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Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2014
cdeperro
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,187 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
1,187 ft AEG
 
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I first tried out this hike in December of 2007, on a Sunday after a rainy Saturday. Given the almost-hurricane that went through here yesterday, I thought this would be a good day to try again, especially because I don't think it hit 90. I was right too! The falls were flowing very nicely, just like when I first saw them in 2007. And there was only one car at the trailhead other than mine, at about 1:00pm.

What was different was the trailhead (and I was aware, I do read HikeArizona.COM!). I parked at the Crosscut Trailhead which does have a sign for Massacre Grounds, but trying to find where to cross the large wash from the trailhead was not easy...due to the large volume of water I'm sure that went through it 24 hours earlier. There were no paths or footprints to follow. Fortunately, I did find it, mostly because I knew I should be heading toward the Spire, as I call it, but I think noted as "2636" for the elevation on most topo maps. The new trail, leading to the old trailhead, was not hard to follow.

It was almost a mile to the old trailhead, so this hike now is 2 miles longer round trip than it used to be. But it's such a gorgeous area. The new portion is routed through some lovely cholla and other outstanding specimens of desert flora. The old trailhead was familiar, and you still have to use the old opening in the barbed wire to continue on.

It was very evident right away that there had been plenty of water. Many portions of the trail had small channels, as well as many wet crossings, particularly past the Spire. It just excited me though!

I had forgotten this trail climbed 1100-1200' or so. It was in the 80's but more humid, and I was sweating. But still alone on the trail. After the slog up above a small lower fall, the views opened up back to Four Peaks, and to the top of Weaver's Needle, and the wall where Massacre Falls is located. Hooray! I could see it flowing in zoom. I realized I still had a good bit more of uphill...sometimes wet...and watch for the cairns here, they are useful. But I made it to the Massacre Grounds overlook, then veered off to the right to a fairly easy to follow path up to the falls, which hugs the left wall until you're literally at the cliff. Had it all to myself, and there was a good flow plus a weeping wall to its left.

I spent about 15 minutes there then started back. Before I even got to the Massacre Grounds overlook, I finally saw two other hikers trying to get to the falls. I waved at them and they found their way to my path and went to enjoy the falls themselves.

I made good time downhill (though the route can be trickier to follow downhill, as I found out). A very nice hike, one that would also be nice for the views whether or not there was water.
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