how hard is this to find? I love AF canyon!
It's actually quite hard to find unless you keep it in view as you scramble up the AF Canyon side. Steep and rocky climb. No trails anywhere around.
Having seen it from the air, I would try an ascent from West, up through the burnt area.
Yes that side is easier to hike, but the arch is hard to find unless you know right where it is. I tried to find it twice from that side before scrambling up the east side while keeping it in sight. I wasn't sure it was real.
Here is a link to a photo looking through the other side
I just hiked here a week ago. If you hike from the West side through Preston Canyon you can find a trail that starts at the bottom and leads you all the way to where all the washes converge. From there it is a bushwhack through the dead trees. I placed about fifty cairns along the way so hopefully they stay put. The only problem is that it is hidden. You have to climb a small rock wall to see it. I actually ended up on top of it before i realized where I was. If you are heading North up the ridge towards Dharma peak and pass a survey marker that looks like a big nail in the ground, you are within a hundred feet or so. If i can figure out how I will post some pictures.