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First Water Canyon, AZ
mini location map2020-09-19
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First Water Canyon, AZ 
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I wanted to go down into First Water Canyon off the 88 to see how it's looking in these dry times. I also wanted to see the sunrise on the cool overlook hill nearby.

The California wildfire smoke is still dominating the skies, so no vibrant sunrise. I drove up the "road" to the base of the overlook hill and waited for the sunrise. I took a few pictures once the Tatooine looking sun rose and a few more of the vista. Then, I hopped in the truck and drove back down to the 88 to start my hike down to the canyon.

Lot of people heading to the lake towing boats and tons of motorcycles zooming around. The trail is pretty easy to follow once you locate it. The hike down was the same as always, but I cannot help but notice all of the tall grasses that dominate the hike now. Parts of it looked like a hay covered barn.

I made it down to the canyon and started down for my exploration. This canyon is very scenic. It was dry as a bone, but you can see that some serious water has flowed down here over time. I did see one pool still holding on. Lot's of critter tracks in this area too. The erosion formations are really interesting. I hiked for about 20 minutes and reached the first steep falls area and decided to NOT hike around it and all the catclaw and nastiness it would entail. So, I did a turn around and started heading for the confluence with Canyon Lake.

There were some kayakers nearby when I made it to the end. The only people I saw all day. Always a nice scenic area to visit with the cottonwood and cactus combo at the end.

I hiked back out and called it a day. Some easy hiking and some excellent scenery.
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