I was doing a side job in Desert Hills, so this Hike was perfect to pull out of the Wish pile. I also needed something to stretch the legs out from the day before. Since it was going to be warm, and I needed to try out some new water shoes, I planned on getting wet on this one....
Before I got to the TH, I decided to stop by the Cave Creek Ranger Station to verify the status of a Tonto Pass for this TH. I was told that one was not needed for the dirt pullout on Cave Creek Road where the TH is. Only needed for areas that have facilities. I will make sure that the Description is updated.
Got to the TH and saw some horseback riders getting ready to go. Armed with the paperwork on this hike, I set out. I must say, the Description is dead on and no GPS is needed for this. I just had the GPS Route on paper and probably didn't even need that. If you can walk 3 miles on a sandy Beach, you can do this Hike. Other than Montezuma's Castle, this is probably the easiest hike I have ever done. The Wash area in the beginning is kind of cool, it closes in and is very cozy and scenic with rock formations. Then it widens out and you just cruise along. After a mile, I got to the intersection where the wash starts to look more like a rocky riverbed and hung a left. The landscape here changed dramatically. Cactus were replaced with cottonwoods and it was very green. As I approached the small canyon, I saw a little bit of water flow, so I was very optimistic that the Falls would still be flowing.
I turned that last bend and a little oasis opened up in front of me. I could hear the Falls and there was a beautiful pool at the base of the rock wall where the Falls are located. The Falls themselves are a little bit hidden until you get almost right on top of them. Not a roaring set of Falls, but very nice. What a great little spot this is!
Spent alot of time at the Falls. First time I've stood under a set of falls in almost 20 years. If I didn't drown you all out with pictures from yesterday, I will today. Still playing with my camera water shots.
Finally hike out as it's getting late. Hiked out with a couple of other guys that were at the Falls with their dogs. As we're nearing the part of the Wash that starts to get narrow and close in, I see something in a tree up on the slope that just doesn't quite look right. It almost looks like a bird, but it's perfectly still. I stop and walk over to the edge of the wash with a suspicion that it might be an owl. The two guys never quit talking and walking and were soon out of sight. The object is exactly what I thought. An Owl! I couldn't see any movement from further away because they have no neck, you can't see their head turn.
He's just sitting on top of a brushy type of tree, just watching the world go by....He let me approach a little closer without seeming nervous and I got a few shots. Unfortunately the zoom on my camera is awful and I just couldn't get close enough before he decided he was getting "stalked", and away he went.
I finished my hike without any more excitement and by the time I got out of Carefree, there was a great Sunset going on, so I stopped and took a couple of pics just before getting back to Desert Hills. Nice little hike, perfect for what I wanted today....