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Lime Creek Cabin - Tonto NFPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2013
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,803 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   1.07 mph
1,803 ft AEG
 
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I hiked part way into Lime Creek on the old ranching trail to check out this area for a possible future back packing destination. My goal was to reach the bottom of the canyon and check for water availability. Got a late start so didn't have a lot of time. It was an overcast day with temperatures just right for a hike. The drive to the unmarked trailhead after turning off of NF24 (Seven Springs Road) was easy but high clearance is recommended. A large almost coal black Javelina sauntered down the road in front of me but disappeared before I could get my camera out - unusual for mid-morning.

The trail starts out following an old jeep trail going up a wash and then leaves the wash to head over the top of the ridge and down into Lime Creek Canyon. The trail is easy to follow and appears to have either been heavily used at one time or has been deeply rutted in some areas by erosion. I did find a rusty broken motorcycle taillight about 2 miles down the trail so maybe frequent motorcycle use sometime in the past caused the deep rutting. Upon reaching the top of the ridge it became evident that I probably wouldn't have enough time to reach the bottom of the canyon. It's a large canyon and a long way down to the creek - an 1820 ft elevation drop. Thick tree growth along the creek indicated that there is most likely a perennial water flow in this middle section of the canyon.

I started the descent down into the canyon. The trail is covered with loose rock most of the way down making it slow going. At my target turn-around time (1:20 PM) I had descended 1144 ft but was still some distance from the creek which was not visible through the trees lining the bank. So I had lunch and lightened my load by caching some water before starting the long slog up the hill. It was soon obvious on the climb out that I need to do a few weeks of vigorous cardio excercise before I attempt to backpack into this canyon. But the vastness of this canyon, the beckoning tree lined creek and the solitude of a seldom visited place make it a worthwhile goal.
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