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2018-09-09  
FS 242 & Pinto Creek Canyon, AZ
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FS 242 & Pinto Creek Canyon, AZ 
FS 242 & Pinto Creek Canyon, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Sep 09 2018
KBKB
Canyoneering5.90 Miles 853 AEG
Canyoneering5.90 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.81 mph
853 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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I'd been wanting to hike Pinto Creek Canyon for a while. An easy hike appealed to my wife also, so we decided to take a look.

We ended up parking in Blevins Wash, which was pretty close to the destination to which Google Maps routed us. But that wasn't right because we were still about two miles away from the Trailhead. But, at the time, not knowing this, we got out and started hiking FS 242 towards Pinto Creek. There was a long uphill and then a long downhill. It's quite scenic - I didn't mind walking this road.

When we eventually reached Pinto Creek, the day had warmed up substantially, so we didn't spend much time there. The creek is mostly dry now, so the hike in the creek consisted mainly of working our way around rocks and over or under deadfall. There were occasional slick muddy sections and also occasional pools of stagnant water. We didn't see any running water. There wasn't really enough water there for me to want to get my feet wet, mostly because it was stagnant and/or muddy. With some care, it was possible to work around the wet sections.

After exploring a bit of the creek, I had my wife start back up the road towards our vehicle. I hiked FS 242 in the other direction. It eventually dipped back into the creek, so at that point, I reentered the creek and made my way back to the section of FS 242 that we came in on.

It was a so-so hike. I'm sure that the creek is much more pleasant when it has flowing water.
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