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First Water Lower Creek ShuttlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 07 2009
snakemarks
Canyoneering7.25 Miles 300 AEG
Canyoneering7.25 Miles
300 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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I've been curious about this one for a long time. AZLOT69 was kind enough to give me a guided tour.

It starts off easy enough and becomes more complicated as the canyon closes in. The difficulty of this hike is directly dependent on how much water is flowing. Having been here several times, Bruce was amazed at how dry it was now. He had never seen it like this. As a result, it was no problem staying dry until we came to the narrowest part of the canyon.

Going around the bend, the water level was anywhere from waist to chest high with a 10 foot section that was over our heads. The canyon walls are sheer and smooth and there are no handholds... you have to swim it. Everything in my pack was in ziplock bags, but as it was, it would have pulled me under. So, I 'inflated' it to some degree by filling all the bags with air and then I put the whole pack inside a plastic garbage bag to keep it from taking on much water. I pushed it ahead of me while I swam through the deepest section. It worked very well, although it took a while to set up that way. In retrospect, I would suggest an inflatable 'donut' would do the trick much quicker.

The scenery on this hike was just outstanding! Because so much of the creek bed was dry, we were able to see rocks that are nearly always submerged. I thought I had seen every type of rock there is in the Supes, but there were some here that were like no others I've seen before... beautiful orange and white striped boulders. They were in the shade when we passed through that area and photos were hard to get.

It looks like the water level is typically about 6 feet higher and having seen what would be under it, I imagine getting through here could be quite treacherous in fast moving water over submerged boulders. The conditions on this day were about as user-friendly as they could be, but this is not typical for this time of year. Higher waters are a much greater risk here, so this is not a trip to take lightly, as the possibility of having to turn back in the interest of safety when you are almost at the end does exist. I was lucky to have the opportunity to see this. Thanks, Bruce!
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