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Mar 08 2020
chumley
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Mesquite Apache, AZ 
Mesquite Apache, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2020
chumley
Hiking2.78 Miles 701 AEG
Hiking2.78 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   1.57 mph
701 ft AEG      1 Min Break
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Wandered into JackRayMarkland looking for water and geology.

Drove down and parked at the ladder. Dropped in and crossed over with hopes of dropping into Mesquite. It was a lot more challenging to find a route down than I had anticipated, but I finally figured it out. A lot of tall grass kept me on my toes avoiding the snakes that were out warming themselves in the spring sun.

In the bottom, pools of water in the bedrock were scenic, but overall there was much less water than expected, and no flow. I went downstream to the old road crossing and cut back one canyon closer to the highway before heading back up to the ladder. It was a fun and scenic couple of hours but would be much more impressive with flowing water.
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Sep 28 2014
CannondaleKid
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70 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Mesquite CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2014
CannondaleKid
Hiking3.80 Miles 552 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   1.53 mph
552 ft AEG      10 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
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After all the rain we wanted to go somewhere close to home yet not too warm, where we would want to ramble about with neither time nor route of importance and hopefully at least s midgen of solitude. Oh, but how can we forget? We must be able to get our feet wet!
:y:

Ok, so let's just drive up along Apache Trail until something lured us in.
Willow Creek or Lower First Water?
No... too much work for a day of leisure.
Canyon Lake area?
No... Solitude? No way!
Tortilla Creek near Tortilla Flat?
Nope, we aren't hearing our name being called yet.

But then as we drove through Mesquite Creek where it was flowing across Apache Trail we thought, hmmmm... let's check this out. It showed enough promise to get us out of the Jeep and go check it out. Nice flow, a place to get our feet wet but for one thing... two people and their two dogs, one a yappy little thing that simply couldn't shut up!
:gun: [-X
So much for solitude. :whistle:
With less than a mile traveled it was time to move on.

Ok, back in the Jeep to drive just a little farther up The Trail where we pulled off the other side of the road and drove down through a mud hole where at least no car was apt to follow.
Aha! Solitude AND water to play in! :y:

Being so close to the road we were very surprised there weren't more people about, but we'll take it when we can. We spent more time wandering in, around and through the creek in both directions until yup, we came across another person. Hey, it's not that we're anti-social, it's that... well, now that I think about it, yup that's exactly what we wanted to be, anti-social.

So again, back to the Jeep and set off again. Yup, we left some of the mud from the tires on the pavement. But not for long... we drove off the other side along an ancient part of the original wagon trail until we hit the dead-end where a bridge used to be long ago, before it was washed out and the current route was created, cutting off a few miles of winding road. (The current route was created by cutting through the high points and using the excavated rock to fill in the low points, leaving us with a nice smooth straight section.)

From there we dropped down, crossed the creek and then on the spur-of-the-moment decided to re-trace the original route. Of course I had shed the lower pant-legs to play in the water, so I would pay for it along the way... getting pretty well scratched up due to the overgrowth of brush along the old route. Ah yes, the wonders of pure aloe to heal the microscopic wounds.

We continued until it just felt like the right time to turn back. By now realizing the growth along the road was of thicker and thornier nature than the surrounding terrain, we would stay off the road on the return trip and reap the benefits of game trails and more open terrain.

Back to the last crossing of the creek at the washed-out bridge site, Tracey looked at this large pool of water and thought it looked so inviting that she felt she had to check it out. But before she dropped in, I mentioned she might want to think about being in wet clothes on the drive back home.

So she took off her shirt and pants and started wading in. She began by rinsing her face and arms off and was just about for actual skinny-dipping when we heard this loud roaring noise seemingly from everywhere and here come three low-flying military (Blackhawks?) helicopters with Red Cross markings followed by a straggler.

Now unless someone on the first three was scanning in the right place at the right time, they wouldn't have gotten a good view, however if they managed to let the straggler know, they might have had their eyes peeled and looking in the right direction.
:sl:
We got a real laugh out of that because the last time I was stripped to the same degree (drying my clothes after falling into Mineral Creek) we were buzzed by a VERY low-flying C-130. That one was so low Tracey thought it was about to crash. And of course the echoing in the canyon made it sound even worse.

Ok, that's enough getting-wet for today and we set out for the leisurely drive back along Apache Trail. Of course it HAD to be leisurely with the Sunday afternoon traffic returning from Tortilla Flat and Canyon Lake. The usual crazies...
* A couple parking their car ON THE ROAD taking 2/3rds of the lane of traffic where they got out to take photos, barely a few hundred feet from a nice pull-out with actually a better view.
* A road biker wandering all over the road with seemingly no care whether he was causing a hazard or would be the victim of an accident.
Those were just a few...

Video medley of our wandering along Mesquite Creek is here:
http://www.youtube.com/embed/w6NmqtksBMg
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Feb 13 2012
Charger55
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41 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Mesquite CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2012
Charger55
Hiking0.40 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking0.40 Miles      20 Mns   1.20 mph
250 ft AEG
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Looking for wildflowers. None to be found here.
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- Frank Turner "The Road"
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Nov 02 2010
AZLOT69
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69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Mesquite CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZLOT69
Canyoneering2.30 Miles 485 AEG
Canyoneering2.30 Miles   2 Hrs      1.15 mph
485 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
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Off trail exploring of canyons and mesas. This area is like a maze.
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Mar 05 2010
azdesertfather
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47 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Mesquite CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 05 2010
azdesertfather
Backpack2.75 Miles 100 AEG
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Back to a popular personal camping spot with my son. Good creek run, very little water stagnation/algae.
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Dec 13 2009
Vaporman
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41 male
 Joined Mar 28 2005
 SLC, Utah
Northern Supes Canyon Country, AZ 
Northern Supes Canyon Country, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2009
Vaporman
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs      1.90 mph
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Feb 21 2009
azdesertfather
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 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Mesquite CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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azdesertfather
Hiking3.25 Miles 500 AEG
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My son's first camping trip. He and I went with a friend and his 2 boys and had a blast. Small amount of water still flowing here, and it's clean and clear almost everywhere.

We hiked upstream, through the concrete underpass and the big metal corrugated draining pipe to a spot where there was a pool too deep to cross without swimming and no way around it. Then we turned around and went a couple of miles back downstream. Played rock wars, a group of us getting on each side of the creek, grabbing stones and throwing them into the water in front of each other to try to soak each other. I threw rocks until I scraped the outer layer of skin off most of my palms! We had a blast.

While taking a break for lunch, I saw someone that looked just like SuperstitionGuy. Almost shouted over at him but thought, naaaah, couldn't be. Find out on the HAZ site that it was. What a coincidence! Thanks, SuperstitionGuy, for the recommendation to take the kids here. Great spot.
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Dec 30 2008
snakemarks
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 Joined Oct 31 2007
 Apache Junction,
Mesquite CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2008
snakemarks
Hiking5.00 Miles
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I went out to Mesquite Creek hoping to see the area where Joe took those great photos. My best estimate is that I never got closer than one hiking mile away. I kept running into 'swimmers' (my definition: water at crotch level or higher) with zero go-around options. The water was cold enough to numb you in seconds, so knee high wading had to be VERY brief.

Water was flowing over the road at Tortilla Flat 15' wide and several inches deep. Not impassable for any vehicle, though. I parked a mile and a quarter past that on the north side of the road where there is a large, flat area dotted with campfire circles. There was easy access down to the creek and I headed upstream in search of photo ops.

The first obstacle is where the creek goes under the road. There is a concrete underpass for the water flow and one side was shallow enough that I walked through (going up over the road and back down was not an option). I didn't walk far before I came to another under-the-road situation. This time it was a large corrugated steel tube about 8 feet in diameter and about 100' long with water flowing through. Again, up and over not an option so I walked through stradling the water. On the other side, the canyon was narrow and steep walled with a waterfall and a beautiful natural pool. It looked to be about 4' deep and there was no way around. Bummer. Turned around and went all the way back to where I started.

Then tried to go up one of the feeder drainages parallel to Mesquite Creek, but after half a mile I reached a long section of wade/swim so I climbed up the ridge on one side and walked around. Options for getting back down looked limited and daylight was fading so I took the high road back to the truck and called it a day.

Warmer temps would have made this a lot of fun, but warmer temps usually mean less water.
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Apr 12 2008
joebartels
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Mesquite CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2008
joebartels
Hiking0.50 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles      30 Mns   1.00 mph
50 ft AEG
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Headed in intending to check out portions of the upper canyon. I parked and locked into my planned route. It didn't take long to figure out this wasn't going to be easy with an approximate 70 foot drop. I worked across a dangerous slope of scree.

Dudleya was busting out all over the place. I've seen a sprig or two in the past but nothing like this. One slope was covered in various dried mesh. Some was wild cucumber and some I couldn't make out.

It wasn't difficult finding a way down but I decided I'd seen the best views from above. Decided I'd rather checkout other areas. The most stunning sight of the day was water is STILL going over the bridge at Tortilla Flats. It's barely flowing, still amazing as it hasn't rained in months!
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Feb 05 2008
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Mesquite CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2008
joebartels
Hiking1.00 Miles
Hiking1.00 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   0.75 mph
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This proved phenomenal for a short section. Almost a cross between Sedona and the Superstitions. Unfortunately it's short lived and tough to hit it in it's prime. All the narrow tributaries were running today but getting weak just a day after a good rain.
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Canyon Lake Mesquite Creek
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