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Deer Creek 45 - South Fork 46 Loop, AZ
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Deer Creek 45 - South Fork 46 Loop, AZ 
Deer Creek 45 - South Fork 46 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2016
joebartels
Hiking19.64 Miles 3,974 AEG
Hiking19.64 Miles   11 Hrs      1.92 mph
3,974 ft AEG      45 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Last traveled South Fork 7 years ago with a HAZ group of six. We went up South Fork and down Gold Ridge. It was a mess going up and a highway coming down.

Hit Deer Creek first so we could adjust as needed. It has received a lot of maintenance since the nightmare triplogs surfaced after the Willow Fire of 2004. I'd imagine any avid Arizona hiker would enjoy this trail. Alaskan & Colorado wanderlusts will yawn but this is pretty impressive 45 minutes from Fountain Hills. Our record Feb temps had the creek roaring like a river a good month earlier than typical.

The top half of South Fork was a mess in 2009 and it's arguably worse now. Trail or no trail, Deer Creek has a more majestic feel and towering views. Several vehicles upon arrival and more leaving. Some were hunters. We only passed one group lounging nearing the creek in South Fork.

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Deer Creek / Canyon - Mazatzal Wilderness Heavy flow Heavy flow
more of a river than a creek

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Pigeon Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
catch was full with an inch of ice on top

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 South Fork Deer Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow
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