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Palm Canyon - KOFA - 19 members in 39 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 23 2022
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50 female
 Joined May 15 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2022
cindylTriplogs 243
Hiking0.85 Miles 270 AEG
Hiking0.85 Miles      24 Mns   2.13 mph
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i think the wind wasn't quite as harsh on saturday as it was on friday or sunday, but maybe that was just because i didn't have to set up or take down the tent. or maybe it was that i got to spend 24 minutes in this canyon.
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a couple of ocotillo in bloom. other than that... nada.
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Feb 19 2021
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43 male
 Joined Sep 16 2011
 Phoenix
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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VolcanoCLMBRTriplogs 425
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In all my years in AZ i never got to go to the KOFAs and what an amazing place this was. This is the perfect time of the year to explore this remote and waterless place. Palm Canyon was one of the coolest little oasis' i have ever had the chance to see.
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Apr 04 2020
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40 male
 Joined May 21 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2020
SunDevil3Triplogs 90
Hiking0.85 Miles 270 AEG
Hiking0.85 Miles   1 Hour      1.28 mph
270 ft AEG      20 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
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I needed a relief from self-quarantine so I decided to take a little road trip. I figured I could not infect or be infected from my car and a few hours of open highway driving sounded therapeutic so I set out for KOFA. The I10 was pretty empty (although busier than I had anticipated) and made for a nice, long, leisurely drive out towards the CA border. The real winner for the drive was heading down 95 from Quartzite to the turnoff for Palm Canyon in KOFA. I really enjoy that road and it was even nicer with the reduced traffic-- pretty much just me and the couple hundred butterflies smashed into the grill of my car.

Palm Canyon was nice as ever. Quick, easy, and peaceful. I saw a handful of other folks out there but everyone did a pretty good job of keeping their distance.

It is not often that I can look back at a hike where I spent 5X longer on the highway than I did on the trail as a good day but this was thoroughly enjoyable all around.
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Mar 10 2019
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40 male
 Joined May 21 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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SunDevil3Triplogs 90
Hiking1.00 Miles 270 AEG
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Spent the night camped at/in Skull Rock down off Queen Canyon Rd with my daughter and decided to make Palm Canyon the first hike the following morning. Beautiful morning and really cool to see Arizona's only grove of native palms. This one had been on my HAS wish list for many years but was never willing to drive 2-3 hours out into Kofa just for this brief hike. In the end, I got to check this one off my list with the help of my 8-year old daughter (and favorite hiking companion) so it was that much better.
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Dec 27 2018
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53 male
 Joined Jul 29 2016
 Dewey
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2018
clem5123Triplogs 40
Hiking0.85 Miles 270 AEG
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Feb 18 2018
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40 female
 Joined Aug 22 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2018
LumberjillTriplogs 27
Hiking0.85 Miles 270 AEG
Hiking0.85 Miles      30 Mns   1.70 mph
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On our way back to Phoenix from the Parker Strip area, we made a detour to come see the only native Palm trees in the state. The Kofas are an impressive sight, and you get a great view of them as you drive to the base of Palm Canyon. The trail is rocky and kind of steep in parts. As we were hiking in, I was looking everywhere for the palms, not realizing that what you hike to is actually just a viewpoint of the palms in a side canyon. Of course, you could opt to scramble up that side canyon to get up close and personal with the palms, but we opted to just observe from afar today. From the photosets here, it appears that we observed far fewer palms than what previous hikers have seen, which makes me wonder if they are disappearing, or if we just weren't close enough to see what was truly there. We could see about 20 - 24 palms pretty easily, but some of the photos here show what looks like at least twice as many.

After the short detour, we continued on our way back home.
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Jan 28 2018
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 Joined Dec 10 2009
 Tempe, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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DbleDutchTriplogs 71
Hiking1.45 Miles 370 AEG
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Left Quartzsite about 10:30 for the trailhead. Up the trail and at the trail view point too early for the best light. Headed up the chute on the rightside. As we were returning the trail, wife's cell phone began ringing in her backpack. WHAT! cell service in this remote tight side canyon. Yup she is talking to our son in Phx. Light on the Palms was better on our way out.
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Mar 03 2017
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57 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Jackson, CA
KOFA sampler, AZ 
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toddakTriplogs 490
Hiking15.00 Miles 5,000 AEG
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Started with an early morning ascent of excellent Castle Dome Peak on a very well-cairned and established route that's better than a lot of official trails I've been on, with some fun scrambling and 3rd class near the top. Then Palm Canyon, short and interesting. Then Signal Peak, another good climb to a big summit, also follows a well-established route.

Visited Castle Dome Mining Museum the previous day, its well worth the $10 and a couple of hours.
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Dec 10 2016
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65 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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johnlpTriplogs 4,322
Hiking1.60 Miles 560 AEG
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560 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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JuanJaimeiii
Short hike to native palm trees in narrow canyons. JJ and I took a side canyon to check out some less visited palms. Cool. :)
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Dec 10 2016
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55 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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JuanJaimeiiiTriplogs 1,936
Hiking1.77 Miles 623 AEG
Hiking1.77 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   1.48 mph
623 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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After doing Signal Peak and 10 Ewe we all headed over and did Palm Canyon. Once past the main canyon with the palms, JohnLP and I continued up the trail for a good ways. We found another canyon with Palms in it and climbed our way up into it. Brushy was the name of the game here but we made our way through without issue. This particular canyon had three palms and a large crack full of chock stones. Very cool area indeed.
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Dec 10 2016
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49 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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chumleyTriplogs 1,703
Hiking1.32 Miles 814 AEG
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Last time I was here, I was totally drained after hitting the same two peaks we did today. BobP found the way up while I got caught on a climb that I was too tired to attempt comfortably. Today I knew to take the uphill canyon to avoid the climb and made it up to the palms with no problems at all. It's such a unique thing to see here, and I'm glad I made it up to the trees.

Apparently the USFWS Ranger is not a big fan of my driving. :oops:
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Dec 10 2016
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60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Tortoise_HikerTriplogs 3,068
Hiking1.32 Miles 814 AEG
Hiking1.32 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   1.07 mph
814 ft AEG
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We were in the area and this is in the 100 hikes book... Let's do it :) . I followed chumley and Dave1 up among the Palms. Neat little climb for a short hike. :D
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Feb 03 2016
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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mt98dewTriplogs 1,875
Hiking1.38 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking1.38 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   1.24 mph
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This hike has been on my list for quite awhile. Finally was able to do it with my wife on our way home from Lake Havasu. The area is beautiful out there, though the hike is very short. Hike itself was ok. Worth doing if you are in the area, but not, in my opinion, a drive just for that hike. However, there is a lot of potential for off trail hiking. The area is beautiful. Looks like it would be quite fun and very challenging to get to the top of the mountain in which the Palms are nestled.
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Jan 03 2015
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38 male
 Joined Mar 29 2007
 Reno, NV
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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sbkelleyTriplogs 184
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desert_boonie
The timing was perfect with the sunlight hitting the side canyon. A few little scrambles were required to get up there, and this area is definitely worth the visit. Plenty of other people on the trail, too.
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Jan 03 2015
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42 male
 Joined Aug 05 2004
 Peoria, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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desert_boonieTriplogs 212
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Nothing new can be said about this trek, but I do believe Scott and I were lucky enough to be there in the afternoon while the sun was in full contact with the canyon. The light bouncing off the top of the palms was amazing to see once we climbed to and above the palm level.
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Nov 07 2014
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51 male
 Joined Jun 17 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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cdeperroTriplogs 40
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Well thought it was about time I did this one. I took advantage of a conference I was attending in Yuma to divert my drive back to Phoenix up 95 and into Kofa. A coworker, also a hiker, came with me, and we were the only two there late afternoon on a Friday.

The hike really is straightforward unless you want to hike UP to the palms, which we did (just about). We started the hike late, and got up quite high, but the rock was very loose and we thought, well we saw the palms from below and they're just palms LOL. I do recommend a hiking pole. We tried the route to the right (thanks @chumley) and it was walkable with a few hand holds needed.

With that, we turned around and finished. Great weather!. If we had been an hour earlier the light would have been perfect to see the palms in the sun. See my pics.
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Feb 22 2014
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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chumleyTriplogs 1,703
Hiking1.63 Miles 702 AEG
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After bagging Summit peak, we decided to relocate for the next day's adventures, and along the way stopped to visit Palm Canyon.

Nice area, but after three days of hiking peaks off-trail, I was a little tired, and ended up turning back at the second climb trying to get up to the Palms. I tried three different attempts, and actually ended up well above where I needed to be, but wasn't able to traverse over safely. My legs were totally spent. So I accepted defeat and headed back to the car.

On the way I looked back up to see Bob on his way back down. Though he made all the climbs on the way up, he informed me that there was a parallel canyon to access the palms without any climbing required.

It was getting dark and we had a camp to set up, so that'll have to wait until next time for me. Oh well.

For anybody who hasn't been here, my photos show the route.
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Feb 22 2014
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60 male
 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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BobPTriplogs 2,615
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Although I have a few palms in my yard, they are imported. The ones in the side canyons of Palm Canyon are native. After summiting Summit Peak(no not the awesome technical pinnacle), we stopped here to check things out. We did what any tourist would do and grabbed a brochure and headed in search of Washingtonia Arizonica or Washingtonia filifera depending where you get your information from. We got to the palm sign and looked left. Yup they're palms. We sauntered up the canyon a little ways and saw a couple in side canyons and then went back to the motherlode. I'm glad I had my Merrell barefoots on; otherwise I may not have made it with my sole less brooks. There were 2 climbs and then it was just bouldering huge boulders. I made it just shy to the top of the canyon 3 solid contour lines up or about 600ft and counted 33 palms plus a couple babies and a couple downed ones. In 1986, I read somewhere that they counted 42. The scars from the 1954 fire were evident on most of the large palms. Cool side trip. Never did get to drink that beer under the palm with someone fanning me with fronds.
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Nov 28 2013
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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mazatzalTriplogs 1,207
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Went over to San Diego for the long weekend so we thought we'd check out the palms. Nice short hike to the sign/viewpoint :)
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Jan 06 2013
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45 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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PrestonSandsTriplogs 1,785
Hiking1.70 Miles 550 AEG
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The sun was setting on the Kofa Mountains as I was passing through the area, so i turned off of the highway for a first time visit to legendary Palm Canyon...

I moved up the canyon in the last bit of pinkish sunset light, and was struck by how much the Kofa facade resembled the Siphon Draw area in the Superstitions. Only the crunch of gravel beneath my shoes and the occasional chirp of a bat stirred the silent canyon.

The palms were hard to see in the growing darkness, and I climbed the wrong slot before locating the correct one. A well trodden rock slide and the rustle of palm fronds let me know I was on the right path, and fire scorched palm trunks were soon illuminated by my headlamp. Thoroughly enjoying this unique botanical niche, I scrambled higher into the palm grove, taking photos.

Reality set in, and I remembered the long drive awaiting. I scrambled back down to the trail far below in the darkness, and made a quick retreat to the deserted trailhead. Satisfied and thankful to have had the chance to visit this place, I sped off down the gravel road and into the night. It was a small and worthwhile adventure, in a part of Arizona that I had never been to before. :D
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