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Del Shay - Gun Creek Loop, AZ
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Del Shay - Gun Creek Loop, AZ 
Del Shay - Gun Creek Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking15.29 Miles 3,189 AEG
Hiking15.29 Miles   10 Hrs   25 Mns   1.71 mph
3,189 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Joe picked an area neither of us has been to before. Located East of Jakes Corner and South of Gisela, he put together a loop that let us explore Gun Creek.

First, if you go to this area to do this or the Del Shay trail, either call to get permission access or just park off FR1446 and follow the powerline to Tonto Creek. We parked up by the gate for the PP and skirted south, then east to bypass the property. Not a pleasant route.

The temps were in the high 20's on the way in. Not the ideal temps for a mandatory Tonto Creek crossing. Joe went first through the cold swift water, it was crotch deep for him. He made it with minor whining.

How to cross Tonto Creek :next: https://youtube.com ... ByeA

I went next, and it was waist deep for me. I was 1 step away from making the shore, when I hit a hole an fell flat on my face in the water. Luckily the sun was out by now and after taking my long shirt off it wasn't too bad as long as we kept moving.

We followed the Del Shay Trail for a bit before we went off trail and climbed to FR894 using trails created by our bovine friends. 6-1/2 miles in and we're finally to Gun Creek. It was flowing much stronger than we anticipated. This would mean instead of being able to just follow the 3.3 mile creek, we'd have numerous crossings and bypasses that would add more than a mile and take 4.5 hours to negotiate. What a pretty area though...

Gun Creek Video :next: https://youtube.com ... t=vd

At one bypass we finally just decided to keep going up and out of the creek. We hopped on the Del Shay to make our way back to Tonto Creek for an uneventful crossing back to the truck.

A long, tough, but enjoyable day...
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Gun Creek @ FR 894 Medium flow Medium flow
Plenty of cool clean water

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Rye Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Cool to cold, flowing strong

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Tonto @ Rye Confluence Medium flow Medium flow
Knee to waist deep, depending on your crossing choice.
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