Alarm set for 4:45am and 78 miles later arrived at the Badger Springs TH parking lot by 6:30am. What can I say about the Agua Fria River Canyon but "snakes and butterflies". Don't know why, but they were everywhere. Some sort of silvery snakes about 2 feet long would dart across the stream bed at just about every turn. Don't know what they were, but they were fast!
Thought we'd encountered a Coral Snake along the river bed. First thing was managing the dog before any pics could be shot. Upon examining the photos, can say it was not a Coral Snake.
Badger Spring Wash and Agua Fria River were running intermittently. Some water flowing over rocks and would disappear out of sight running underground in sections. Sunflowers lining the river banks where water was running were magnets for butterflies.
I made a mental agreement that we'd turnaround before 9:00am to avoid any extreme temperatures. Turnaround was close to Perry Tank Canyon. Arrived back at the truck by 10:30am drenched in sweat (it was officially HOT!).
I'd parked the truck at the Badger Spring kiosk just east of I-17 not knowing that a 4WD trail followed the wash about 1/2 mile further inland. Maybe it was just as well; a couple of washouts and soft sand might have been a challenge for the 2WD F-150. Better hiking than stuck I say...
I appreciated the maps left at the TH kiosk by the "Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument". http://www.aguafriafriends.org/