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Willow Creek to Saguaro LakePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Oct 22 2010
Grasshopper
Canyoneering7.80 Miles 1,040 AEG
Canyoneering7.80 Miles   6 Hrs   35 Mns   1.18 mph
1,040 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
 
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For me it felt great to be back with some desert hiking again after another long Phoenix area summer. This was my first time hiking in our Goldfield Mountains and this completely off-trail, route finding creek/canyon hike was a good choice. Thanks AZLOT69 for your recent default GPS Route to follow which makes this one way 4+ mile creek/canyon hike a much more pleasant journey.

As my posted GPS Route and geocoded pic set shows, we elected to hike it as loop hike starting at the recommended "south" TH Parking off Hwy88 and continuing north to Willow Creek route end at the Saguaro Lake (Salt River Viewpoint), then a short one-eight mile backtracking to connect with an unnamed canyon drainage hiking east up this drainage to finally connect with the alternate "north" TH Parking at the Mormon Dam driveway/road. Then down this Morman Dam access road for .50mls to connect back with Hwy88 and then another 2.7mls up Hwy88 back to our "south" TH Parking Start.

Now having hiked this 2.7 mile section via Hwy88 back to our TH Start, I would not recommend it due to just too many blind road corners for oncoming traffic with a serious lack of walkway median to safely hike on. As described in the hike description, the best options for hiking this route are: "Shuttle, self shuttle with a bicycle, key exchange, or out and back".
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