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Gordon Creek FallsPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2013
kingsnake
Hiking4.95 Miles 595 AEG
Hiking4.95 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   2.52 mph
595 ft AEG
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After our picnic at Woods Canyon Vista, we drove down to the Gordon Creek trailhead, a few minutes away on Colcord Rd, as I wanted to put in a few more miles. Passed a fire engine and ambulance coming out as we approached the trailhead. Hoped that was not bad joo-joo.

A lot of the old wreck has disappeared in the two years since WilliamnWendi last photographed it. :| I popped my knee crawling inside looking for a VIN. :doh: I kept walking.

If there were a gate that let you in, the first mile of the jeep trail would be drivable in a street car. Very benign surface.

The same two white, and two brown, horses were there, and very mellow. I actually only saw three of them, at first, and as I turned to walk away, the other white one started walking up behind me, like he wanted to be petted. I wished I had some carrots. :sorrry: Make sure you bring some if you do the hike.

I was not holding out a lot of hope for water at the falls, as the first mile and a half, maybe more, was bone dry.

After the hunting blind, the jeep trail ended, and it was wash walking to the falls. I noticed scattered crawfish parts in many locations. The first time was near the hunting blind, so I assumed the hunters decided to eat fish instead of venison, but after I saw more, I figured it was a critter. There were no beaver dams, so maybe raccoon? Black bear? :-k

The last half mile or so to the falls, there was a lot of dead fall on the nearby slopes. The creek also had occasional puddles. No moving water though. In fact, the pool at the top of the falls appeared to be moving slightly backward. (Probably because of breeze.) Barely a trickle leaked over the falls. Such a small amount of water that slime had formed on the surface of the pond at the bottom of the falls. (That there was a pond at all was shocking; perhaps it is spring fed.)

On the way out, I stumbled on a rock and cursed, loudly, only to look up and see a couple approaching on the other side of the creek. :whistle: We chatted for a bit, me telling them not to expect much from the falls.

Not to long after I passed back by the horses, I met a family. The little boy asked me "what are those?" referring to my hiking sticks. I said, "Because I am old and tired." ;)
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