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First Water Creek OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2021
rayhuston
Hiking4.35 Miles 1,528 AEG
Hiking4.35 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   1.59 mph
1,528 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
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I was busy Saturday and all morning Sunday so I didn't have time for a hike until Sunday afternoon. Not having a plan and knowing that all of my favorite places would be overrun by mobs, I decided to link up the rest of the First Water Creek Overlook trail that I started from the north end a few weeks back. The southern end starts at the Little Four Peaks trailhead, my third trip here in the last four weeks.

By the time I made it to the trailhead, it was already 2:00 so I didn't have much time to do little more than an out and back. While not much, some sections of the trail have enormous views. Plus it's a great workout suitable for just about anyone willing to huff and puff a little. A fairly well defined trail with plenty of cairns made it easy to follow throughout.

Following the Little Four Peaks trail in the clockwise direction, the overlook trail departs from L4P trail and veers north uphill towards a saddle. Up and over the saddle, I followed the trail until I reached my turnaround point from 12/12/20. I continued on farther to get some extra steps. I was following cairns instead of periodically checking the route so I missed an opportunity to visit the actual overlook until the way back when the creek was in shadows. No worries, the views were still outstanding.

On the way out, I took a cholla break to ply out a ball that attached itself to my left calf. On the way back, I made sure to get up to the overlook and took a longer break there. The views from that perch are some of the best I've seen in the western supes. I will surely be back to check that out again, perhaps when there is actually some water in the creek and the creek is not in shadows.

The weather was gorgeous. Not a cloud in the sky with temps in the mid-70's. I didn't see another person during my trek. The parking area across the road is coned off by SRP so I parked in the little cutout right at the start of the trail. There are several large crates of what appear to be water jugs, but I may be wrong.
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