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Sick a much more, AZ
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Sick a much more, AZ 
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Canyoneering avatar May 10 2014
chumley
Canyoneering8.14 Miles
Canyoneering8.14 Miles   7 Hrs   39 Mns   1.06 mph
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
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Frankie posted this late last week, and I've always been interested in the area, but never actually been there, despite all the times I've driven by. This is amazing! What a great day!

I thought it would be an intermittent stream, especially given the very dry winter we've had. But it was a riparian wonderland the entire way. I commented that this should be called Granite Creek rather than Sycamore Creek because it was a solid 5-6 miles of granite pools, slots, slides, and swimmers! Wow! How great is this place!?

The amazing thing is that you aren't ever more than a mile from the highway, and you would never know it! There's a couple of spots you can see a guardrail on the hillside above, and sometimes you can hear the loudest of trucks, but being down in the canyon below makes it amazingly isolated, for as close as you really are to civilization.

The first few miles you can stay dry if you want, but it's not worth the effort. The very end features 3 or 4 mandatory swimmers. Which is great by that time. The elevation drop is surprising, if not impressive, over the 6 highway miles from top to bottom. Over 1000 feet. The upper portion is more shaded and moderate grade, while the lower part is more exposed and steeper. The water at the top is 15-20 degrees cooler than at the bottom. It was downright cold at the start, and just pleasant at the end.

This might have been the perfect weather day to do this hike. It hit 92 in Phx, I wouldn't do this if it was over 100 at the airport. We were blessed with a great breeze all afternoon, some places where it was strong enough to blow your hat off. Warm sun, cold water, great breeze. Tough to beat on a water hike like this! :D

After the last swimmer we encountered the first person of the day. He warned us to watch for snakes. Said they come out at this time of day. He was right. I'd rather see a rattler though. Since we were so close to the highway all day, I had left my phone on, and when we got closer to the end, the Grindr app* started a near nonstop alert message. So apparently you'll run into some of that. :o Saw a few more twigs n berries than most hikes I've been on. :scared:

Got back to the truck. Laughed about it all, and drove the 6 miles back to the shuttle vehicle at FR22.

Great day. Thanks Frankie for the idea and plan. Despite the old saggy sacks, this place is too cool to not visit again. :doh:
* No. I don't really have the grindr app. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

dry Boulder Creek Dry Dry
No water flowing into Sycamore from Boulder

dry Colcord Canyon Dry Dry
No water flowing into Sycamore from Colcord

dry Kitty Joe Canyon Dry Dry
No water flowing into Sycamore from Kitty Joe
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