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First Water Lower Creek ShuttlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2013
outdoor_lover
Hiking5.75 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.15 mph
300 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Brian had a rare day off and wanted to Hike. Since my Hike yesterday got cancelled, I set up a plan. Been wanting to do this one for awhile, and since there were two of us, we could actually go ahead and set up the Shuttle... :) Besides, with the heat, we were hoping to find a good swimming hole... :D Well.... :sweat:

We got the Shuttle set up and took off from the Horse Lot. Got down to First Water Creek in good time and found quite a bit of Water still. It was just a Trickle, but lots of nice, clear Pools. Got around to the Spring and took a small break, just enjoying the morning and the deep shade. Continued on basically following the Garden Valley Loop Trail until it was time to hit the Creek full time. In this upper section there was lots of cool Slick Rock areas with trickling Water Flows.

And then the Boulder Hopping began in earnest, but we still made good time. Started getting pretty warm out and then the Water basically disappeared. Encountered a few deeper Pools from time to time, but they were pretty green and stagnant. As the Canyon started to narrow, we were hoping to find a little more Water, but basically it just didn't happen. Then the Canyon tightened up some more and the Boulders got much bigger and we had to slow down some and find a way around some spots. Took a Lunch Break under a huge Boulder Overhang with some nice shade. By now, it was getting really warm. That was going to change.... :sweat:

Finally hit THE SPOT.... :sweat: You either turn around here and go back the way you came, or you get wet. We weren't turning around after being almost 5 miles in. Brian went first (can you say "Guinea Pig"? :sl: ) The Water was chest high on him, so I was beginning to wonder if I was literally going to have to swim... :sweat: Waterproofed the Camera as best I could, and Brian came back and stuck my pack over his head, as he could "wade" through. The deepest spot was just about Neck high on me... :sweat: The Water was a little chilly, but felt pretty good actually. It was not a "prime swimming hole" by any means, but the Water wasn't green and nasty either, so it was good! :)

After regrouping a bit, we continued on, going around, up and over more large Boulders and then it opened up a little and we hit the bailout point. It's a pretty nice little Trail going up that Canyon to the vehicle... :) Got to Brian's car and went back to the Horse Lot and got mine. Then it was time for Margaritas and Mexican at La Casita in AJ.

It was a good Hike, but probably won't do this one so late in the season again. It was too late. This would have been much better with more Water Flow throughout, we missed it probably by a month. You just have to time it right to where there's good Water, but since you're going to get wet, you don't freeze your :pk: off. This was probably awesome in March, first part of April.... :) Will keep this one in mind for the future, even if it's just an out and back part of the way... :)
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From First Water Ranch to 1/2 Mile from Canyon Lake. Pools to Trickle from Ranch for about 2 miles down the Canyon, then mostly dry with just a few green stagnant pools, some of which could still be filterable if needed. More, clearer pools with no flow, show up towards the bailout point 1/2 mile from Canyon Lake.

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