I'd wanted to explore upper Oak Creek Canyon to find out exactly where the water came from since Pumphouse Wash is usually dry. I parked just south of the bridge at the bottom of the switchbacks and made my way up the creek to a side creek where all the water was coming in. This is another Sterling Canyon--the fish hatchery is upstream. There is no trail, but there is a power line that I walked under for part of the way until I was stopped by killer raspberry vines that wanted my blood. I got my revenge by eating some sweet, black berries. There were large trout swimming in the shallow creek--they looked like browns. I tried climbing the canyon wall, but with the hatchery in sight, I knew I wouldn't find the spring from this entry. I turned around, went back to my car, drove up 89A to the last switchback and parked. Over the guardrail and down to the creek--the spring is encased in concrete and a pipe takes most of the water to the hatchery. The canyon is very narrow at this point and just a little water is coming down. So much for finding another Horton Spring! Then I drove down to Sedona to visit son/daughter-in-law. Caught the most beautiful moonrise as I was heading back to Flag!
A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.