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Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 19 2008
cerebellum
Canyoneering13.00 Miles 700 AEG
Canyoneering13.00 Miles1 Day   11 Hrs   30 Mns   
700 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
IV - Long, full day, bivy possible
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
We did the complete loop, starting from the Tortilla Flats trailhead (SR213). We start the hike around 8:30 am. The service road is just for lifted 4X4s with skid plates, so we decided to park at the trailhead. The first part of the trail up to J.F. Trailhead was easy and enjoyable. Flower were blooming everywhere and the mountains were gorgeous. From the gate, where the wilderness starts the trail is not visible so our advice will be to keep the left side of the barbwire fence till you reach the second gate. From here is a fair hike to the creek. Lots of cactus on the trail. The trail is marked with rock piles so even without a GPS is easy to follow. Lost a lot of time on the trail taking hundreds of pictures. We reached the creek, next to the Lost Dutchman Canyon around 12pm. We left our backpack at the river and hiked upstream for an hour. Gorgeous. The hike back in the Fish Creek Canyon started good, even though you get a little tired jumping from rock to rock. We thought that will be an easy hike back to the bridge. Well....we were wrong. The fist part of the canyon is nice, not requiring any scramble. The creek was great, clean with plenty water. We stopped at the cave, for couple of minutes to enjoy the beauty of it. As far we went in the canyon as more scrambling was required. We thought that will be a trail or at least trail marks. The GPS is not working right in the canyon so we decided to trust our instincts. We had to get wet in two places. Water was cold, but I have to tell you that felt great. We tried to keep our boots dry so we hanged them on the backpacks. Big mistake. The river rocks were slippery, and hard on our feet. We reached the bridge after more scrambling around 6pm. From here, back to the cars, the Apache trail looked like the road from hell. We made the 2.5 miles in 1.5 hours and we got at the cars when was dark. You will need all your skills, knowledge and abilities to complete this difficult, seldom completed loop.

DON'T forget to bring plenty of water, or you will have to enjoy the water from the creek. I have to honest with you, the water from the creek taste great when you're thirsty.

Our hike was done by three kids, one boy and two girls, with ages of 6,8 and 10. If they did it don't think that anybody can do it.
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