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Red CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking9.45 Miles 710 AEG
Hiking9.45 Miles   4 Hrs   13 Mns   2.64 mph
710 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
1st trip
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Picked this one out after remembering reading about this creek to the Verde River a few months ago. I figured after out rains this would be suitable for a hike with Luna. The good news is that there was steady, light flow throughout the entire hike except a short section. That bad news is that the roads sucked.

I got a late start and left downtown Phoenix at 9:30. This a long drive so I didn't make it to the trailhead until noon. FR 24 is ok up to 51 Ranch, but after that not so great. FR 269 and FR 18 are much worse. High clearance is a necessity and 4WD probably makes sense to be safe.

The temperature was 90 degrees at the start. I walked in the creek most of the day as did Luna. First in my trail runners, then barefoot and finally in my water shoes most of the day. Luna had fun splashing around in the water and kept cool even though things were on the hot side out of the shade.

Things are really green out here. Much of the hike is downright beautiful under the Sycamores and Cottonwoods. The grand finale is the Verde River which is really flowing. Red Creek Rapids were solid class 3 with a lot of water moving downstream.

I saw 4 UTV's and no hikers all day. Finishing up the temperature was 92 degrees which surprised me as it felt warmer. Although I didn't drive to the creek on FR 18, I think it is doable if you made it the rest of the way.
Wildflower seed in the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again

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