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First Water Upper Creek Loop, AZ
2010-03-2815 by
 
Phoenix, AZ
 
Hiking5.80 Miles   4 Hrs       1.45 mph
710 ft AEG   
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Trailhead parking was full - so I turned around and parked in the overflow (no big deal as you start, but hate the additional mileage on the return!). My original plan was to hike the Black Mesa Loop, but changed my mind when I remembered this detour which takes you off trail as you test your balancing skills in a creek bed to a waterfall! Turned right at the seventh creek crossing off of Dutchman, stayed in the creek bed most of the time but still managed to get chewed on by the plant life when the rock path brought me to close to land. Didn't use any poles or a stick but still managed to stay dry both ways. Ran into a rattlesnake :o at one point, I didn't see it but it sure did see me - very loud rattle coming from the left of the creek bed. I quickly left him alone and in a short time made it to the waterfall. Climbed to the top, had some lunch, took some pictures and then continued the balancing act back to the trail and then the car (did I mention I hate having to walk to the overflow parking lot on the return!). I would recommend all to check this out when the water is running, very cool to see in the middle of the Superstitions!
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