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Agua Fria to Indian Mesa High Tide, AZ
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Agua Fria to Indian Mesa High Tide, AZ 
Agua Fria to Indian Mesa High Tide, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2015
Stoic
Hiking7.56 Miles 1,498 AEG
Hiking7.56 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   2.22 mph
1,498 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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I took the dogs out to the Agua Fria River, with Indian Mesa as a possible destination. The hike started out great. It was an easy path to follow and plenty of water for the dogs to play in. Everything changed around 1.25 miles into the hike. The water levels where to high to continue on the trail. We had to move to higher ground. At this point, I wasn't sure if we where going to make our destination. I didn't want to take the dogs off trail in the middle of the desert. We continued anyway. It took about 2 miles of off trail hiking to get back on track. We then hiked up to Indian Mesa. The ruins and the views where amazing. We hiked around the top then back down. We took a similar trail back to get to the river. We did take a few breaks along the way back. It was getting warm and the terrain was a little rough on my bigger dog. My little dog was unfazed. She finally fell asleep 6 hours after we got home. Overall both dogs did great.
I wouldn't recommend taking dogs off trail here, and I wont do it again. If water levels are low, taking a dog would be fine.
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