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Workman Creek, AZ
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Workman Creek, AZ 
Workman Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2017
MountainMatt
Hiking4.61 Miles 682 AEG
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682 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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Wanted to check out Workman Creek since according to the HAZ Autumn foliage history seemed to be prime during this time period.
I started my hike at Workman Falls and wanted to stretch my legs before taking photos in the canyon and saw the "Peterson TH" on the topo which was not far away, I now understand this is now called Abbey's Way Trail.

An old friend of mine told me about a ranch site up there with an apple orchard which I didn't pay any mind to at the time of our conversation because I thought it was out of the way of my original plan but soon realized I was heading straight for the "Ancient Aztec Apple Orchard".

I've read it's overgrown above the ranch site but it doesn't look like anyone from HAZ has been in 2017 and it appears to me the trail got even worse and was definitely not dog friendly.
Vines, brush and tall grass made the trail nearly nonexistent in most areas and with 300ft to go with no real motivation to go up top I decided to retreat and go round up my hearty apple cache.

I made it back down just in time because this Autumn sun is slowly transitioning into a Winter sunset and is already setting faster than ever, especially in the tucked away bottom of Workman Creek.

I drove the full length of the the Globe-Young Highway for the first time and looped it back up to the rim country in time for a Halloween party!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Workman Creek and some of the other drainages had great amounts of color but a lot of it is spaced out, only a few dense groves.

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Light flow above and at the falls, best flow around the old falls campground and flowing water trickles out around the old cascade campground.
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