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Squaw Creek-Houston Creek-Verde River, AZ
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Squaw Creek-Houston Creek-Verde River, AZ 
Squaw Creek-Houston Creek-Verde River, AZ
Hiking4.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
600 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
1st trip
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From I-17; Bloody Basin Road to Forest Road 16 is 26.2 miles. North on 16 to Forest Road 565 is about 18.7 miles. 565 dead ends with a "No Motorized Vehicles" sign about 0.3 miles down.... just east past the sign, you will see what appears to be a 2 car parking spot, thats the start of the "trail" that will meander north down and up and then east on a ridgeline to Houston Creek. There was a cairn on the south side which goes south, which drops into Squaw Creek and probably to Squaw Butte.

We learned about the actual trail route on the return flight, instead, we ventured straight EAST and routed a path down to the unnamed creek on the north side. From here Carlos and I split up, he took the high road and traversed up to the known path we mapped on google earth, I decided to follow the creek, water was flowing and it drained into the Verde, we would connect at our final destination, the Verde River (he beat me by 15 minutes).

The unknown creek drained into Squaw Creek which drained into Houston Creek. At times I encountered some cairns and various "paths" or trails. The sound of water flowing along the creek, with numerous baby waterfalls and pools was very soothing.

At times the creek(s) ledged with a waterfall, and smallish pool to below and had to re-route. Did not filter, water was tasty.

The habitat was amazing, cant even think of a comparative trek but if I had to...perhaps Grapevine Creek "like" (Big Bug Mesa)...for over 1.5 miles it was a little slice of heaven. Definitely have to return for a backpack and bag and tag Squaw Butte as a part of said backpack.

Got to the Verde as Carlos was setting up a big cairn (we will be exiting the Verde here April 2016 packraft/backpack trip). The water was flowing very fast. The dog swam in the icy cold water to hello. We noshed and I followed his route back to the car.
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"Before there was a trail..... there was no trail"

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