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Badger Springs to Silver Creek Outhouse, AZ

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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Shuttle 6.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,127 feet
Elevation Gain 155 feet
Accumulated Gain 520 feet
Avg Time Hiking 3 - 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.83
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Ruins, Historic & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes
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68  2014-06-21 Uberdroog
1  2006-01-15
Agua Fria River via Badger
Author Uberdroog
author avatar Guides 1
Routes 113
Photos 1,437
Trips 117 map ( 788 miles )
Age 44 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, Az
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Preferred Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec → Early
Seasons   Late Summer to Late Spring
Sun  5:35am - 7:35pm
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Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2019 Badger Springs Fire11.4 mi*
🔥 2017 Brooklyn Fire33.5k
🔥 2010 Bloody Fire11.2 mi*
🔥 2005 Cave Creek Complex169.4 mi*
🔥 View (All) - over Official Route 🔥
*perimeter length in miles

desert river expedition
by Uberdroog

The Agua Fria is accessed here from the Badger Springs trailhead. Badger Springs will take you almost a mile in before you see the Agua Fria. This is the north end of the Agua Fria National Monument. To the south is a much longer and more difficult path.

In the wet season, this hike may not be possible without taking a dip and being potentially dangerous. In the dry season, there are around 200 yards of rock hopping before the terrain flattens out and is mostly sandy or grassy river bottom the rest of the way. Depending on weather, this terrain can go from 100+ degrees and no water to at least class III rapids. Sometimes the transformation can take moments so keep your wits about you.

After the initial rock hopping the sheer canyon walls begin to transform into more gentle slopes. Occasionally transitioning from high grass to some mild boulder scrambles. Around 3.8 miles into the hike there is an old filled-in mine on the right bank. This is also a good area to make higher ground if necessary.

As you get closer to Bishop Creek the vegetation should start to get thicker. The water if there is any is most likely on the far east side of the canyon towards the Bishop Creek confluence. On the west bank around five miles in is another old mine this time with a worn-out creepy one-room cabin to explore.

At just 5.5 miles Silver Creek and the associated canyon will come up on the east side. There is a small trail on the south side of Silver Creek leading to the outhouse another half-mile away. North of this junction can be hiked to where the Agua Fria crosses Bloody Basin near the bird sanctuary sign. This will add another 1.5 miles but take you by some good crayfish hunting grounds.

Subject to seasonal flash floods. Watch the weather and come prepared.

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2014-06-23 Uberdroog
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To canyon trip
    To access the south end of this trail exit off I-17 to the Badger Springs Exit. From the north side the Bloody Basin exit east past the ranch and next to a maintained outhouse on Silver Creek. There is a parking lot at both ends. A high clearance vehicle is required to drive Bloody Basin past Silver Creek.
    page created by Uberdroog on Jun 23 2014 12:44 pm
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