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Headdress Canyon 3B-II

Total Trip Length: 1.26 mi

Technical: RAP, DC, PK

Number of Raps: 3

Longest Rap: ~ 70’

Total Ascent: ~ 674'

Water: Potential Mandatory Swim

Vehicle: Passenger car

Shuttle: No 

Approach

From the Parking spot head WSW along Hwy 88 for approximately 1,200'  (33.52581, -111.39582). From here turn SSE and head up hill for approximately 1,831' at which time you will gain the top (33.52138, -111.39581). Follow the gully down hill until you reach the creek bed. Then head north.  

Descent

The first rappel is immediately after entering the creek. Rappel 1 is approximately 20' into a pool which has the potential to be a keeper depending on the depth. A few easy downclimbs and you will approach rappel 2. Rappel 2 is approximately 25' into a knee deep pool. Shortly after you will come upon rappel 3 which is approximately 50'. After rappel 3 continue down the water course which requires some minor downclimbs until you exit onto the road. 

Exit

Turn left after leaving water course. It is a short walk to the parking area. 

Other

This canyon is in designated wilderness. Please minimize impact by trying to stay on the vague trails on the approach. 

Directions

From the intersection of Apache Trail and Idaho Rd in Apache Junction, head NE towards Canyon Lake on HWY 88 (Apache Trail). Continue on  HWY 88 for approximately 16.5 miles. Just before the left corner into Tortilla Flat there will be a small pullout on the north side of the road (33.52603, -111.39238). Park here and enjoy the canyon!