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Name: Hassayampa Canyon Author's Rating:
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating: Not rated yet
Type: 4WD Difficulty: (easy 4WD)
Time: 1 - 2 hours Region: NW Arizona
Length: 5.25 miles (one way) Elevation gain/loss/change: +327 / -150 ft / +177 ft (one way)
Type: Out and back (Or through trail if connecting with Stanton) Avg Elevation: 2200 ft
Best time to go: fall, spring, winter, late summer Fees: NA
Fitness rating: Low Educational Merit: Low
Danger/fear rating: Low Scenic Beauty: High
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: March, 2011
Short Description: A short, easy but super fun trail through a sandy wash that starts out wide, then gets very narrow at the end
Geocaches: Tons of cool geocaches around. Here's just a few. The Old Stone Cabin Cache; Mistake Cache;
References / Contact Information: Guide to Arizona Backroads and 4-wheel Drive Trails pages 392-394; Surfing Hassayampa and Box Canyon;
Points of interest: Hassayampa Canyon, stone foundations, Wickenburg.
Special Considerations: Route can be very sandy at times. Use caution during rain storms. Flash flooding may occur and can be extremely dangerous. Watch out for equestrians. This is a very popular place to ride horses.
How to get there: From Phoenix take Hwy 60 to Wickenburg. At Wickenburg, take Hwy 93 for approximately two miles, then take a right on Rincon Rd at Waypoint 001. Follow Rincon Rd for almost three miles until you reach Waypoint 002 (the large sandy wash). Click here for directions.

Trail Description

This trail is way too much fun to ignore. It's a short, easy trail through a canyon that keeps getting more and more narrow. If you're lucky, there's just the right amount of water to play in (for both you and your vehicle). The biggest obstacle on the trail is the sand. Airing down may be required for less capable vehicles or when the sand is deeper than usual. Bring the family and some friends and have a nice picnic along the wash, dip your toes in and just relax! This is a great trip.

General Information and History

I don't have much information on this area or the old stone foundations. I believe they were remnants of an old rancher's line cabin or a mining shack. Any information that I could share with readers would be greatly appreciated! Go to the contact me page to email me. Thanks.

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The Trail

See How to Get There above for directions to Waypoint 001 and 002. The actual trail doesn't start until after Waypoint 002. At Waypoint 002, turn right (east) into the Hassayampa River (though it may not look like a river yet). This section of the "river" is a large open and sandy wash. Follow the tire tracks along the wash as you head northeast.

Keep following the river bed.It will slowly begin to get more narrow and a little more rocky in some places. You will also start to see small trails that lead off in either direction. I believe most of these are dead ends, but they can be fun. Be careful, some of them may also narrow abruptly without any spot to turn around and you will need to back up a long distance to get out.

There are some great picnic places along the wash. Stop and put your feet in the cool stream.

Just after Waypoint 003, the canyon really starts to narrow. This portion of the trail is a bunch of fun if there's a little bit of water flowing.

All too soon, the trail begins to widen again. You will find the stone ruins of an old line shack at Waypoint 004. You have a few options here.

1. Turn around and go back through the canyon back to the starting point.
2. Take the alternate loop back most of the way to the starting point. I have not been on this route before, but it is detailed in the Arizona Backcountry Adventures book.
3. Go out through Stanton. This is what we did when we went. The trail can be confusing and route finding difficult. I will be detailing this in a later adventure.

Whatever you decide, be safe and have fun!

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