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Upper Cherry Creek, AZ
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Upper Cherry Creek, AZ 
Upper Cherry Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2016
CannondaleKid
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,171 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.12 mph
1,171 ft AEG      15 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Labor Day Weekend hike #6 of 6:
This was the longest hike of our weekend camping trip, and it sure felt it... not so much for length but being over a thousand feet lower elevation it was over 10 degrees warmer.

We began the hike a short distance off Forest Road 329 just SW of Cow Flat Mountain. We had chosen this area based on the view we had yesterday from Pendleton Mesa, above and across Cherry Creek to the east. What appeared would be a reasonably easy descent in a green grassy area turned out to be a steep slope riddled with cat's-claw and a pretty solid old fence which the only way to pass through was underneath... after digging a bit to provide space to slide through. Once through the fence and another 100 feet of cat's-claw we hit the remnants of an old road which took us the rest of the way down to the creek.

The first thing we encountered was an old fallen-down ranching cabin and other miscellaneous detritus from use long ago. From there we continued south, crossing Cherry Creek back-and-forth a number of times to avoid cliffs on either side. From what I recall creek ran below ground almost as much as on the surface so we didn't have to get wet at all. But then the flow was practically a trickle when we did see it.

We hoped to hike far enough sown the creek to see the huge boulders where we ate lunch yesterday up on Pendleton Mesa, but after 4 miles and many false-alarms we stopped for lunch. I wanted to keep going after lunch but Tracey was feeling the heat already so she stayed there while I continued on.

Not much farther there was a fence with tight vertical slats to keep cattle from passing through but thankfully I was able to squeeze through after taking my pack off. There were 6 skittish cows off to one side so kept away from them and continued.

I almost gave up when I reached the confluence with Ash Creek but figured I'd go just to the next hook in the creek then turn around. It turned out to be just far enough to see the boulders from yesterday.

Ok, mission completed, but sure Tracey would be wondering what happened to me I headed back at a faster pace. When I got to the fence again, I figured with all the old cow-pies on both sides of the fence there had to be a gate. And sure enough, way back in the trees next to the cliffs was a gate so I was through in moments and met up with Tracey shortly after.

The trek back was uneventful and somewhat boring as we had the sun beating on us most of the way. But I'm not complaining because we had a wonderful and VERY secluded 3-day weekend. So nice to not hear or see other people or vehicles (not even an airplane) for almost three days. And about the only 'trash' we encountered was likely 50-100 years old... thankfully Bud Light wasn't around way back then.
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