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Big Dipper - Castle Creek WildernessPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2013
kelraen
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,008 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   5 Hrs      0.64 mph
1,008 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Looking forward to Labor Day weekend, I decided I wanted to try somewhere new. I then did what I always do when I'm looking for an adventure: check out logs on hikeaz. I saw this place and decided to give it a shot! I brought a buddy of mine and we headed out to Bloody Basin road. I had never gone back on this road before, and while the description shows a car as being okay, I wouldn't recommend it, as it would take a LOT longer. Anyways, seeing water on the way in along the road and crashing down the hillsides was a great indicator.

At the trailhead, we headed down and I saw quickly how long down this was. Not too bad really, but definitely a long slog back up. Getting in to the creek, I found the water to be PERFECT! Just refreshing enough to be amazing, but not too cold at all. Probably the best water-temperature/outdoor-temperature mix I've had in a long time :y: . Made our way down and shortly got the waterfall. The pool certainly is a lot smaller than it used to be (based off of the old Pics). At it's deepest it's only about 6 feet deep, so I wouldn't recommend jumping. The rope that used to be there is no more. My buddy wasn't quite as comfortable with the scramble down the rock, but made it mostly unscathed (mostly being the operative word :? ). I'd definitely recommend bringing something to tie off to allow easier access. Not that big of a deal on the way down, but a lot harder getting up. Anyways, enjoyed the falls for a while and then headed down stream to see some other cascades, frogs, tracks I didn't recognize, and some fun little slogs. One thing I'll say about this place, watch where you step! With all the silt in there now, you can easily sink down a foot or two where you thought it looked solid (that's what I did!).

Made our way back up the waterfall (with some difficulty), and then the long hike out. The weather was gorgeous and we hiked in the shade almost all the way up. About 5 hours at a nice leisurely pace and chilling for a while down at the falls.

Overall, I didn't know what to expect with this place. While this waterfall wasn't the most spectacular I've ever seen, nor the biggest, it certainly is one of my favorites now. Something about it just made me feel at home! Definitely want to go back!
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