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Fish Creek HillPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2020
AZLumberjack
Hiking2.20 Miles 100 AEG
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For the last several days I've been watching the smoke billowing out of the Bush Fire so this morning I took a trip out the Apache Trail (State Hwy 88) to see what I could see. There's a pull-over around mile 206 that offers a nice distant view of Four Peaks so I pulled over for some photos of the smoky mountains.

I was aware that the fire was moving both north and south but it's also traveling east and west as well. From my vantage point, it looked as though the smoke might be almost to the Horse Mesa Dam on the east and close to Saguaro Lake on the west. Four Peaks is completely on fire and if the wind blows right, the mountain is lost in the smoke.

As long as I was out and around (not doing much during this darn quarantine), I decided to continue on to Fish Creek Hill for a look-see, first time there since the last Monsoon season. There was very little traffic at 07:30 so I had the road all to myself and was able to cruise with the windows down and get an occasional whiff of smoke in the air.

There's a no-nonsense barricade across the road at the scenic rest stop at the top of the hill and no one else around. I parked my truck, grabbed my camera and headed down the hill. There are no signs of vehicular traffic on the road, just a couple of bicycle tire marks and some shoe prints but lots of plastic bottles and trash. The old road has some serious washouts and lots of loose rocks and sand where the road surface once was, it was almost like walking in a sandy washout.

I was half a mile down the road when I discovered that my water bottle was still in the truck so I didn't want to go any further as it was quickly warming up. I can only visualize the amount of water rushing down the road during that Monsoon, the guard rails are still along the high sides of the road and must have kept the water from destroying the outside edges.

I'll have to do this again if the weather gives me a break and I remember to bring my water along. I want to see the actual rock closures further down.
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