Hose Canyon, 3BII
approximately 1.5 miles
Tonto National Forest – Superstition Wilderness
There was nothing extraordinarily spectacular about this canyon, so close to my home in the Phoenix metropolitan area. There it sat, probably rarely visited, tucked away just off a heavily traveled thorough fare until not too long ago some of the local Phoenix canyoneers found it and generously shared it with others through the online community. Kind of last minute on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday, we went to see what it was all about. Just before the canyon dropped into the technical section we heard voices behind us. Quickly, none other than Rich Rudrow and Todd Martin came around the corner. With the short and sweet technical section ahead, we merged into a singular group through the rappels, down climbs and continued on together during the pleasant hike out of the canyon and back to our vehicle under the glorious winter Arizona sunshine. There may not be too many other places in this country where one can drive 45 minutes from a major metropolitan area, descend a newly publicized canyon and make it back home for lunch. Lucky to live in such a place.