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Sierra Canyon - Technical Canyoneering Day Trip in the Supes - 3AIII

This is a 4 rappel 3AIII technical canyoneering trip in the northern Superstition Wilderness with an exit at lower Fish Creek. You must have canyoneering experience or have taken a recent rappelling class.  All hikers will be approved by the hiker leader.

Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Time Needed: 6-7 hours

Distance: 5.5 mile loop

You must provide: harness, helmet, PAS, belay device, carabiners, auto block, gloves, and proper canyon footwear.

The hike will start on lower Fish Creek just east of the Fish Creek Bridge on Apache Trail. We'll head downstream along Fish Creek for a half mile before climbing to the east up a drainage to Horse Mesa Flats.  This will be the most strenuous part of the trip.  We'll then bushwhack our way over to the north fork of Sierra Canyon.  The north fork has less raps than the south fork but the raps are better.

There are a total of 4 rappels in Sierra Canyon, and although the longest rappel is 85 feet, a few of the rappels have very difficult starts and landings to avoid water.  There is an excellent chance you will get wet and you may have to wade through the water depending on the water levels this time of year.  We'll exit at Fish Creek and hike back to the vehicles.

Although this canyon is ACA rated at 3AIII, it sometimes earns the rating of 3BIII due to water levels.

We'll meet at the Home Depot/Burger King parking lot on Superstition Springs Blvd. and carpool together to the start of the hike, which is a dirt lot on the north side of Apache Trail Rd just past the bridge at Fish Creek.

No wetsuit required. Description of this Route



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meeting you guys, thanks Mike - good times! Anyone know a good plumber?

    2 · October 27, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Great day as always, thanks Coulter for the trip. Got my fix!

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Mike M.

    And my sis Tash!

    October 21, 2013

    • Tasha

      I can't wait!!

      1 · October 25, 2013

  • Rhonda

    So sorry I have to cancel Mike, have work being done at my house and they're coming back next weekend. Was so looking forward to it...

    October 22, 2013

    • AZMike

      No problem Rhonda. We'll catch you on the next one.

      October 22, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Thats a plan SB.... Rope and 25oz Modelo's i win

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Mike M.

    SB i am carrying your 200' fire plus what you other length you want me to bring? Its all about the rope and the mule packs it! Modello at the finish line for my bro's...

    October 21, 2013

    • AZMike

      You got it Mckenzie. I'll bring the rope for you to carry and you bring the Modello.

      October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this, Mike! Are you recommending a wetsuit?

    October 20, 2013

    • AZMike

      Hi Nick. No wet suit required. I've done this canyon several times and never had to wear one. Temps should be in the 80's that day. We're also taking the north fork which avoids most of the water in this canyon. Only the second to last rap should have a little bit of water. Looking forward to this one. It should be a fun day.

      October 20, 2013

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