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Lower La Barge Box Canyon (Canyon Lake N. E. of Apache Junction)

Description: This is a hike I really enjoyed last year (except for the twisted ankle part). Trail starts across from the Canyon Lake Marina. It will climb about 700 feet over the first mile and give nice views of the lake and of Weaver's Needle. The trail then descends steeply to La Barge creek. We will then head off the trail and follow the creek until we get to the box canyon. This requires a little scrambling up and around some large boulders. (An alternate depending upon conditions and hikers will be to go around the backside of Battleship Rock and drop back down into the canyon). A box canyon is a narrow canyon that has tall cliffs on both sides. This one does a left / right zigzag that creates an area that is great for pictures. I am guessing about 3.5 hours to get to the box canyon and a little less to get back so plan on 7 -8 hours round trip. See last year's pictures.
Difficulty: Moderate, Total Distance: 9 miles
Start Elevation: 1600ft, Elevation Gain: 700ft
Drive Time: 50 minutes, Water to Bring: 2-3 liters
Minimum Attendees Required: 3
Estimated Return Time: 5:00 PM (or 6:30 PM for anyone joining for a beverage/eats at the Marina after the hike).
Meeting Time/Place: 7am, Pyle Recreation Center or 8am, Canyon Lake Marina (about 15 miles north on 88 from 60)
Leader: Mark
RSVP By: Friday, February 8, 7pm
Special Instructions: If you meet at Canyon Lake Marina, you will park at the hikers parking area right at the entry gate. There will be optional drinks and eats on the deck of the Canyon Lake Marina which was fun after last year’s excursion.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome!

    February 11, 2013

  • Jeff

    This hike was a blast! Yet another gem in the Superstitions I have past by but never explored… until now that is. Mark thanks for setting it up. It was great hiking with everyone.

    February 10, 2013

  • Irma

    This was my first time at La Barge Canyon and I loved it! I want to go back to explore even more. I loved skipping rocks over water, climbing over the large rocks, and just wandering about looking for the path again and again. Of course, the company made it better! Thanks Mark and Jeff.

    February 10, 2013

  • Delisse G.

    That was fabulous fun, Mark & Jeff. Thanks so much for putting this together. We were out there for 7 hours 50 minutes. Wow!

    February 10, 2013

  • Mark G.

    Barb, aimee, sham, found group A 20 minutes after you left. All is well. Back for dinner and drinks round 2. Mark

    February 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good to hear! Hope you guys had a good dinner. We really enjoyed the hike today.

      February 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great! Hope to see everyone again soon.

      February 9, 2013

  • Irma

    Sorry we missed you. Call[masked]

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Missed you guys at Pyle...heading to the trail head...it is 720 right now

    February 9, 2013

  • Aileen

    i need to bow out. huge last minute project i need all day to work on. so sad. have so much fun!

    February 8, 2013

  • Irma

    Pyle

    February 8, 2013

  • Ronald H.

    Ill meet at pyle (as usual)

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i'll meet at canyon

    February 8, 2013

  • Delisse G.

    Mark, Bill & I will meet you all at Pyle at 7 am on Saturday morning. We'd like to carpool with someone who plans to join in for the optional drinks and eats afterwards.... that is if we make it out of the box canyon. -Delisse

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mark, I'll be meeting at Pyle Recreation Center. See you Saturday with my rain jacket!

    February 7, 2013

  • Mark G.

    Hi Soles,

    The weather report shows hiking temperatures in the low 50s which is ideal. But there is a 40% chance of some showers so make sure and bring a rain parka/poncho and hat. Reports from Tuesday nights planning meeting revealed lots of water in the supersitions from recent rains which will make for some nice pools in the creekbed up by the box canyon. Should be fun! Please let me know via post or email if you are meeting at canyon lake vs. the pyle recreation center for car pooling. I will have room for 2 extra passengers. We will likely need 2-3 other drivers. Paved road all the way. See you Saturday morning. Feel free to contact me if you have questions or need anything Saturdays morning. Mark[masked]

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to join the hike if possible.

    February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to my first hike with this group!

    February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I made other plans already when I was on the wait list

    February 6, 2013

  • Mark G.

    OK folks I raised the hike limit to 20. With a few cancellations that we always have, this will hopefully accomodate everyone in the end. We will have 2 groups based upon hike speed. Please make sure and change your RSVP if you are not attending as a courtesy to others. And, watch the weather, bring a rain jacket, plenty or water and don't forget to pack lunch. I will post again before the hike. Mark

    February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly, I will not be able to stay for dinner at the Marina. I can meet at Pyle and be a carpool driver if anyone else is in the same situation. I can fit one regular size human in my car and one or two other people if they are not concerned with leg room.

    February 5, 2013

  • Delisse G.

    A sell out! I didn't expect this. I should have RSVP'd sooner. Bill & I would really like to join you if you should find two more spots. Thanks.

    January 31, 2013

  • Mark G.

    Hi Soles, Our hike is currently full! Please feel free to RSVP on the waiting list. We always get a few cancellations. Plus, if the list holds up I may split into two groups if needed, but I will make that decision a little closer to our hike. Mark

    January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to my first hike with this group!

    January 14, 2013

  • Sarah

    I'll give up my spot(only this time though ;-) to a "waiting" hiker.

    January 10, 2013

  • Caroline

    will meet at Canyon Lake Marina

    January 3, 2013

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