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Kaiser Hot Spring - 3 members in 6 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 30 2022

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33 male
 Joined Sep 05 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Kaiser hot spring, AZ 
Kaiser hot spring, AZ
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FrostshocknoobTriplogs 152
Hiking3.91 Miles 552 AEG
Hiking3.91 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   1.47 mph
552 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
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Jan 23 2022

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33 male
 Joined Sep 05 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Kaiser Hot Spring, AZ 
Kaiser Hot Spring, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2022
FrostshocknoobTriplogs 152
Hiking4.34 Miles 435 AEG
Hiking4.34 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   2.26 mph
435 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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Nov 27 2021

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49 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Burro Creek, AZ 
Burro Creek, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2021
chumleyTriplogs 1,704
Hiking2.11 Miles 621 AEG
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Having never really explored too much in this area, I had penciled in all kinds of options. As it turned out, we got partly to mostly lazy and only sauntered a couple of miles in some different canyons out this way. There's some fascinating landscapes and geology here but the timing for enjoyable visits is fairly limited I think. Add the complication of STL, private property, sign-in boxes, cattle, burros, rednecks, etc. and it makes for somewhere that requires a fair bit of planning. I'd still like to get back into a few more nooks and crannies that I didn't get to check out.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Delightful color along the creek.
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Nov 26 2020

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40 male
 Joined Jan 21 2013
Kaiser Hot SpringNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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FOTGTriplogs 920
Hiking3.40 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles
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We made a quick stop at these hot springs on our way to Utah over the Thanksgiving break. The hiking was easy and the approach canyon was surprisingly scenic. The springs are not very hot, but we still enjoyed them. We left as foot traffic picked up later in the morning.

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Jan 09 2020

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60 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Kaiser Hot SpringNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2020
kingsnakeTriplogs 769
Hiking8.60 Miles 931 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   2.42 mph
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I knew Kaiser Hot Spring was near Burro Creek Campground, but I did not relish a rocky, and possibly quite wet, 12-mile roundtrip between the two. Plus, I did not want to get shot at: ... 0819a.html. (In 2018, Danny Button was sentenced to 22 years in prison.)

After doing some satellite recon, I came up with a route from US-93, down Warm Spring Canyon, to Kaiser Hot Spring (aka Warm Spring, itself). But the route is only 3.4 miles round trip — meager exercise on a 4-hour roundtrip drive from Phoenix — so I added a jeep trail loop up an unnamed mesa.

There was a retired couple camping at the junction of Warm Spring Canyon and FR 7519. I announced myself before passing by, on my way up FR 7519. I went counterclockwise, up the rougher half. At the top, I could see Wikieup through a highway cut in a nearby spur. 🔭

On the way down FR 7519, I saw two separate burros, but they moved too quick to get a decent photo. I also spotted an absolutely enormous ocotillo, easily 15 ft. tall! (Waymarked on the official GPS route.)

Passing back by the campsite, the retired couple and I had the first of several conversations we would have as we hop-scotched each other down to Kaiser Hot Spring, Burro Creek, and then back. (I filled them in on how wonderful Aravaipa Canyon is: I have to get back there one of these days!)

Warm Spring Canyon was incredible! I wanted to check out Burro Creek Mine before getting my feet wet, so I passed by Kaiser Hot Spring.

Just past Kaiser Hot Spring, there were a bunch of warning signs. According to the Arizona Geological Society, Burro Creek Mine had not been worked since the early 90s — the 1990s, that is — but besides the signs, I found three Caterpillar earthmovers and lots of mining supplies. Though I neither saw, nor heard, any mining activity, Burro Creek Mine was clearly active, not just some placer mining desert rat.

Later research proved me correct, as Sitka Gold Corp. of Vancouver, BC, has assumed ownership of the Burro Creek Mine claims, and is in the midst of a $1.3 million exploration effort. There are four patented claims, and 30 unpatented, totalling 650 acres, stretching two miles from FR 7519 on top of the unnamed mesa, southeast across Warm Spring Canyon, and along Burro Creek to Andy’s Hole.

I’ve read Sitka's 56-page geological report, and they expect to extract as much as 200,000 ounces of gold, from ~5 million tons of ore. Gold is currently over $1,500 per ounce. Even at the 5-year low of around $1,000, that would be $200 million in revenue. Strip mining is authorized on their claims, so with that kind of money at stake, it’s going to happen. Visit Warm Springs Canyon while you can! 😥

I could not cross Burro Creek dry, and did not want to go to Federal Pound Me In The :pk: Prison, so I doubled back to Kaiser Hot Spring.

As I mentioned, Kaiser Hot Spring is also referred to as Warm Spring, which is more accurate description of the water’s temperature. The pool is small, and only calf deep, but the bottom is soft, and safe to walk in, so you can sit & soak, but not swim. I ate lunch and relaxed with a hiking beer.

After lunch, I made short work (37 minutes) of the 1.7 mile hike back up Warm Spring Canyon to US-93, where a small herd of burros were keeping watch over my patient wife.

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Wildflowers Observation None
None, but lots of bright green grass under every palo verde and many creosote.

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Flowing heavily enough that overflow was running down to Burro Creek. Some moss & algae. Probably drinkable filtered.

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Not deep, but wide and flowing pretty good. Could not cross dry. Wouldn't drink it though, being immediately below current Burro Creek Mine operation.
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Feb 02 2013

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66 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Burro Creek-Kaiser Canyon Loop, AZ 
Burro Creek-Kaiser Canyon Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2013
The_EagleTriplogs 1,942
Hiking19.06 Miles 2,838 AEG
Hiking19.06 Miles   10 Hrs   3 Mns   2.19 mph
2,838 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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Finally got to scratch that itch.

After driving over the Kaiser Canyon and Burro Creek bridges on Rt 93 in the past, I always wanted to throw together a loop through this area. A bonus, another hot spring on the hike.

Burro Creek was flowing nicely, so it was another week of COLD water crossings, but none were more than waist deep. Me and the boys survived. Just under 8 miles of this hike were around and through Burro Creek.

We took a side trip UP to Burro Mine. We saw / visited a few horizontal shaft mines, the longest went in about 100' and had had a side shaft. A first for me was the collection of core samples, all labeled and laid out in a wooden case.

Next, off to visit Warm Spring, up Warm Spring Canyon, just across Burro Creek.
The water collects in a 5' Oblong catch basin, about knee deep and about 98 degrees in Temp.

On our way up Warm Spring Canyon, close to Rt 93, John found a new outdoor activity he wanted to participate in.

Kaiser Canyon was enjoyable with only a slight bit of boulder climbing.

We followed a way old jeep road after a bit of a scramble. The road took us back down to Burro Creek and the home stretch. A few more crossings, and an interesting perspective of the bridges under Rt 93, and And we're done.


Live Fauna for the Day, 10+ Burros, Blue Herons, Ducks, Cows.
Dead Fauna for the Day, 3 Cows, 1 Burro
Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Wild Burro

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Did not witness actual Spring, but the water was flowing up to the area of the spring.

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Wet/Damp in the lower sections by the Gushing Burro Creek.
Wet in the upper section East of 93

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Temp around 98.6
Flowing nicely into 5' Oblong catch basin.
About knee deep.
aka "Kaiser Hot Spring" on some Topos
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average hiking speed 2.08 mph

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