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Fish Creek Upper Bridge Loop, AZ
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Fish Creek Upper Bridge Loop, AZ 
Fish Creek Upper Bridge Loop, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar Dec 12 2020
BiFrost
Canyoneering12.45 Miles 2,130 AEG
Canyoneering12.45 Miles   6 Hrs   3 Mns   2.24 mph
2,130 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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1st trip
It’s been about 10 years since last time in Fish Creek. Of course, now the road is closed so joined 9L for Upper Fish Creek Loop hike. Starting from Tortilla trailhead we walked road over to the overlook and then headed down the closed part of the road. I was curious to see the road damage first hand and it was interesting to see. We ran into an ADOT employee and some visitors taking pictures of the damage. Finally reached the bridge and headed up Fish Creek canyon.

Fish Creek was really nice and we were about right for fall color. Some flowing water in the creek in places as we made way up canyon. Also, really large house size boulders in the beginning that made for sporty challenge but nothing we couldn’t manage. Still the fall color was the most surprising and unexpected. I always seem to forget how late fall occurs in the low desert. After bouldering for several hours the canyon gets easier but still very scenic. Eventually we stopped for short lunch break near our canyon exit point.

After lunch we followed a route out of Fish Creek which was old trail but hard to follow. The route intersected with JF Trail #106 which we followed to the Tortilla road. We did a quick look up Peters Trail and canyon just to check out that canyon. We were not too motivated to explore so we hiked back to Tortilla Road and hiked that out to the trailhead. Did see a few people on the way near the trailhead but that was it for the whole day.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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