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Peter's CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 19 2015
John9L
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
 
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Claire and I were looking for a moderate hike in the Supes before the summer heat sets in. I stumbled onto this hike when searching HAZ and it turned out to be the perfect choice.

We drove up on Sunday morning and parked in the overflow lot at Tortilla Flat. The first half mile winds through the desert and you have to avoid a variety of cacti. We both had to pull out cactus needles. From there you drop into the creek bed and make your way up canyon. We eventually hit a large rock fall that reminded us of Goldstrike Canyon. We took our time and looked for the best route. This was a really fun section!

The next section was the flat and smooth rock where we made good time and also saw a Gila Monster. We continued on and pushed all the way to Peter’s Cave. There is a modest scramble to reach the cave. We took our lunch and enjoyed the shade. From there we dropped back into the creek bed and made the return as the heat picked up. We stopped at Tortilla Flat for a drink and then returned to Phoenix.

This was a really fun “hike”. The Canyoneering is fun but never overwhelming. Long pants are ideal but we both wore shorts and were fine. There were a few swimming holes but only the first one was ideal. Most of the water has evaporated and the rest of the holes were covered in green muck. Give this area a go if you have a few hours and want something a little different.
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