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Verde River Trail #11 to Red Creek, AZ
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Verde River Trail #11 to Red Creek, AZ 
Verde River Trail #11 to Red Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking17.97 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking17.97 Miles   9 Hrs   20 Mns   2.34 mph
2,900 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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It took me a year to forget about the drive out to this area. Whether you approach this area from I-17 and Bloody Basin Road, or come up from Cave Creek on FR24 (Seven Springs Rd), it is 41 miles of dirt. Rough in spots, real rough in others. There are 3 creek crossings east of FR24 on 269. Passable with High Clearance when dry. I'd stay off when wet. I can't say one way is any better/easier than the other.

Last year in January, we ventured out to Red Creek and hit the Verde River Trail going north in a loop with some other Mazzy selections.

This Year, it's the Verde River Trail #11, from it's southern start at Sheep Bridge. I've always wanted to get out to Sheep Bridge, and the area did not disappoint. We were there early enough on a Saturday Morning to miss any potential crowds. Even on the way back, 2 groups camping and one group just packing up their Kayak and Canoe.

The plan was to hike the Verde River Trail to Red Creek, and then attempt to follow the Verde River shoreline back to Sheep Bridge.

This is an enjoyable (Except for the whining) track. Sweet views of the Verde River to the West and snow capped Mazzy's to the East. Relatively easy to follow except when crossing Wet Bottom Creek. We made it out to the Red Creek area for our turn around. The Verde seemed to be moving faster this year in the same spot where we crossed it last year. Later checking by Joe verified it was, but only marginally.

Time to turn around and start our attempt to follow the Verde back to Sheep. It was slow going as we made our way to our lunch spot at the Wet Bottom Creek confluence with the Verde. After lunch we decided that at the pace we were traveling, I would not be able to put up with the *itchin' for another 12 hours. So after 1.5 miles of Bushwhacking/scrambling next to the Verde, we made our way up an unnamed slot canyon and back to the trail.

When we got back to the Sheep Bridge area, I checked out the hot spring. I thought it'd be nice to soak my feet in the hot water. The Hot spring is hidden within the reeds. There is a tunnel formed out of the reeds to get to it. I decided when I got there that the two unclothed souls did not need me soaking my feet in their warm pool.

Video Fodder ==> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53YVrQ5kYAw&edit=vd

I'm almost ready to go back out there again. :D
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Hot Spring - Sheep Bridge

dry Dry Wash Dry Dry
Per it's Namesake

dry Horse Creek Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Hot Spring - Sheep Bridge Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Not sure on the flow, but the HOT Spring was full of a Hot 96 degree water.

dry Spring Wash Dry Dry
Nothing at the Verde Trail intersect

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Sycamore Creek Light flow Light flow
Cool Clean water

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Verde River at Tangle Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Wet Bottom Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Nice Flow
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