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General Discussion => Pictures & Videos => Topic started by: unamused on January 15, 2012, 05:29:16 PM

Title: Box Canyon of the Hassayampa River, north of Wickenburg AZ
Post by: unamused on January 15, 2012, 05:29:16 PM
My wife and I, along with our boy Roo, went exploring north of Wickenburg, AZ along the Hassayampa River bottom.  The trail is detailed in the Trail Series "Arizona Trails, Central Region" book.
http://www.amazon.com/Arizona-Trails-Central-Region-Massey/dp/1930193017 (http://www.amazon.com/Arizona-Trails-Central-Region-Massey/dp/1930193017)

The trail is rated 4 out of 10 because of deep sand and some rocks and small boulders.  The "Box Canyon" is a foot trail off-shoot of the riverbed and is pretty cool.  Another cool feature of the trail is the water.  The river runs underground except in certain areas where the bedrock forces the water to the surface, with melting snow up north, the water was running pretty good.

This is a fun trail thats stock friendly, beautiful scenery with many off-shoot trails to explore and areas to camp and explore.
Entrance to the box.
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We didn't get far because the trail continues on the other side of the ladder and our shephard Roo doesn't like ladders.
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Looking back towards the main trail.
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Driving down the wash.
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Exploring one of the side trails.
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Trail heading back to river bottom.
(http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q36/keyser_soze_01/P1150045.jpg)
Thanks for looking!
Title: Re: Box Canyon of the Hassayampa River, north of Wickenburg AZ
Post by: 11Pro4X on January 15, 2012, 06:14:01 PM
Awesome pictures! 
Title: Re: Box Canyon of the Hassayampa River, north of Wickenburg AZ
Post by: unamused on January 15, 2012, 06:49:48 PM
Thanks Marcin, it was a good day off road!
Title: Re: Box Canyon of the Hassayampa River, north of Wickenburg AZ
Post by: 11Pro4X on January 15, 2012, 06:53:59 PM
I want to run that trail! 
Title: Re: Box Canyon of the Hassayampa River, north of Wickenburg AZ
Post by: coatimundi01 on January 15, 2012, 08:51:45 PM
Looks like a fun day! That canyon hike looks awesome!
Title: Re: Box Canyon of the Hassayampa River, north of Wickenburg AZ
Post by: 08PRO4x on January 15, 2012, 09:24:30 PM
Thats where I ALWAYS go off roading.  You can really open it up in some parts of the river bottom where there is just sand.  A lot of the time people hang out there in the canyon playing horseshoes, drinking beer, grilling, etc.  Wickenburg rocks.
Title: Re: Box Canyon of the Hassayampa River, north of Wickenburg AZ
Post by: T-Ray on January 16, 2012, 07:33:59 AM
That is indeed a fun area. Has some mild rocky areas & a good climb up to an old mine that you can walk in. I used to love the wide open sandy wash too - lots of high speed 2wd fun!
Title: Re: Box Canyon of the Hassayampa River, north of Wickenburg AZ
Post by: 08PRO4x on January 16, 2012, 03:26:23 PM
Wheres the old mine at?
Title: Re: Box Canyon of the Hassayampa River, north of Wickenburg AZ
Post by: unamused on January 16, 2012, 03:43:18 PM
Thanks guys!!  I'd like to know where the mine is too!  Once we hit the wash, we just drove around exploring, we didn't stick to the trail outlined in the book.  If anyone heads out on a saturday, post up, I'd love to explore futher!!