username
X
password
register help
show related photosets
DESTINATION
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper Bridge
72 Photosets

2019-01-21  
2018-12-02  
2018-03-02  
2017-12-04  
2016-12-10  
2015-11-14  
2015-11-14  
2015-04-13  
2014-12-06  
2014-11-17  
2014-03-28  
2014-03-22  
2014-02-08  
2014-02-01  
2013-11-24  
2013-11-24  
2013-04-21  
2013-04-09  
2012-12-30  
2012-12-29  
1,  2,  3,  4  
mini location map2013-04-09
7 by photographer avatarBEEBEE
photographer avatar
 
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 09 2013
BEEBEE
Canyoneering4.00 Miles 950 AEG
Canyoneering4.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.00 mph
950 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break18 LBS Pack
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Pam laid out a plan for a backpack trip. I was not able to join her due to family obligations and work stuff. I agreed to meet her on the last day in Fish Creek Canyon then shuttle her back to her vehicle at the Tortilla Trailhead.

Monday had some really bad weather as we all know so I was a little concerned about Pam and how her trip was going. Pam is a survivor so I had no doubt she was making the best of the situation but the little voice in your head that says be prepared was speaking.

My original plan was to get up early and be at the bridge by 730 or so but due to a tragic event I involved myself in the night before I did not get to bed till very late. I got up on Tuesday made a stop picked up a nice cold Mountain Dew for Pam when we got to the Jeep. I had already packed a frozen Gatorade as I figured after what might have happened over the previous day it would be a welcome treat when we met up in Fish Creek Canyon.

I arrived at the bridge around 10am. Assessed the water level in the creek below and it was full bank to bank and I estimated about 10 feet deep. Not a good sign for what I knew I was going to encounter up the creek. I packed up called Hank from the Jeep and let him know I was heading in and what the conditions would be like and that I would be in touch with him around 230 pm.

After backtracking several times due to high water, cliffing out or dense vegetation I made it in about 2 miles in just under 2 hours and 30 min. I hit a point where I said it was time to take a break make a few audible calls for Pam and then head back to the bridge and check in with Hank again to see if Pam called from Rogers.

I made my way back to the Jeep loaded my gear and was going to hitch a ride from someone heading in the Tortilla direction to move Pam's car here in case she made it out this way while I was riding over to Rogers.

I was looking at the cars descending to the bridge and I saw Ford Escape. I was hey that looks like Pam. Wow it is Pam. We talked she gave me the cliff note version of the trip and we decided hot food at the Canyon Lake Marina Restaurant was a good idea and headed there for lunch. Pam recounted the trip to me and we enjoyed a good meal.

Happy Pam was safe I departed the Marina and headed home. The hike was nice and challenging but the reward at the end was even better.
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Light
_____________________
"I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts."
HAZ Member
BEEBEE's
134 Photosets

  2014-01-18
  2013-12-24
  2013-12-16
  2013-11-16
  2013-09-14
  2013-07-28
  2013-07-07
  2013-06-22
  2013-06-03
  2013-05-07
  2013-04-22
  2013-04-09
  2013-01-29
  2013-01-21
  2012-12-17
  2012-12-11
  2012-12-01
  2012-11-27
  2012-11-20
  2012-09-11
1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7  
help comment issue

end of page marker