Punchbowl Canyon

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No question, this is the best route in the Superstition Mountains.  There are many other canyons that give you a slight glimpse at what Punchbowl Canyon has to offer but they all pale in comparison.  It is a technical route with nearly 14 rappels, many pools to swim, an exciting approach hike and questionable access issues.  This canyon has somewhat of a soft closure on it, given its proximity to the nearby dam and sticky access problems.    On our way through we were confronted at the final rappel by an SRP worker who was not too happy to find us on the property.  Regardless, Punchbowl Canyon is one of the best routes in the state.  The approach listed here is now known as the sheep route and though it may not be the safest approach, it sure is the funnest one around.  It does also cross SRP property and is therefore technically trespassing, but it is kind of a weird situation.  If you do attempt this route come prepared as it is one of the more difficult ones in the area.  This is a great adventure by any standard.

-> Punchbowl Canyon – January 23, 2011 <-

***THIS MAP IS A ROUGH ESTIMATE OF THE ROUTE AND IS INTENDED ONLY FOR REFERENCE***


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