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First Water Canyon Arizona, AZ
mini location map2021-09-02
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First Water Canyon Arizona, AZ 
First Water Canyon Arizona, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2021
adilling
Hiking2.47 Miles 736 AEG
Hiking2.47 Miles
736 ft AEG
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I was watching how much rain fell over the past few days and decided to hike down to First Water Canyon from Hwy 88 to see if there was any flow along the creek or on the falls.

I have been down here before, following a route posted by @SonoranBob, so I parked at Milepost 208 and down I went. The first thing I noticed was the grass and over-grown foliage. The "trail" was faint the last time I was down there, this time, it has been reclaimed by the "jungle". The second thing I noticed was all of the little butterflies everywhere. I made it down sorta following the "trail", but also along the drainage.

I could tell as I got closer to the creek that there would be no flow. But, there was a day or two ago for sure. Lots of pools and muddy spots. I hiked down to the first little "falls" area. This is a such a cool little canyon, that is for sure. I will have to time it next time after a good soaking. I have yet to actually see the creek flow.

After exploring downstream a little, I made my way up to the confluence with Canyon Lake. The grass was high as I approached the lake. This is a cool area as well. The butterflies were crazy near the inlet.

The hike out was a mission to find an alternative route for the next time. There is a bunch of cairns west of the drainage. I tried to keep as high as possible moving up. There's a little ridge towards the parking area, so I opted to go above that. I had a few deadends, but I think I have found an alternative to get down there. Next time.

A little warm and I was soaked with sweat, but the canyon, the butterflies and the cool clouds made for an excellent couple hours in the desert.
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