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Houston Creek, AZ
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Houston Creek, AZ 
Houston Creek, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Sep 17 2017
MountainMatt
Canyoneering4.23 Miles 917 AEG
Canyoneering4.23 Miles
917 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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This was originally supposed to be a Tonto Creek trip via the "Bifrost Special" but I now question his sanity when driving his supposedly stock 4Runner. ;)
We both took one look at FR 454 with its basketball sized boulders and thousand feet of drop and decided to switch up the plans and check out Houston Creek instead.

We departed on a route that I scouted previously that turned out to be not much of a trail at all but a dead end madness in one gnarly drainage.
After exerting a lot of energy avoiding our first fifty foot dry fall we were met with yet again another fifty foot dry fall literally within a stones throw from the clear gentle flowing waters of Houston Creek.

The "AZ Big 3" (manzanita, scrub oak & catsclaw) trail defenders densely lined the slopes of the entire canyon and we were also blocked by more cliffs since that area is so pristinely rugged.
After all that effort we retreated back up and passed the same quiet young black rattlesnake resting in the same spot of the drainage.

Drove to the spot I entered HC my first visit and while descending a drainage Joel and I came way too close to not one but two high powered rifle shots as small herd of elk darted out in front of us!
We immediately yelled and made the hunters aware of our prescence and I jokingly said I'll be sporting an orange vest the remainder of hunting season.
We hung out at "Pink Panther Falls" for photos and I ventured a bit further downstream to confirm this canyons beauty and perennial flow which were a big yes on the checklist!

***Fun Fact-
I was recently given a top of the line heart rate monitor and I've been testing it out the past month and during this short but intense hike I clocked up 3.6 thousands calories burned!
Which is much more than I've burned doing hardcore crossfit, powerlifting, bodybuilding and circuit training workouts since I've had this device.
Which just goes to show that backcountry bushwashwacking in the AZ Wilderness is the king of full body exercise!
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