I finally got to go on a hike/trek with Kat that she hadn't scouted yet. So off we went, trekking poles and cameras in hand to see what Fish Creek had to offer. It was a perfect day as far as weather and the trek.
You do have to meander back and forth across and in the creek and through, under, over and in the brush and a little bouldering. However, you do get to enjoy a lot of beach front going on throughout this hike. We think we only got in a little over 3 miles before turning around due to time constraints... well actually, daylight constraints.
We constantly remarked as to why more people don't do this hike as it's easy to follow and fairly easy to do if you don't mind getting wet once in awhile. We got by two sets of caves: one cave below Inspiration Point where the rest stop is at the top of Fish Hill -- (a side note here...last May when we were headed up to Payson via the Apache Trail, I went out to the east side of the scenic view area and took some photos; I said to myself, "I wonder what it's like down there and if anyone is hiking down there?") and the other cave to the north before you head west again.
We continued on around the corner where there is a tall red rock pinnacle on the NE corner and headed north for a little ways until we found some shade for lunch. A few moments later, we see someone making their way in the creek from the north - he was surprised to see us
as we were up on a ledge slightly above the creek. He said he had come down from a pulloff just before the pavement turns to dirt. He was a 4th yr college student taking some time off from studying and decided to hit Fish Creek. Anyway, we are curious as to the way he got down to the creek as it could make for an easy shuttle loop. He said he hadn't come very far in the creek but we think he did. (What is not too far to a young person can be quite far for us.)
As we made our way back, a jungle sound arose that Kat and I have heard before. It took us about 1/2 hour or so to figure out what it was
. We knew it wasn't coatamundis because te-wa said they sounded like screaming girls. As we tried to figure out how to describe the sound... we came up with a jungle goat and finally decided, it was FROGS! The sound would get loud and just echo between those canyon walls like there was no tomorrow. We were beginning to wonder if we would see tomorrow... until we figured out it was those darn FROGS! Between that and Kat's GPS finding the Vortex of Fish Creek, we got home safe and sound and can't wait to go back.