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Deep Pools Route - Pine Creek Canyon, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 3.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,011 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,255 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.28
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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9  2020-04-25
Pine Canyon - Deep Pools Loop
8  2020-04-18
Bearfoot - Pine Creek Canyon - Deep Pools Loop
Author The_Eagle
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Location Far NE Phoenix, Az
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Droppin the Kids off at the Pool
by The_Eagle

If you don't like off-trail, this is not for you. Most will enjoy this route in long pants.

This is an alternate route to get to the rim from Pine Creek Canyon

Like other trails/routes in the area, this one is believed to have been created/flagged by the Boy Scouts.

The route is shown on a 2004 map I have that looks like it was created by Camp Lo Mia.
This description starts from the southern access point where the signage shows a trail splitting off from the Pine Creek Canyon Trail, going to Darling Rocks.

The route is simple to follow to Darling Rocks (indicated by a memorial). Past here you will need to rely on Red Tin flags and/or old orange tape or follow the official GPS Route. Some of the flags have fallen off, or over, through the years. It appears to be better marked going up, rather than down Canyon.

Until this route makes a turn to the North, it follows close to Pine Creek. Pay close attention when you make the turn out of Pine Creek. It gets steeper and the deadfall gets more aggressive. Many markers may be on the ground or buried.

In April of 2020, when I did this, water flowed the entire way. I was curious where it got its name on the map I had. I approached an area that I could see from a distance, that has a series of smooth rock pools and waterfalls. The tallest being around 20' tall. Quite a pretty area and worth the price of admission.

This would make a nice loop with Pine Creek Canyon Trail from the upper trailhead, CCW, using the old forest roads on top of the rim to connect.

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2020-04-19 The_Eagle

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

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    Description for this Route is from the location just south of where Pine Creek Canyon Trail, crosses Pine Creek
    page created by The_Eagle on Apr 19 2020 5:50 pm
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