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Telegraph Canyon
Saturday May 15th, 2021 10:00 AM
Phoenix, Arizona
Trail Runs (Official)
Trail Leader:
Craig Ludwig

Event Description

This is a longer trail at 22 miles. It is moderately difficult with some great views at the top of Picket Post Mountain and the valley. We will enter on the West side of the trail and will exit on the East near Superior. Plan for a full day and bring sun protection, water and food for lunch.    Bring your normal recovery gear and tire plugs to fix flats.   

Meeting location:  We will meet at the trail head since we are coming in from different directions so gas up before you arrive.  The trail head is on 79 and the intersection of E Cottonwood Canyon Road.   GPS Coordinates of trail head.  33.17874, -111.35155  

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Time: 10:00am at trail head  

Communication: We will use FRS radios on channel 21, ham radios on 146.54  

General:  Bring you food and snacks and normal trail recover and repair gear.   

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Telegraph Canyon
Telegraph Canyon
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Venue Description

The trail is scenic, the difficulty is moderate. Telegraph Canyon is a favorite. This trail begins at Superior, winds up through Telegraph Canyon, Upper Box Canyon, a lunch stop at the abandoned Ajax Mine, and a wild completion over the 'dragonback' ridges. This trail is perfect for the stock Land Rover (or should that be the other way around!), and any difficult spot has an option.

The trail’s main challenges come from the rocky sections at the start of the trail as it proceeds toward Telegraph Canyon and from a narrow pathway at the edge of the shelf road and some deep washouts. Telegraph canyon is fairly wide, surrounded by jagged peaks, and has excellent views in all directions. As the trail winds around the head of the canyon climbing its way up the ridge, the views get better and better. The section of trail before Ajax Mine has some fairly deep washouts that have left a narrow pathway with just enough room to get a full-size vehicle through.



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