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Deep Creek Canyon Overlooks - Sierra Ancha - 1 member in 3 triplogs has rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 16 2022
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77 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Deep Creek Canyon Overlooks - Sierra AnchaGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2022
GrasshopperTriplogs 560
Hiking2.69 Miles 449 AEG
Hiking2.69 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   0.73 mph
449 ft AEG   1 Hour   18 Mns Break
 
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EmilyT
My Granddaughter and new HAZ member was visiting me for a full week in June'22, this second year in a row. This hike was our second of three planned AZ favorite area day drives and hikes that her Grandpa wanted to share good memories of with her :)

This relatively newly published (Nov'19) Sierra Ancha Hike Guide out of the Billy Lawrence Park/TH Start, provides an excellent scenic overview of the back section for our huge, remote, and rugged Sierra Ancha Wilderness. I am still somewhat at awe :-k since the Hike Guide publication that only our HAZ-tibber has expressed an interest via the Wish List, for planning a dayhike trip here. Too short a hike to justify a ~3.5 hour drive one way from the Phx area? Then plan a vehicle camping trip here [ Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha FR235-C/Site#1 ] and you can enjoy even more of our Sierra Ancha Wild over a longer period of time. I do agree that a forecasted AZ summer day here of 94F is not a good choice when one has cooler season day options to plan this one. Unfortunately, for this second very rewarding visit I did not have another more preferred day drive and dayhike choice.

This entirely off-trail and partial bushwhack hike (out-N-back the "gate keeper" ridgeline section), with some easy to moderate route finding necessary, is a true candy store of unique geological feature with most amAZing short and distant Sierra Ancha area and beyond views and my Granddaughter's favorite of the three (3) day drives and dayhikes that I had planned :D

As of this posting, I should also mention that the 2+ mile drive in on FR410 (the Reynolds Creek Trail Rd) and the additional 2+ mile drive in on FR235 to the ending Billy Lawrence Park/TH Start are in great shape, both FRs having been recently graded. Some vehicle ground clearance with better quality tires is recommended.
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Oct 28 2019
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77 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Deep Creek Canyon Overlooks - Sierra AnchaGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2019
GrasshopperTriplogs 560
Hiking3.00 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   0.56 mph
650 ft AEG
 
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On my recent 10/23 to 10/30 (7night/8day) vehicle camping-hike exploring trip to the Sierra Ancha, this was my fourth planned day hike. This one started out of the Billy Lawrence TH which was only a short 1.7mls drive further down FR235 from our [ Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha FR235-C/Site#1 ]

This moderate, mostly off-trail, but relatively short 3 mile out-n-back hike which does require some route finding ability via ideally, downloading and following the posted HAZ hike guide "official" Gps route, is a true gem! :DANCE:

Our Sierra Ancha Wilderness has a wealth of expansive, short and distant rugged mountains, peaks, buttes, and cliff views. Combine all this with unique, unexpected, and numerous geological features to enjoy, and you have a true geology "candy store".

This hike I'm sure I will want to experience again as I'm fairly certain that there is more to enjoy here :D
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76 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Upper Deep Creek Cny Overlook - Sierra Ancha, AZ 
Upper Deep Creek Cny Overlook - Sierra Ancha, AZ
 
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Hiking3.00 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   0.56 mph
650 ft AEG
 
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This mostly off-trail hike starts at the Billy Lawrence trailhead at the end of FR235 and follows the top of a ridge northwest out to a viewpoint above upper Deep Creek Canyon. Then it turns west and continues to follow the ridge up to a rock butte. The rock formations and canyon views along this hike are spectacular. Finding a route through the rock formations along the ridge going west can be a little challenging and can require some scrambling up rock outcroppings. But you will be rewarded with views of a hoodoo village on the side of McFadden Horse Mountain and some pretty amazing mushroom shaped rock formations.
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