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Rock Rock Creek, AZ
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Rock Rock Creek, AZ 
Rock Rock Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2013
joebartels
Hiking11.85 Miles 4,730 AEG
Hiking11.85 Miles   8 Hrs   24 Mns   1.72 mph
4,730 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Like Barnhardt and Deadman's the hoopla is about the water. Which makes for a remarkable experience throughout snow melt and likely when monsoon pops too. Top notch company can liven up a boring dirt road so this one has better than average potential.

Trail #42 offers quick elevation gain with outstanding distant views. For reference a similar nearby hike up North Peak Trail #24 is fab but the outcrops on this one is pure joy. The bottom mile is in good condition. From there up to 5,300 is a remarkable 5 foot width clear cut. Above that it is bushwhacky at times yet friendly without thorns for the most part. The grade is very steep for a couple miles. Yet it's not ridiculous like the bottom of #24.

From the 6,100 foot outcrop we jumped off the trail. Then took the creek up a half mile before making a direct ascent on 7559. Then over to 7571. From here (in hind sight now that I understand the area) I'd recommend taking the ridge down to Sandy Saddle and looping back to #42 to pickup Sandy and Deadman Falls overlooks.

Rather we backtracked a mile and off the NW side of 7559. Bob wanted to hit 7571 one more time so we knocked it out again. Then down the west of 7559 to Richard's Corral. This was cool to see as water was seeping from the entire side of the mountain heading down to the corral.

Almost back to #42 Bob took us down Rock Creek for an additional 0.5mi of creek travel. This part of the creek is more slick rock with small cascades. Kinna relaxing and just enjoyable.

The most exhausting part of the day was the stagecoach ride home. Bob taught me everything I know about indirect dust infusion :sweat:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu0grwkK4Ro
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Most impressive along Center Creek. Stemless Primrose, Desert Anemone, Mexican Gold Poppy, Myrtle, Bluebonnet(?) Lupine, Western Wallflower, Fremont Barberry, Desert ceanothus, unknown lily

Canaigre is beginning to tower stalks along FR414.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Center Creek Light flow Light flow
will be "pools to a trickle" soon, very "spring time" feeling with all the wildflowers nearby

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Rock Creek Falls @ 6,100 Ft Light flow Light flow
a few gallons per minute and likely fading fast as there is very little snow left
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