|Cienega Creek Pantano Station, AZ|
|Cienega Creek Pantano Station, AZ|| |
Cienega Creek Pantano Station, AZ
|Hiking||3.30 Miles|| 1 Hour 33 Mns ||2.13 mph|
|182 ft AEG|
||no linked trail guides|
|Ginny and I had been out sick for the last week, some kind of cold. After a week in the house we needed to get out and do something not too strenuous. Cienega Creek from Pantano Station to Interstate 10 sounded good, especially after the rains this last week. The only strenuous thing about this hike was trudging through mud in some areas.|
The creek was running pretty good but not enough to hinder travel. Evidence shows that this creek was running 6 feet deep a few days ago. Right from the start we had to do some stream crossing so I figured I would have Ginny jump on my back and I'd carry her across, worked really well. The second time we tried this she jumped on and we both fell over backward. Scrap that idea. We then tried navigating along the side of the creek but the monsoon rains had the grasses at waist high. The route Scout finally had it right, "it's a jungle out there". We finally opted to just walk in the stream as needed, this worked good. Made it to the I-10 Bridge and back tracked a bit to Mescal Creek and walked the .2 miles to the train bridge and old highway 80 (Marsh Station Road). I ran into what I would call slow mud (not quite quicksand), you walk in and before you know it you are sinking, the more you struggle the deeper you go. I ended up falling to my hands and pulled my feet out. It's not a quick sinking but just standing on it you slowly get shorter, I was almost down to Ginny's height. Got out of it and told Ginny, "don't go in there". We headed back the way we came and got back to the start point right at sunset. Besides hawks, buzzards and other birds the only wildlife we saw was a single deer. If you count tracks we saw two turkeys a racoon and a few small cats and one dog. Not exactly what I would call a hike but it was good to get out after a week and do something. Cienega Creek is always a pleasure around sunset.