After several minor trips early on, [and one major one where over an inch of my hiking pole sparked up as I threw almost all my body weight into it to prevent from tumbling heard over heels], I managed to yell to the group NOT to wait for me while they were still in earshot. I guess it was time to pull my classic ‘hypotenuse vs. sides’ / ‘as the crow flies’ kind of deal. While the group had gravitated closer to the road, I stayed closer to the base of the mountain, heading at a diagonally toward Monument Canyon. It worked out perfectly; I had just enough time to pause for a few pics and peak into a mine before rejoining with them toward the beginning of the canyon.

We then headed up the rightmost drainage, [since that’s the one with most of the wreckage according to previous HAZ reports], en route to the impact site. Aside from some cat claw in the beginning, the going very easy and fun and the surrounding area was beautiful. This would definitely make my top 10 list of awesome drainages! As for the wreckage, it was really amazing to see just how much was still left. It seemed like there were pieces almost every step of the way once we reached a certain point. The impact site was awesome and definitely the focal point of the wreckage.

Next I opted for the more scenic option en route to the Ridgeline: heading to the saddle-like area between the nub (4102’) and 4648’. We noticed a ‘shelf’ that appeared to lead around 4648’ and over to the drainage that MtnBart01 used in Aug 2012 to reach the Ridgeline Trail from Monument Canyon. It was good to know the drainage had been ‘HAZ’ed’… our shelf to drainage route would put a fun twist on things, if successful. Reaching the shelf proved to be a fun, 30-60 second scramble; and once on it, we noticed a definite route that seemed too well beaten in to have been from animals alone.

The shelf was awesome, and I wish more in the group could have experienced it; but trust me when I say, it’s not for the faint of heart. Even with a fear of heights, it’s not often that Peter turns back, and he did just that due to a short section in the beginning. I thought this section was fun… but even Michael and Mike [the only others who opted for the shelf route and who can boulder hop as good if not better than me] hesitated at this section. The worst part for me was negotiating a drop toward the end, right around where the shelf joins the drainage that leads to the Ridgeline Trail. Let’s just say, even after handing Mike my hiking poles AND pack, this one drop took the best of my bouldering skills to overcome… and even then, it was super dicey. The last time I felt this challenged while bouldering was in Dec. 2014 while coming off a ledge on the brutal bushwhack to Devil’s Cashbox. Enough said!

When we connected with the drainage, it didn’t take much longer to reach the Ridgeline trail. There were many good gripping rocks in this drainage but several varieties of cactus to work around, making the going a bit slower; nothing terrible though. Upon reaching the Ridgeline Trail, we took a well deserved 20-30 minute break to rest our legs and soak in the scenery and then headed to Flat Iron. Mike pointed out another wreckage site on the Siphon Draw side, and after that we took another good rest on the side that overlooks Monument Canyon. It was pretty awesome to look down on the terrain we had bushwhacked earlier that day.

Kind of beat by that point, I was ready to head back, but Michael and Mike wanted to bag 5024’ first. Of course, I was not going to object; and I’m really glad we did it! Bagging this peak was like a fun little cool-down: tons of well-beaten in routes and tons of fun boulder hopping. To top things off, the views were some of the best of the entire adventure. Upon reaching the summit, I noticed two small dog collar tags, each in it’s own little bag that someone had left. The backs were engraved with, “I Conquered Peak 5024”. After Peak 5024’, we stopped by the two plane crash memorial sites on the Siphon Draw side before heading back down to the Mining Camp Restaurant. A few others including Peter had arrived back right around the same time. It was pretty fun exchanging stories and comparing GPS routes over dinner.
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 Prescott, AZ
Monument Canyon/Plane Wreck/Flat Iron Loop Hik, AZ 
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6:10 am launch from Mining Camp Restaurant....10 of us from the TLC Hiking Group.....head lamps on, we made a straight line to Monument canyon. Up and down, and up and down, and up and down... 2.5 miles to the mouth of the canyon, exactly as planned and measured from Google Earth. The lower portion of the canyon is all cairned along with pink flags until you get to the fork. The wreckage site sits on the upper portion of said inner ridgeline...thats the goal. Said ridge is a complete Cholla forest. We decided to take the right drainage. Almost immediately you start stumbling onto the wreckage in the heavy brush of the drainage. The dog very much appreciated the full pools of standing water. Once near the elevation, we got out of the drainage and ventured west and up to the crash site, again more and more wreckage. From here we pressed up and onto a large flat terrace and took a break. Gameplan was to hit the nub (on the topo 4102'), then circle back to the "crack" and on up to Ridgeline and down Siphon Draw. Optioned to the slower peeps to scrub the nub and make way for the crack and regroup on Ridgeline, six took heed. Four us hit the nub, amazing views on this ridgeline separating Monument Canyon and its east sister. From here we say a terrace that once on, should lead us over to the top of the crack. Some baby climbs here and there to get onto the upper terrace and once on seemed somewhat trailish. There were a couple of thin ledges that had to be navigated. My fear of heights pressed me back...told Amy, Mike and Michael to press on and the dog and I would circle back around to the crack.

Coming back down from the nub the other six were slowly coming back onto the upper flat of the middle ridgeline. Crack failure. They were not able to get up. So 7 of us took the east drainage down the canyon with a pit stop at the mine.

One of our team got a tick on his neck. Saw one deer. No snakes. Beautiful day. Great team. Future backpack consideration the Monument Canyon East ridgeline traverse.

dry Monument Canyon Dry Dry
various pools on the upper east drainage. Drinkable.
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Nov 07 2015
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Monument Canyon - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.65 Miles 1,729 AEG
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First sighting of big horn sheep in the Superstitions :y:

I was on call till 8:30 AM so we had a later than normal start. Once we hit the split in the canyon we hiked up the west ravine, then up to the crash site, had lunch, then worked our way down to the east ravine, and out, checking out the many metal findings along the way. Some areas in the ravines were really choked up with heavy vegetation so travel was slow. Although I wasn't feeling 100% I really enjoyed this close-in hike.
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Apr 24 2015
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 Mesa, AZ
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Craigbhikin
Canyoneering1.80 Miles 918 AEG
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Mar 12 2015
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Canyoneering1.80 Miles 918 AEG
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jochal
Hiking5.17 Miles 1,526 AEG
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Went up to the mine, then went to find the airplane crash, using wallyfrack's route as a guide. I climbed up the ridge from the boulder field until I saw some shiny metal. At that point, I was getting close to my turn around time, so I just went down the North side, checking out the twisted pieces of aluminum on the way down. Will have to check out the South side later,
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Nov 26 2014
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Monument Canyon and T-6D Wreckage, AZ 
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Hiking5.93 Miles 1,785 AEG
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This is my 3rd hike into Monument Canyon in the last 15 years.
The first hike was into the west inner canyon and the 2nd was into the east inner canyon. Without it being the goal of those first two hikes, I still found some wreckage from an aircraft that crashed over 66 years ago.

Background
—On 25 Aug 1948 at 7:05 AM, Air Cadets Kirkman and Freeman (both Air Force student pilots) took off from Williams AFB in a T-6D aircraft (serial #44-81553A), on an instrument ‘team’ training mission. The mission was to practice flying basic instruments and navigation, staying in the local area. (local area meaning in and around the Phoenix valley). Weather conditions were excellent.
—At 8:10 AM they landed back at the base, refueled, switched seats and took off again at 8:37 AM. The front seater would make the takeoffs and landings and act as safety observer, while the back seat student would practice flying only by reference to his flight instruments.
—At 9:20 AM, another plane reported a plane had crashed 14 miles NE of the AF base.
—The Air Cadets’ T-6D had hit that middle ridge in Monument Canyon.
—Both Air Cadets sustained fatal injuries.

—Accident investigators reported the T-6D had crashed at an elevation of about 3,500 feet, on a heading of 150 degrees, doing about 170 mph, flying almost level but in a steep right bank.
—Wreckage was scattered for 1/2 mile from the impact point and 600 feet either side.
—Cause of the accident was determined as ‘unknown’.

This Hike
This time I hiked into the east inner canyon, almost to the end, then went up on the middle ridgeline that separates the E and W inner canyons. I then went down into the W canyon & out.
I was looking for as many pieces of aircraft wreckage that I could find. I found over 50 individual pieces, big and small, and also explored the actual impact sight atop the middle ridgeline.
Earlier triplogs/photosets have documented many of the wreck pieces, so I’m not breaking new ground. I just went on a full blown aluminum hunt.

Monument Canyon is almost right next to the Flatiron in the Superstitions.
I started from the Broadway TH and took the trail to the entrance of the valley. From then on it’s a bushwhack.
Most of the remaining aircraft wreckage is near the area of impact, and in the east canyon. This makes sense as the ‘route-of-flight’ was from the NW to the SE. (The student pilots had to have flown just west of the Flatiron prior to hitting that middle ridge in Monument Canyon).

This hike took a long time, as I was stopping and scanning for wreckage almost constantly. Shiny aluminum is easy to see on a sunny day in desert terrain, if you’re in the correct spot. I marked each wreckage location I found with a waypoint. (Over 20 ‘locations’, with numerous pieces at each spot). I’m sure I missed some pieces, but I tried to be thorough.

I have photos taken by the 1948 Air Force team that investigated the accident site. I was successful in taking some current photos from the same 1948 photo locations, for comparison and verification of the impact sight.
(No new ground here either, as wallyfrack pointed out the impact site in one of his photos he took from across the far east canyon wall a couple months ago).

This was a good, successful hike, yet I was fully aware I was walking around in an area of a terrible fatal aircraft accident. The two Air Cadets were just starting their military aviation careers when it all came to an end.
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Sep 27 2014
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wallyfrack
Canyoneering7.45 Miles 2,483 AEG
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With rain in the forecast I wanted to do a short hike. I decided on Monument Canyon as most go left at the split and leave the main canyon so is there anything else up there? I got up at 5am and saw the rain, went back to sleep and looked out at 7am and saw sunshine. I got ready and was hiking by 8am. The trail up is rocky as usually and gets more difficult as you route find and boulder up the canyon. The split up Monument Canyon proper is a rock wash which is the most enjoyable section for me. I had heard the story of Al Senner's grave being up there but didn't see any markers or rock piles so that may be just a story or I missed it. I thought about hiking up to the ridgeline but when I topped out I was one ridge over. It looked like skirting 4648 was possible but more than I was prepared for so I decided to parallel the canyon via the ridge to the east. The ridge was easy going until it came time to drop back down via the scree chute. I finished by 1:30p which was a good hour before the storm rolled in. Lucky is good.
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Dec 02 2013
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Peak 4102 via Monument Canyon Ridge, AZ 
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vanman
Canyoneering7.50 Miles 1,700 AEG
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Ever since Mike and I went up to the Ridgeline via the Monument Canyon Gap, I've been intriqued by peak 4102 which sits on the SE corner of the cliff band. I took a less-direct approach leaving Broadway TH and worked east below the Broadway Cave and around the back. It was rocky and full of cholla, so the going was slow. Once around back I got on a nice scree pile leading a good way up to the ridge. Once on the ridge the going was much quicker and the views were sweet!

I went around the east side of 4102 and had hoped to climb up to its ridge, but I felt pressed for time and with all the loose rock and nothing to catch a fall, I decided to play it safe. I explored and took some pix, then bailed down a drainage that went to the west fork of Hog Canyon. It was a long hike out and I got back to the car with just over an hour of daylight left.

It was a tough off-trail adventure but my curiosity is satisfied (at least for now). One day I'll go back and get on that little ridge!

Note: Distance and AEG are estimates.
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IrvFerguson
Canyoneering6.54 Miles 918 AEG
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I found some great things to photograph in this Canyon. Watch out. because one can loose their way easy. I did but did a short circle and found trail again. Irv. :scared:
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Monument Canyon to Supes Peak 5024, AZ 
Monument Canyon to Supes Peak 5024, AZ
 
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Hiking7.38 Miles 3,816 AEG
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Mike had mentioned wanting to try this after we completed Hog Canyon, so today we gave it a shot. Headed out from Broadway TH and saw a rattler, gila and tortoise within the first hour! We continued up the wash past the first large aircraft pieces and at some point decided to turn right and head up to the ridge coming off the cliffs. We found an area littered with plane parts up there.

We continued scrambling up the rocky ridge until it flattened out and then started our traverse over to the gap leading to the top. The base of the gap starts as a cool slick rock area with pour overs, the first one being the most difficult to ascend. Mike went up to investigate while I took a break. His first run didn't go well but after stepping away for a minute he went back and right up. It's not a big climb but the hand-holds are minimal. I made Mike nervous going up the left wall but soon I was up too and we were glad that we wouldn't have to go back the way we came. A few more fun little scrambles and soon we were up on the ridgeline trail! Took a break then hit 5024 to make it official! Down Siphon Draw to the shuttle at Mining Camp (nice call on that Mike!!).

A challenging off-trail excursion that satisfied our curiosity! When we got back to the other vehicle at Broadway we were both amazed looking up at where we had just been. We'll never look at that gap the same way again! More awesome Supes memories! Thanks Mike!!
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Hiking9.73 Miles 3,495 AEG
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What a day! Actually wanted to get up before sunrise, but that was thwarted when I went past my exit on the freeway on autopilot and got off on Broadway instead of Brown. I drove through Dutchman trail or whatever Brown turns into and ended up on Mckellips pulled over. :o No ticket or warning, just wanted to make sure I wasn't drunk because I guess it's an epidemic in that area and this officer pretty much pulls everyone over at 4:30am. He left me telling me to be careful "lots of folks get lost in the Supes while hiking". Got there about 5:15 and headed up. There was no wind and it felt like Louisiana in the humidity department. Took a break for a minute and felt a sharp pain on the top of my left thigh. Pulled my shorts up to see a stinger pulsing in my leg. What the hell is up with me and bees, wasps, etc.?
Had decided on the way up I wanted to try to find a loop instead of coming down the same way I went up. Remembered reading someone had done or attempted to do this.
Had Flatiron and Superstition Peak to myself. Read a little and relaxed and took in the hazy views. Coming down Superstition Peak I realized I was missing one of my water bottles that was hanging on the outside of my pack. I retraced my gps track to Flatiron and down the peak the way I went up with no success. I headed on the Ridgeline trail and dropped into the first Canyon I could. I totally planned on having to climb back out.
About a quarter of the way down the first wash I stepped on a car size rock which dislodged and both the rock and I fell several feet. :o I slowed way down after this not trusting anything I stepped on. Pretty much the scariest moment I've had hiking or climbing. About 15 minutes later two sets of Buzzards started taking shifts and riding thermals above waiting for a meal.
Anyway, there were a few down climbs requiring some bouldering and problem solving. It was steep and there were 4 choices of drainages once I got below the really steep section. I chose a sheep trail down to the wash above Monument Canyon. There were no cairns until I reached Monument Canyon. My plan was to connect to Jacobs Crosscut to get back to my truck. My watch read between 106-110 in the canyon on the way out. I came across a couple pieces of airplane wreckage and took pictures of the big piece. I will have to reread the photosets for the details, but at this point in the hike I was at the I just want to be done it's too hot for this hike mode. I ran out of water as I got on Jacobs Crosscut. I swear that trail seems like it never ends. I didn't like it in the dark and I didn't like it when I was thirsty. There you have it a loop not to be done in August. :sl:
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May 01 2012
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Monument Canyon - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2012
RickVincent
Hiking3.60 Miles 918 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.70 mph
918 ft AEG
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3.6 miles round trip hike up to the mouth of Monument Canyon. Stopped at the boulder field due to time constraint. I'm not a big fan of this trail. Long stretches of trail filled with loose softball size rock and ankle smackers. Not difficult, just cumbersome.
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average hiking speed 1.61 mph
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