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Tortilla Creek - Lower LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2008
kanode
Hiking6.60 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.47 mph
700 ft AEG
 
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An exploratory hike from Peters trailhead north along Tortila Creek to find the fastest and easiest route from FR 213 down to the creekbed. We verified 4 routes.
- Using the Peter's trailhead
It's way south if your plan is to explore north and west.

- From the main site of the old ranch
It's a little farther north and is very easy. Just head SW from the large concrete slab toward two sets of concrete steps and house-slab. You're in the creekbed within a few minutes and no blood. There is tall grass.

- An old horse route down the north side of the largest butte along this section of the creek.
The slope is gentle and you'll see intermittent signs of an old horse trail down to the bottomland. Unfortunately the bottom land is very brushy. It's best to wait before you turn towards the creek. The brush gets thinner farther on but it's probably impossible to avoid scratches.

- Approaching Mescal Pit Spring
There's a small saddle on the north side of the creek about 0.4 miles SE of Mescal Pit Spring. Unfortunately, there's a thicket of trees maybe 50' deep lining the creekbed that you have to get through first. The lower section of the hillside is somewhat steep and loose--it's not much of a problem when headed up but could be difficult when headed down or after a rain. Our route isn't definitive--we probably could have stayed somewhat lower on the hill.
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