Driving out on the 87, both mom and dad were in the tree tops past Ft McDowell at the Verde, to wish us well on our day.
Arrived at the TH at 6:45 and started the trek to the Creek with a comfortable temp of 72.
We thought it to be unusual when Father Dave agreed to, and wanted to go to Hellsgate with us today.
From looking quickly at the Elevation Profile, my takeaway was that this was relatively flat for 4.5 miles, then steep down hill for 2 miles, then Real Steep for the last 1/2 mile. That was pretty close, except for the non-existent flat 4.5 mile part.
Real nice views on the way down, taking us 3:05 to reach Tonto Creek.
We played in the water, ate some lunch, went exploring up and downstream in our floaties.
I didn't take my camera on the floatie trip for fear of getting it wet. Hopefully Denny's water proof camera shots turn out at the 5' waterfall up stream. Father Dave borrowed Denny's floatie and took a solo trip through the Gates of Hell.... er ah... Hellsgate. He was gone for a long time and returned with a funny look in his eyes......
After 3 1/2 hours of playing in the water, it was time to make the slog out of the Canyon. The Temps at this point had warmed to the mid 90's, so we soaked our clothes in the creek one last time and started up.
That first 1/2 mile is real steep and loose. We made it to El Grande Tank and soaked our clothes again. The next break was at the Wilderness boundary, where we had cached an Icy Cold Gatorade on the way down. Icy cold was now in the 80 degree range. From this point Dave took off and met us back at the Trail head. From the Creek back to the trail head took us 10 minutes longer to get out than in, at 3 hours 15 minutes.
Little 3 minute video. Denny is finally proper..
A fun time with the boys... great to hike with both Father Dave and 3D Denny again.