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Canyon of the Waterfalls & Massacre Falls, AZ
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Canyon of the Waterfalls & Massacre Falls, AZ 
Canyon of the Waterfalls & Massacre Falls, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.40 Miles 2,450 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   2.20 mph
2,450 ft AEG   2 Hrs   21 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Tracie and I were looking for a hike to do today and decided on checking out a couple of waterfalls in the Supes. I had thought about going to the Goldfields and doing the Peak 3108 Ridgeline, North Bulldog Ridge, and Peak 3004; but I figured that the peaks would be there another time but water in the waterfalls might not.

We started at the Crosscut TH, and took the Crosscut Trail #58 to the Treasure Loop Trail #56, and wound up just west of Praying Hands. Then we went to Praying Hands and continued about 1/4 mile east and then went up the Canyon of the Waterfalls. I had been in the canyon a couple of times but had never seen any waterfalls -- the only water that I had seen there was a couple of small pools of stagnant water. But today was different -- there were 3 or 4 waterfalls, including the big waterfall up in the canyon. After checking out the falls, instead of dropping back down the canyon and going over to Massacre Falls, we decided to continue up the canyon on one of the Reverse Flatiron routes and make our way over to ridge down below Peak 5024. From there we went down up and over Peak 3903 down to Massacre Falls.

When we were down below Peak 5024, I thought about heading up there -- we were at 4,000' at that point, so we only had 1,000' to go. But there was quite a bit of slushy snow on the ground, along with some slippery mud; and since we'd be going up 1,000' in less than 1/2 mile, we decided against it.

It was a fairly easy trek down to the top of Massacre Falls, but the way down below the falls wasn't as easy as I thought. We first went east of the falls, but the way down from there was not all that great, partly because some of the rocks were wet and slippery. So we decided to go up and down a hill west of the falls, and that turned out to be a painless way to go down.

This was my first trip to Massacre Falls, and there was a good bit of water flowing over the falls -- probably not as much as the past weekend, but it was still a good bit of water.

We left Massacre Falls just in time -- just as we left we met 6 horseback riders going to the falls. Six horses, two dogs, and 15 people in a 20X20 area is not my cup of tea, so I am glad that we were out of there!

here is a video of the waterflow in the canyon of the waterfalls: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO ... E3dzJhVFpR

here is a video of massacre falls:
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO ... E3dzJhVFpR
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