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White Canyon Key Exchange (A)

Date:Destination:White Canyon Key Exchange
Level:Advanced (A)Area:Superior S
Approx hike distance in miles:7.5Hike leader:
Low to high elevation gain:N/AHike leader phone:
Accum elevation gain in feet:1200Hike leader email:
Departure time - Union Center parking lot:Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in
Recommended gas donation:$10
Unpaved miles:North - 1
South - 3
Park entry fee per vehicle:No
Road conditions:TrailWebsite for reference info:
High clearance vehicle req'd:YesTrailhead GPS coordinates:See below


Maintained Trail:NoUneven Footing:Yes
Steep Side Drop-offs:YesSteep Trail:
Off Trail (scratchy):YesSlippery Trail Surfaces:Some
Use of Hands Required:YesBoulder Hopping:Yes
Hike Arizona Difficulty:3Water Crossings:May be
Restrooms at Trailhead:NoGloves Required:Yes


Special Instructions:

This hike consists of walking an old road, a partially treed creek bottom, and then the top of a valley with “Wow” views in any of a dozen stops. After hiking along the top, the trail descends into the valley for a hike out to the other trailhead. Bring plenty of water and lunch.


Upper Trailhead: From Superior, go south on 177 for 6.3 miles from the junction of US 60 and SR 177 to turn off on a gravel road to the right. Go about ¼ mile and wait for the group before turning off the gravel road. High clearance vehicle required. GPS coordinates: 33.215033, -111.064083.

Lower Trailhead: From Superior, go south on 177 for roughly 9.3 miles from the junction of US 60 and SR 177. Turn right on N Battle Axe Rd. Go about 1.9 miles and turn left. Follow trail for a total distance of 3.3 miles from SR 177. GPS coordinates: 33.179317, -111.038933.