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Tortilla Creek Massif - 3 members in 7 triplogs have rated this an average 2.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 11 2016
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71 male
 Joined Nov 02 2013
 Apache Junction,
Tortilla Creek MassifPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2016
rtaylor3235Triplogs 204
Hiking2.60 Miles 581 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   1.90 mph
581 ft AEG      20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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hikingaz2
Really fun hike, with great views. It looks like no one has taken this trail in a while, most of the cairns were down, but we replaced many of them, hence the slow time getting up to the top. Finding our way through Tortilla Creek was difficult as well, because most the cairns had all washed away due to significant rain a month ago, the creek is still flowing briskly. Note: At 65 years old, I consider the last 50 feet before the summit to be a scramble, but that's just me. Lot's of potential exposure, but only if you allow someone to get too close to the edge, be careful !!The previous warning from Joe to not take children or dogs is wise counsel. Don't let that stop you from a very fun hike.
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Feb 11 2016
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79 male
 Joined Dec 16 2011
 Mesa,Az
Tortilla Creek MassifPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2016
hikingaz2Triplogs 217
Hiking2.30 Miles 633 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   1.82 mph
633 ft AEG      27 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
 
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rtaylor3235
Forgot this was on my todo list until Rick suggested it, wasn't going to go today, Rick waited for me to make up my mind, and besides Joe said it was a nice easy hike on his Description. Looked it up and was only 4 trip logs notated, :o ???? wonder why :scared: ??? It really does look imposing, go to camping spot 64 and head down into the creek to begin. It really is a super little hike, when you have nothing else to do , and your Wife went shopping, and you want a great view of all the folks down at the Saloon. Next time up I'll take along my clippers and clip off some branches that has gotten in the way. Got some friends coming down next month, I'm putting this hike on the agenda---- just be careful coming back down as it steep, but if you watch your footing and slide on your ( X#$&*^X )you'll be just fine.
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Jan 17 2014
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77 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Tortilla Creek MassifPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2014
jameslcox44Triplogs 130
Hiking2.60 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   3 Hrs      0.87 mph
420 ft AEG
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After seeing this hike on hikearizona.com, we had to give it a try. It appeared to be a short, easy hike. We did have a few detours on the way up as I don't follow directions very well. The campground is closed and we had to slip past a few barriers from the hike description. After a few backtracks, we found camp site #64 where the well defined trail leads to the lower end of the climb up the massif. It gets pretty steep on the last tenth of a mile, but slow and easy up and down is the key. Coming down, we lost our cairns and come out at camp site #57 where there was another break in the fence and well defined trail.

This is a fun short hike and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a challenging short hike. It would be much prettier when the desert is blooming.
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Apr 16 2012
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49 male
 Joined Feb 16 2010
 santan valley
Tortilla Creek MassifPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2012
krispykritterTriplogs 168
Hiking2.60 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles
420 ft AEG
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Another wonderful nite of camping and a early morning hike.
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Mar 12 2012
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 Photos 217
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49 male
 Joined Feb 16 2010
 santan valley
Tortilla Creek MassifPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2012
krispykritterTriplogs 168
Hiking2.60 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles
420 ft AEG
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We camped with the kids a the campground last nite. In the the morning I solo'ed the massif. Good hike.
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Dec 06 2011
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43 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Tortilla Creek MassifPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2011
Charger55Triplogs 573
Hiking2.60 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.73 mph
420 ft AEG
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Easy hike with impressive views of Tortilla Flat, Canyon Lake and the top of Four Peaks. On my way up I met a man who was staying at the campground. He hikes up top every morning to make a phone call. I'm guessing Tortilla Flat has no cell towers...
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Apr 12 2008
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52 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Tortilla Creek MassifPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2008
joebartelsTriplogs 5,286
Hiking2.60 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   1.49 mph
400 ft AEG
 
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Tortilla Flats was pumping out Jimmy Buffett through the canyons. The campgrounds were buzzing with campers. On the way down I passed a couple smokers on the spine.
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average hiking speed 1.56 mph

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