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First Water Lower Creek Shuttle
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First Water Lower Creek ShuttlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering9.83 Miles 1,343 AEG
Canyoneering9.83 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   2.11 mph
1,343 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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Started at the "end" of this hike on SR 88, compared to the hike description, and did it as an out-and-back, rather than a shuttle. Made it to Hackberry Spring before turning around.

The post-monsoon creek was still flowing with a fair amount of water, and the desert was soaking it all up with lots of greenery.

There is a 40-foot mandatory swimmer about .75 from my starting point, and not far past the turn up once arriving at the creek bed.

For a creekbed hike, this one was generally hike friendy--not a lot of big boulder jams to navigate around/through, and the creekbed itself is relatively solid (not tons of loose rock), with several slickrock areas and even a few sandy sections. For the most part, you can hike it a relatively normal hiking pace.

Other than the one swimmer, there were a few other optional swimmers, but with bypasses. With this much water in the creek, it's good to just embrace getting wet and enjoy the ride.

The cloud cover early on made for a spectacular sunrise and some great photo oppportunities.

Enjoyed this one immensely, and didn't see another human the entire time. I did see a fox, but wasn't quick enough on the draw to capture him in photo.
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