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Geronimo CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking4.36 Miles 1,065 AEG
Hiking4.36 Miles
1,065 ft AEG
 
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Becky and I set out for a NYD hike with plans to visit Peter. Tortilla creek was raging so we opted to check out Geronimo head instead. As we neared the ridge before Geronimo canyon, we started to hear the sounds of gushing water. Much to our surprise, Geronimo was flowing heavily! :y: We aborted plans again and opted to head down the canyon. This is one of the most challenging canyons we have navigated through as you spend most of your time bouldering, down climbing, waist-chest deep in bushes or twisting your way through catclaw. The continuous waterfalls and geology made it well worth the effort!

I had remembered reading about Geronimo becoming a technical canyon at some point and figured it was a short canyon so worse case scenario - we'd just backtrack. We encountered the first rap site towards the bottom. This was easily navigated around by going up and to the left with a bit of a sketchy down climb on the other side. Of course, we meandered our way back upstream to catch what we had missed! :D

The second major rap site was stunning! Probably the biggest fall I have seen in the Supes so far. We guesstimated at least 50ft+ (later read that it was 70!) This one proved much harder to navigate around as the canyon clipped into the abyss. We stayed high to the right and took a ledge around to the right which we used to drop into a side canyon. The side canyon was in no way enjoyable as it was slippery rocks and pokey bushes with hidden cacti....The slot canyon at the bottom of that fall was beautiful. We made our way back down to tortilla flats. A VERY slow moving canyon given all of the obstacles but tons of fun! Would not recommend unless you thoroughly enjoy type 2/3 fun - bushwhacking, down climbing, bendy catclaw avoidance strategies, etc. All in all, a great way to welcome the New Year!
 
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