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Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2006
AZLOT69
Hiking5.80 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles
700 ft AEG
 
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EARLY SPRING WARMTH-LOOKING FOR A "COOL" TRAIL-MOSTLY IN THE SHADE THIS TIME OF YEAR. FISH CREEK TURNED OUT TO BE THE TICKET. ADD TO THAT THE POTENTIAL FOR - BIG HORNS AND LIONS (MOUNTAIN) AND BEARS ( SEE TRIP 40 ) HIKERS GUIDE TO SUPS, OH MY !

We didn't know too much about the Fish creek Canyon but did know that there are ways to go up-stream from the bridge. The hike starts by immediately going up to the remains of an Indian Cave Dwelling that has been totally ruined. Moving from that low note we immediately encountered massive building-sized boulders lying in the creek bed. We could not find much if any trail and enjoyed the hunt for ways around, over or under these obstructions. Even with over 100 days of drought the creek is still flowing up out of the ground and then re-submerges short distance later. Standing pools are everywhere and these add additional difficulty finding the route.

The initial going in the largest boulders was very slow. We flipped back and forth between the banks. At points we tracked backwards during traverses to move around obstacles. Sometimes stone, sand, or small boulders for footing. Other times in brush and trees on the banks. One particular area required finding a two foot wide ledge to climb up to in order to make about 150 ft of progress. Soon after we crawled through a portal under and between massive boulders. In many areas the water has carved a 30 ft or more hole near boulders driving us back to find and alternative.

One water hole about 2 miles upstream required us to "tree-walk" a fallen tree and then transfer to a log to cover the final 8 ft. The boulders and rocks constantly change in color, texture and pattern. Beautiful multi-colored tumbled rocks line the streambed. In one particular area the creek had exposed rock that had been layered into folded over lazy "S".

Even the vegetation varied as we progressed upstream. Near 2 1/2 miles we encountered a temperate/almost tropical stand of vegitation.

A few well place cairns added in making a much faster retracing of our steps to the trailhead.

We both felt the canyon gave us the feeling of being in the inner gorge of the Grand Canyon - just spectacular!!
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