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Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2017
adilling
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,187 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
1,187 ft AEG
 
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With the rain the past few days and the storm we had last night, I thought that maybe, just maybe, the waterfall at Massacre Falls would be flowing. So, I woke up early and headed to the trailhead. I was encouraged by the light rain falling at my house and the still continuing lightning display to the south.

I got to the trailhead about 515am and started out. The rain had stopped and I did not see any signs of a gully-washer along First Water Road.

The clouds were starting to turn pink and orange and I thought they might explode with color, but the clouds on the horizon kept that at bay.

I have always liked this hike. It starts off easy and gradually climbs up with not too many steep sections. The sun was playing peek-a-boo with the clouds, so the mountains would sometimes glisten in the light and other times be in the shadows.

Still no sign of water along the wash and creek coming down from the mountain. I already knew there would be no water flowing. But, I also knew this would still be a nice hike. Sure enough, when I turned the corner climbing up, no water was a-flowin’.

While I was up there. Wanted to see what the path for the Reverse Flatiron looked like via this trail. I had pre-loaded the “official route” and was going to do a little “re-con” for a future hike up. I followed the gps track up the ridge by the “finger rock” and started surveying the path in front of me. It looked mean and nasty to get up there from this angle. I thought the route I have done in the past, the route Rick Vincent posted going up the drainage past the Treasure Loop was a steep one, but this route did not look like it improved upon that.

Then, I had the bright idea of seeing if I could access the Treasure Loop Trail from atop the Massacre Falls ridge. So, off I went down the back side of the ridge. It seemed like a good idea at the time. It was a rough bushwhack, but I have done worse. I made my way to the trail that seems to actually connect the Massacre Falls Trail to the Treasure Loop. I never knew it existed. Next time, no more “make my own” trails.

The clouds gave way to sunshine and the humidity, which was making me sweat like a sauna all morning, slowed a little as well. A nice way to spend a Sunday morning. Not many hikers out today. I saw one young lady up at the falls and a few more hikers from atop the ridge making their way to the falls.
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