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First Water Upper Creek LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2010
snakemarks
Hiking6.00 Miles 710 AEG
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Out to the falls and back with some off-trail hiking along the ridge overlooking the creek to the northeast. I've always looked up at the cool rock features in this area, but this time I climbed up to investigate. I was not disappointed!

After leaving the Dutchman trail and hiking in the creek a short while, I climbed up the low end of the ridge just to check it out. I didn't really expect to get anywhere from here, but once I got up there, it was an easy stroll among all those great rock formations in a gentle ascent of hills and valleys along the length of the creek before it turns to the south. It was beautiful up there and the views were quite stunning. The creek below was mostly dry in that section and the change of scenery was delightful.

The climb down the high side wasn't too difficult and it put me right into the prettiest section of the creek. When I reached the falls, I was determined to get a picture of them from on top of the sheer rock wall on the left side of the pool. For some reason I believed that would be a killer angle for a photo. I went up from the side and approached it from the rear, but the climb was pretty dicey and I don't recommend it. The view from up there wasn't at all what I had in mind, so it wasn't worth the effort, anyway.

The hike back through the creek was fairly easy with little water through much of it. Nice day!


* I forgot to mention that First Water Road has recently been graded and it's as smooth as I've ever seen it. It was in terrible shape after that big storm, but all those spine-jarring ruts are gone now.
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