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Feb 13 2021
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Copper Mtn Points - Lower/UpperGlobe, AZ
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Lower canyon, starting from about halfway up 236A.

Followed the road up to the "TH" (essentially cut off the road towards the wash where there are three large pink rocks scattered in the road and then continue up the wash). For the very bottom of the wash we walked on the far side where it was flat as the wash was a bit overgrown and there was open terrain at the side, then popped back in as it began to climb. This hike is 95% boring/tedious slog through a bouldery streambed and ducking/pushing under overhanging tree limbs, and 5% wonder at the rock walls and cascades of the slabby stream bed at the end. It gets a little brushier once you pass the main fork up in the canyon (where everyone goes east/left, didn't check out west/right) but not bad, and if you take the high route below you skip the brushier section (going down it wasn't bad though).

While you can go up and down the creekbed just fine, we did a twist that I think is worth repeating. Directions heading up, as that's the better way to do this.

A ways past the fork the streambed is extremely cut out with an 8+ foot mud/rock wall on the right with a precarious tree. Just past this there's a talus field you can head up - to the right across smaller looser rock is the approach to the large cave (dwelling?) that you can see from the streambed. As my partner has PTSD from being in the middle of a significant rockslide on steep loose terrain, we stuck to the left of this where the rocks are larger and surprisingly stable until it ended. Tried going up from there and got cliffed out, so don't do that. What you should do is bushbash up and over into the drainage channel to the left of it then head up that (easy going!) until it cliffs out amongst some trees. From there's it's a simple pleasant walk (comparatively) up to the interesting part of the canyon - passing some amazing pillar formations - stop and look behind you! There's some flat spots that'd make a great lunch lookout. After a brief ledgey traverse it opens up, do a gentle traverse then drop a bit more steadily towards a small point with a dead fallen tree on it, then make your way down to the canyon floor. Once there wander around, enjoy your reward, then drop back down to the road just following the streambed.

For people comfortable on 35deg+ loose scree/talus, heading to the cave and back near the beginning of that would be interesting.

No obstacles beyond basic scrambling, some simple downclimbing on very blocky terrain you could theoretically bypass.

No water in creek until the upper slabby part, nice flow between pools and the falls had a steady stream of fat drops tossed by the wind.
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Feb 12 2021
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Malicious GapGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering2.50 Miles 650 AEG
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236/A seemed to be recently graded - I was in a sprinter (144" wheelbase) and had no issues getting past the gate and about halfway to the washed out section. There's a single parking spot sloped at the gate to 236a - we parked there and scoped 236A on foot then drove down it. There's a nice flat area near the actual junction to 2933, and another at a flat spot past a small corral. The road gets a bit rougher past that, with no real reward, so basecamped at the latter. If dry something like a moderate clearance subarau should have no issue getting past the gate to a good parking spot.

There's a 5+ ft drop in 236A where it hits the wash, so getting all the way to the end seems a bit adventurous. A few spots to park there, and a fire ring in the road heh.

We went up the scree bypass at the falls a short way then just scrambled up the ledges towards the top - very straightforward class 3 as long as you test your holds before committing to them.

The burn wasn't as bad as I thought - still a good amount of green in the area amongst some dead trees.

Some moderate bushbashing early on in the canyon, nothing of consequence once you're near the falls and past. We started out on one of the upper routes that goes to the cattle/horse bypass and dropped in late which seemed to work out well.

Using the Yosemite system it was all class 1/2 aside from the waterfall itself, which was a mix of 2 and straightforward 3 even tackling it pretty directly. It's grade 2 if you go more aggressively (aside from rope recommended) IMO for the waterfall, grade 1 for everything else using the canyoneering guide here.

Neat spot, and more immediate rewards than Copper Canyon nearby (though the latter is arguably more impressive).

Plenty of pretty pictures, so no need to add my own of the same spots, just added a few for clarity. :)
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Feb 09 2019
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Malicious GapGlobe, AZ
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The fun started at during the drive with a hearty night crossing of the swollen and mighty Tonto Creek which really is more of a river in this area especially after being fed snowmelt from the hundreds of canyons and drainages upstream.

Woke up early for sunrise Saturday morning and eagerly made my way upstream to the scene G-Hopper photographed thay I had painted in my mind.
When I reached the falls my heart sank a little as the fire, flood and erosion devastation was a tradegy.
The agave, prickly pear and dense green trees that used to be at the falls were obliterated and are non existent besides the few dead gray fragments of timber that stand.
Luckily the canyon itself is still so beautiful with pink granite and sheer cliff walls covered in vibrant lichen, a true “Ancha Gem”, although I am envious of those how were able to see it pre fire in its full glory.

Met up back at camp with Jon and then we all went back up and made our climb up canyon to Lion Spring.
The upper portion of the MG was luckily spared from the fire and is still a dense green wonderland with pines and agave mingling amongst other healthy vegetation.
A new scene around every corner unique cascades, icicles and charming little pools made for such a rewarding stroll and a place I’ll be certainly returning to one day.
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Malicious GapGlobe, AZ
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Post Mistake Peak Fire 2012... Total decimation.


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Malicious GapGlobe, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 650 AEG
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Went to the end of the gap and back along the burnt ridge, checking out some peaks. Cougar track and lots of bear tracks up the canyon. Judging on the mud and drying within an hour, but couldn't find him. Found a couple nice ruins with hundreds of cherds. Ran the site in AZSITE and it hasn't been surveyed. Nothing new to an Ancha hike...ruins and bears every time.

Another note...the road in is blocked about half a mile or less from the suggested TH.
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Malicious Gap Campsite, AZ 
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Four days of camping and ruin hunting with my good friend Hank. Our planed hike days were Friday and Saturday. Finding ruins is just a bonus for me. Adventure and scenery is enough to keep me coming back to this area. The mountains and canyons surrounding Greenback Valley are highly diverse and very scenic. I really love it hear and the campsite at Malicious Gap is special. We had a great time. It just doesn't get any better for me... Perfect temps, minimal bugs, remote privacy, great campfires, and lots of beautiful live oak. I was definitely in my happy place.

So... The question of the day. Did we find any ancient hidden ruins?
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3 nights/4 days of "Car Camping/Off Trail Hiking" in the Sierra Ancha Mountain Range within the Greenback Valley Area at the Malicious Gap TH/Car Campsite-->
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Bear Head Mountain Loop - Sierra AnchaGlobe, AZ
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Bear Head mountain has been calling my name for over ten years. On the southeast face, is a mammoth 300 foot +/- slab or solid rock that is visible for miles in the area surrounding Greenback Valley. Hiking Bear Head was a relentless beating and I knew it going in. I talked Hank into joining me with the possibility of unregistered ruins. Bear Head has all the signs that point to ruins and my luck has been good over the last year. He took the bait. Hank is a good friend and I thoroughly enjoy our adventures. We've had some good ones and this day was no exception. I would have done this hike with our without ruins. Finding a small cliff dwelling was the icing on the cake. The exact purpose of the structure was unclear. Finding this little ruin was the teaser that kept pushing us forward looking for more. It was unfortunately all we found on this hike. Small or big doesn't matter to me. Just finding something like that is so special and the setting was simply grand. The views from the base of Bear Head Mountain are incredible and having a special love for the area only added to the experience. Along the base of the cliff is a long hidden self with alcove areas, deep cracks, and lush thick vegetation. I emphasize thick. Mostly shrub oak with some large live oak trees and periodic grape vine. Water actually seeps through the massive rock face in multiple areas. It's actually funny that I first noticed the water from drips that hit my face. I thought is must have been raining. The drips were coming from way up the cliff face. Looking up the cliff face made me dizzy every time I tried. Hank and I were like ants moving across the lower shelf. It's actually intimidating to stand below that huge rock face.

After finally reaching the east edge of the mountain, the discussion quickly switched to something along the lines of... "Do we really have to go back the way we just came". That was one nasty route. The initial cliff face approach and the shelf itself took forever the traverse. The thought of enduring that pain again was more then I wanted to experience. From where we stood, I could actually see the upper end of Malicious Gap and it didn't look all that far away. Balling off into the middle segments of Malicious Gap is not an option due to the steep cliffs, however the upper end is doable. I looked over at hank... So... Are you interested in door number 3? It's one of those "pick your poison" decisions. I knew we could safely navigate the Gap and the alternate wasn't very appealing. We had enough time to pull it off. Why not! He agreed and we were off again. The first hundred yards or so involved pushing our bodies through dense chest-high brush, however the planed route opened up into a manageable chunky rock slide areas that led towards the bottom. We win! The light scrambling in Malicious Gap was a welcome change and the killer red rock scenery eased the pain from earlier. What a great way to end this hike. The loop was a good mutual decision on our part. I actually forgot how much I loved this canyon. About seven hours later and with late evening quickly approaching, we finally reached the truck.

What a great adventure. Completing this hike had special meaning for me. Being able to share it with Hank was really cool. Ha. He was definitely beat up afterwards but I think the high points outweighed the bad. Nasty terrain comes with the territory in off-trail exploration. The rugged Sierra Ancha mountain range never disappoints.


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Canyoneering3.40 Miles 1,632 AEG
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I can't remember the last time I had this much fun on a 3.4 mile loop hike for a total of 7 hours 49 minutes with a stopped time of 4 hours (of either rest/snack stops, scenic pic moments, or just plain stuck in the bush :DANCE: ..)

In April'11 on another Sierra Ancha Mountains adventure to the remote Dupont Rim area, I first viewed this intriguing "Bear Head Mountain" from a distance.. http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=188884 and had since hoped we could do some hiking here this year. Our ssk44 (Eric) has always come up with some excellent back country adventures, but this remote and diverse Sierra Ancha Mountains hike was a great Eric find and choice for me and I am very pleased I could join him.

We put it on the calendar and one hundred and forty-one pics later (with fifty-one making the cut for HAZ posting.. too many pics I know, but I loved it), I can confirm it is a winner!

I prefer to document many of my hikes with a "start-to-finish" picset and detailed captions rather than just post a few possible pic winners. My thought being.. for those interested in considering this hike, viewing the entire picset (from beginning to end) with explanatory captions will hopefully provide a better overview of what to expect and should also further complement the hike description narrative.
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Up early for our second shot at Malicious Gap we made good time covering the same ground as yesterday. Once at the falls, I tried to talk Tracey into scaling the wall all the way up so we could continue on togerher. No such luck, so I left her at the bottom of the falls with a 2-way radio so I could keep her abreast of trouble I would be getting into, as usual.

Having found a better path around the falls on the return trip last night I wasted little time climbing up above the falls. This time there were more bees and butterflies at the stagnant pool than last night but I figured I'd leave the photos until the return. Onward and upward following hte same path as last night until hitting the very dense brush. When I came upon the rock cairn it did appear the "trail" went up higher to avoid the dense brush, but the moment I saw a cave up the wall across the canyon I knew I was headed there. Within feet of Eric's cairn I was almost completely swallowed up by the brush. Just the act of getting down to the floor of the creek took plenty of effort while gaining thorn stripes up both arms. The moment I found the only semi-open spot I took my long sleeve shirt out of my pack and put it on. No matter how hot I got, it was better than being sliced to ribbons. More than once I dropped into such dense brush that I just lay on my back while using clippers to cut enough brush around me to be able to move once more, only to have the same thing happen again. Surprisingly once I got to the bottom, I found the brush on the other side wasn't quite as bad so the climb up the other side wasn't near as bad as the drop down from the other side. Still it was thick enough that I ended up climbing too high so when I came across a narrow ledge thinking the cave was right around the corner I hit a dead end above the cave. So it was back across the ledge, down and across and I was finally at the cave. Hoping to find it had been used as part of an ancient dwelling I was crestfallen when all that was in it was a bunch of scat from various animals. It turned out to be caused by a natural seep in the canyon wall that eroded over eons of time. Ok, being near the edge of the 2-way radio range back to Tracey it was time to head back.

I hadn't taken but a few steps out to take a photo across the canyon when I felt a stab in the left calf. Somehow by walking FORWARD, I was stuck in the back of the calf by a large agave. :o It seemed like it hit a nerve because it went numb almost immediately, yet any movement of the calf muscle sent pain shooting to my hip. Of course, still having a steep slope to climb back down that made it pretty hairy. If there was smooth ground I would have just slid down on my butt but that was not an option. Then once I was back in the creek bed I was met once more by the thick brush. I figured since it was such a chore to get down through the brush from the other side earlier I'd stay in the creekbed and take my chances. Again there were areas where I was completely enclosed and out came the clippers to break through again. It was through this section where I came across a plant that appeared to be benign but turned out to have small but sharp thorns along the stems. I ended up getting cut on it numerous times before I realized the part I looked at was actually another plant with no thorns yet intermixed with the thorny one. I still have the wounds in my forearms from that, although pure aloe lotion has speeded the healing already.

Finally I broke into the clear again and filmed a video of my walk all the way back to the falls. Coming back to the stagnant water there were bees and butterflies galore so I spend time taking a video of that as well. Then it was time to climb back down around the falls. Thankfully it was an area where I could slide down so it wasn't too bad on the calf. Once at the bottom I met back up with Tracey and we headed back to the car, bolder hopping all the way. Thankfully we had packed everything before the hike so we could just grab a quick bite and hit the road back home.

Full set of photos will be here:
http://www.changephoenix.com/11/2011-06-21MaliciousGap.html

Video of cave is available here:
http://www.changephoenix.com/11/V2011-06-22MaliciousGap.html
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After our morning/early afternoon climb of Greenback Peak we were all set to search up Greenback Creek for the 75-80' waterfall I'd read about. While the drive was pretty much goinf back downhill for a few miles before heading up toward Malicious Gap TH, the downhill part was just as physically demanding to drive as the uphill was. (If you think driving a rough road like this is less demanding than hiking, try it some time... without power steering and on a 103 degree day without AC, I got much more of a workout driving than the climb up Greenback Peak. But it's a blast driving Sammy!)

Once we reached the trail head we set up our camp right away. We weren't sure how much time the hike would take and we sure didn't want to set up camp in the dark. After all, it was bear country... With a quick bagel and Starbucks Frapaccino pick-me-up we were off on the trail... actually a dry creek bed. Boulder hopping is the name of the game pretty much all of the way to the base of the falls. Once at the falls we took a few photos and sought a way to climb up the right side to the top of the falls. The climb wasn't bad with the help of the trees and light brush, at least up to the rocky area. That's where Tracey decided she'd turn around and wait for me at the base of the falls. Once I got past the thin rock ledge area it was a matter of climbing up a large rock fall and then over toward the falls and drop back to the upper creek bed.

After a few shots from the top of the falls to the base I was off in the direction of Malicious Gap. The first item of note was a stagnant water hole busy with bees and butterflies. Continuing on the going was easy, basically a flat section of rock for 50-100' then a small shelf up 2-4 feet followed by another flat section until the brush started to close in. It was getting late in the day and I was sure Tracey was wondering what kind of trouble I'd be getting into all by my lonesome so I figured it was time to call it a day and headed back. With our campsite just a few miles away I figured on returning in the morning with hopes of getting Tracey to climb above the falls and we'd complete the whole hike to Lion Spring.

We took our time on the return hoping to catch some wildlife that may be moving before nightfall. Once at camp with a long and hot (up to 103) day of driving & hiking behind us it was time for a dry shower... or at least it might as well have been. Attempting to get somewhat clean with a damp washcloth doesn't exactly make you feel clean, especially with the temperature still in the 90's and mosquitos attacking from all sides. Eventually we got our feet to start shedding the dirty look of having tramped all day through all kinds of terrain in our Teva's. With little air movement we left the fly off the tent, which paid off in dividends with a clear sky full of stars, and somewhere around 2 in the morning the moon was bright as could be for only a half moon.

Full set of photos is here:
http://www.changephoenix.com/11/2011-06-21MaliciousGap.html

Video links will be posted when they are edited and posted on YouTube.
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After our morning to mid-afternoon 1st attempt hike to reach the "Horse Canyon Ruins", our late afternoon was planned to tool around the various FRs in this remote and scenic section of the Sierra Ancha Mountains (between Hwy188- Roosevelt Lake in from Pumpkin Center and Hwy288- the Young Hwy). Eric wanted to show me some of his favorite stomping grounds for previous posted hikes on HAZ. We covered a lot of high clearance and 4x4 miles on our way to end at this "Malicious Gap" TH at 5pm (only about one hour before dark).

This "Malicious Gap" location is a tricky one for timing in order to arrive when all the stars and planets are aligned just perfectly for his hike description discussed 45 foot most awesome water fall to be flowing for that picture perfect moment.

We originally had no plans to hike to the waterfall as Eric just wanted to show me the TH Start and Camping Location, but when we arrived, we noticed that Greenback Creek was flowing due to snow melt, so this meant that the Malicious Gap major waterfall might also be flowing.. :o We took a chance one hour before dark, hiked the rocky creek .37mls one way and it was definitely the highlight of my day to see this colorful rock falls in its awesome setting.

Dinner at the historic "Butcher Hook Restaurant" in Pumpkin Center to close a very fun day.
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Malicious Gap (05/08/2009)

This was a very fun and rewarding trip. I literally decided to do this one only three days ago with hardly any preplanning. Very unlike me. I'm really not even sure what reminded me of the location. I planned on the hike being interesting but I never imagined it was going to be as good as it ended up. I was actually shocked that it was a doable route. With a name like Malicious Gap, I was anticipating failure. The morning temps were perfect for hiking and the bugs were manageable with the only exception being an extremely aggressive fly that seemed to be following me all the way up the canyon. If I even thought about pulling my camera out, he was immediately they're to drive me crazy. I really need to come back next winter to check out the killer waterfall near the beginning of the hike. Wow!!
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