follow creek to spring
From the road head down into the main creek drainage and follow the creek bed to the spring. A fire in 2012 (257 fire) burned much of this area and has made the hike easier. As you get closer to the spring, some scrambling over some log jams is necessary. There is a limestone wall (old waterfall) and the spring is to the right of this. Follow the rancher's water pipes to the spring, which is in a concrete well. The limestone wall had water flowing from the face when we went there.
Hike up the limestone face in the creek after the spring to find an extraordinary area with steep limestone walls and a flat creek bed. A few hundred feet leads you to a fork, with a natural tunnel to the right fork through the limestone. The left fork takes you up a drainage towards the Apache Leap escarpment. The right fork takes you towards a noticeable Troy Quartzite outcrop (visible band in satellite image), where you can meet up with FR317, if you wanted to make a loop and hike (or 4x4 drive) back to your start/AZ177. Look at the Teapot Mtn Quadrangle to find FR317. To find where the road meets the creek, hike past the Troy Quartzite band and look on your right for a road cut in a hill side. You almost don't see if unless you hike past it and look behind you. The road does not reach the creek, but it is about 10-20 feet above the creek.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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