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2016-04-04  
Upa Creek, AZ
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Upa Creek, AZ 
Upa Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2016
AZLumberjack
Hiking4.66 Miles 669 AEG
Hiking4.66 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.77 mph
669 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
After being diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis and beginning to work out the pain, I wanted to take a short hike keeping the difficulty level low, so I headed for First Water TH and headed down the trail. I veered off on the Second Water trail keeping a slow pace and concentrating on the nice weather and the quiet. As I approached the unnamed wash where the trail goes uphill to Garden Valley, I left the trail and continued up the wash.

I wasn't too sure how far I was going to go but I just kept working my way through the wash, through some boulders and patches of brush. As I continued on, I was seeing fewer footprints in the sand so there aren't too many hikers heading up here. The dry wash was easy to follow and presented some nice scenery as I continued on up, occasionally I had to detour around a deep, water-filled hole but was able to get back to the wash quickly.

I knew the wash would cross the Dutchman Trail (104) somewhere around Parker Pass so after going far enough, I kept heading for the pass, and sure enough I exited the wash just short of the Parker. I took a short break and inventoried my knees and foot and everything was working fine with only slight pain so I headed back to the Trailhead. Overall, it was an enjoyable bushwhack up a Creek with no name.... so now I call it "Upa Creek" :D and I didn't even need a paddle :lol:
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Fauna
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lots of Globe-Mallow mixed with small white daisy-like flowers. Hedgehog are blooming everywhere while other cacti are still waiting.

dry First Water Creek - Upper Turnoff Dry Dry
No water up here either. Some green pools along the way.

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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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