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Peter's CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 18 2009
JoelHazelton
Canyoneering5.50 Miles 500 AEG
Canyoneering5.50 Miles2 Days         
500 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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This was my second time in Peter's Canyon but first time to the cave. My second solo backpack. It was a great trip.

The new hiker's lot at Tortilla Flat is very nice, but there is a "free overnight permit" you must have if you're backpacking. The sign states that it is required, and there is a bin below the sign that is supposed to have them, free to take, but the bin was empty except for some trash. I wandered around Tortilla Flats for a bit, in and out of the shops, looking for someone who might know something about this. Nobody looked like they would know, not to mention it was extremely busy and I didn't feel like bothering anyone or waiting in any sort of line, so I just sribbled "Overnight Permit; there are none in the bin at the trailhead" on a piece of paper and taped it to the inside of my windshield. This seemed to work, as my car wasn't towed when I got back today.

There is still plenty of water in Peter's Canyon-more than I expected. I averaged a bit over 1 mph working my way upstream. I set up camp at the cave and spent the rest of the day wandering and taking pictures. That night, I had trouble sleeping and listened to a Coast to Coast AM podcast and then read about 60 pages of Desert Solitaire. Eventually I fell asleep to some music on my ipod... The inconsistent "drip" of the small seep in the cave was making it difficult to sleep and I wanted to drown it out with something. Repetitive noises help me sleep, but the dripping was definitely not repetitive enough to lull me to sleep.

The hike back this morning was quick and uneventful. The trip was relaxing and fun... I could have easily stayed out there a couple more nights.
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