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2021-05-08  
2020-10-12  
Near Waterwheel, AZ
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Near Waterwheel, AZ 
Near Waterwheel, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 08 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking5.20 Miles 892 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   7 Hrs   3 Mns   0.90 mph
892 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break
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The day started when we went to set up camp, then realized whoever just left hadn’t fully put out their fire! We drowned it in water, then set out on our adventure. This area and I have a bit of history, so I’d altered our route to minimize brutal canyoneering bushwhacking. However, our campsite wasn’t THAT far from the drop in point I’d pinned, and I saw a social trail heading into the canyon. I made the call to just drop down from camp and walk back on the road a bit at the end.

Well, I definitely miscalculated how much canyon I was adding to our adventure... oops! :sweat: I’d told James his feet might not even get wet and it was going to be fairly short/easy. :sorry: The drop in had lots of loose dirt but was otherwise totally fine, minimal bushwhacking and easy route finding. I’d forgotten just how brutal and slow moving this canyon is, especially after it crosses over the Wilderness boundary...

Pretty soon after dropping in, we had to get wet, oooops! I figured the water level would be a bit lower, but nope, we had waist deep water and some swimming. We hadn’t even used dry bags so we had to move more carefully to avoid damaging our gear. (We both did have stuff in ziplocks though). Basically you need to choose between bushwhacking in poison ivy or through the water, which is super slippery and filled with little mini waterfalls to maneuver over. We also had two sections of narrows to wade (swim for me!) through before finally approaching our destination.

So I’m feeling pretty exhausted at this point and really ready to chill at the waterfall. Somehow I got ahead of James for literally maybe FIVE minutes and I’m just rock hopping along happy to be not bushwhacking for a minute when I hear a very recognizable noise. I’m mid hop, and I realize there is a rattlesnake below me. :scared: I was just so surprised and scared from jumping right over it that I just totally freaked out. James did manage to get a pic though! James takes the lead again only to walk less than 100 feet and yells for me to come look, hurry! Another snake was right there and I saw the striping on it, and jumped back and screamed because I thought it was a coral snake; it turned out it was only a king snake. Having two snakes so close was a bit unnerving to say the least!

We continued on and finally arrived at our destination. After taking some photos, we relaxed and took a long break. It was a bit too cold/shaded in that section for swimming. I absolutely love this waterfall and especially its seclusion. It was time to finally hike out, taking the drainage back up to the road. There was a lotttt of uphill getting out, but it’s not the worst exit I’ve ever done. We connected with the road and only had to walk a minimal amount to get back to camp! Those road miles go way faster than the canyon miles. Another fun adventure in one of my favorite areas!
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