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Willow Springs Canyon LowerPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 26 2017
Steph_and_Blake
Canyoneering2.40 Miles 175 AEG
Canyoneering2.40 Miles   4 Hrs      0.60 mph
175 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Blake and I and two dear friends, Paula and Joe, had been out Willow Springs Canyon earlier this year in search of Triple Arch. At the time we wondered if Willow Springs makes it all the way to Saguaro Lake. Google maps quickly confirmed our suspicion. This time during the drive out we were really amazed at the flood level and amount of debris and with the trees that had been completely ripped out - roots and all. It would have been cool to have been high up (and safe) on the canyon walls during the storm that produced that flood!

The hike was fun and easy (the exception being the slog through occasional stretches of sand and gravel). The one spot where down/up-climbing is required wasn't difficult, but partner-assists were helpful for the shorter folks in our group. The section could be avoided by going far to the right side of the canyon, but would, at least when we were there, mean hiking down into some really murky water of an unknown depth for about 15 yards.

When we got to Saguaro Lake we were pleased to see how clear the water was and enjoyed the shade. Now we're wondering about reaching the same spot via boat.....
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