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Sep 05 2020
capcyclone
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49 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Wolf Creek FallsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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capcyclone
Hiking2.42 Miles 300 AEG
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Warm day, but pleasant enough for a nice quick hike down to the falls (dry of course). Several friendly hikers along the way as well. Some of the granite boulders are absolutely beautiful. Completed the normal hike down to the falls, but also some side hikes just to explore the area as well. Great day overall. Can’t wait to get back again soon.
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May 26 2019
sleepybear929
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 Prescott Valley,
Wolf Creek FallsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking1.20 Miles 300 AEG
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Kids loved the water. Don't miss the big fall.
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Aug 25 2018
John9L
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Wolf Creek FallsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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John9L
Hiking11.29 Miles 2,359 AEG
Hiking11.29 Miles   4 Hrs   55 Mns   2.36 mph
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Blanco
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Nice multi-loop hike with Lee & Blanco. We started around 8am and headed the hard way for Wolf Creek Falls. We would pass the normal turnoff and head to the Hassayampa River. We followed that downstream and then detoured into the side canyon with Wolf Creek Falls. The falls were pretty much bone dry. After that, we headed south for Mt Tritle. Along the way we had to go off trail and this turned into a cluster. I did a very poor job leading us and made the hike way more difficult than it needed to be. We eventually got back on trail and noticed Blanco limping badly as we neared the road. Once we hit the road we took a short break and checked out Blanco. He seemed to be hurting. Also, some very dark clouds moved over Tritle so we decided to cut our losses short and head back.

The return was much easier and we took a better route back to the forest roads. Once back on road, we decided to make a small CCW loop around the campground. During this time, a steady rain started to fall accompanied by lightning and thunder. It wasn't too bad but did make me uncomfortable. We completed our loop soon after and packed up and headed home. This was not the best hike but they all can't be epic. Still good being out in higher elevation and nice to see monsoon still going strong. It poured on our ride home.
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Aug 25 2018
friendofThundergod
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Wolf Creek Loop Trail #384Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking11.77 Miles 2,460 AEG
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MEH!!!!

Remind me to stop thinking this area will one day endear itself to me. Dud waterfalls, chased off Trittle before a chance to summit, Blanco hurt his leg, orvs galore and its bow season. IDK if I could be dragged back to this area.

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Jul 25 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Wolf Creek FallsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking10.25 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   5 Hrs   56 Mns   2.48 mph
1,600 ft AEG   1 Hour   48 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had never heard of Wolf Creek Falls until I saw a post on this site from kelly14 a week or so ago, so I decided to check the falls out.

Actually I started at the Groom Creek Trail #307 TH and did the Wolf Creek Figure Eight Loop. I went CCW on the Horse Camp Loop Trail #383 and went clockwise on the Wolf Creek Loop Trail #384. I took a short off trail excursion to Peak 6295, which had a view of the fire towers on both Spruce Mountain and Mount Union. I took a couple of short trips off of Trail #384 to the Hassyampa River, which water flowing through it; however, it looked more like a creek than a river to me.

At the western-most point on Trail #384 I went off trail down to the Wolf Creek Falls. It was interesting to see, and while there was water flowing, it was more of a trickle than a gushing stream. There were a couple of falls, the biggest of which was probably 20'-25'.

I saw a couple of small deer in the morning, near the junction of Trail #383 and Trail 3384.

While on top of the falls I looked to the west and could see a fire tower atop a peak, but I don't know what peak it was.

This was a nice hike, and I'd just as soon do it as the Groom Creek Loop Trail #307, which I have done several times.
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Jul 18 2018
kelly14
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Hassayampa River Wolf Creek Falls, AZ 
Hassayampa River Wolf Creek Falls, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 18 2018
kelly14
Hiking7.97 Miles 1,205 AEG
Hiking7.97 Miles   5 Hrs   39 Mns   1.66 mph
1,205 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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With the Bradshaw’s getting pounded by storms going on 7-8 days straight we knew we had to come back. Decided we wanted to check out the Hassayampa River and Wolf Creek Falls. And wow it was incredible! The Hassayampa was a river. A raging river! And wolf creek falls was gushing and incredibly scenic! And had it all to ourselves! Finished the day with pizza and ice cream in Prescott watching some more storms move through was the perfect ending.

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Raging!

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May 13 2017
John9L
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Wolf Creek FallsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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John9L
Hiking1.53 Miles 334 AEG
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After hiking the Groom Creek Loop we drove over to Wolf Creek Falls. I didn’t expect much water but wanted to see for myself. The hike is fairly easy. You start by following an old road and then have to follow a use trail over to the creek. We checked out some of the upper cascades and then worked our way down canyon. We found the best bet is to climb back up the embankment and then work your way down canyon. There are several use trails to follow and they lead to the bottom of the big waterfall.

We arrived to the bottom and were happy to see a moderate amount of water flowing over. These is a small alcove below the falls that we checked out and took a variety of pics. Once we had our fill we started the return. This turned out to be a nice hike that took under an hour. I would love to see this falls gushing!
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Mar 10 2017
gregrev
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 Prescott, AZ
Wolf Creek FallsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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gregrev
Hiking1.20 Miles 300 AEG
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I have been on this trail many many times but have never known of the existence of this waterfall. Perfect location to be after the snow falls, when the temperature starts to increase. Will post video and photos soon!
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Feb 07 2017
MountainMatt
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Bradshaw Bonanza, AZ 
Bradshaw Bonanza, AZ
 
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MountainMatt
Hiking6.64 Miles 1,102 AEG
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This trip was originally inspired by an area of the Hassayampa River I noticed on satellite view that appeared to be a sweet little waterfall and gorge area that I was eager to check out.

Turns out upon my arrival I found out this place has a name!
Ponderosa Park Swimming Hole aka Hassayampa Swimming Hole, to my surprise I headed down the now decommissioned FR that leads to the confluence with Indian Creek and the Yampa which is exactly where the main pools are located.
I was hoping for a 20ft+ waterfall but only ended up finding 2 powerful 10 foot chute waterfalls that were still pleasing but not exactly what I was looking for.

I then made the decision to go upstream when I originally was going to check out downstream as well as the narrows of Indian Creek that I will leave for another day.
I had to portage quite a bit to keep my feet dry as I wasn't just ready to get completely soaked feet from fresh snowmelt so there was a lot of obstacles and up and down bushwhacking but nothing crazy.
For the most part that section of the Upper Yampa is open and scenic with lots of twist and turns and I almost wasn't even going to proceed to WC Falls since I had been there before and did not think it would look any different but boy was I wrong!
Just seeing the amount of water pouring out of WC at its confluence with the Yampa is when I became fully aware that there was something special going on upstream and upon catching my first glimpse of the falls I believe my jaw literally dropped!
It was raging with power and with a mighty roar it stood out so prominently among all the ponderosa pines.
At that point it was a bit of nasty bushwhack the remainder of the way to the falls since I was coming from the opposite way than most but still nothing too bad.

I arrived at the falls at 2pm which was way too early to take photos because of the way the sun beams on this place so I made the decision to hike up to the road and hustle back down to Ponderosa Park, take photos, drive back to WC TH and then proceed to hike back down before sunset.
I pulled it off in time and was rewarded with a very unique spectacle, a setting sun behind me and a near full moon rising and aligning in front of the falls made for a moment I'll never forget!
Truly a great day and another memorable adventure in the Bradshaw Mountains!

***GPS track is 5.26 miles at 738 AEG, my triplog totals include my added track stats from returning to the falls the second time that day.
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Hassayampa River - Upper

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Not sure what Groom Creek usually looks like but as with nearly every creek and drainage out there GC was flowing at a forceful clip.

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Knee deep in the shallowest areas and moving with swift force!

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Flowing and almost flooding it was pouring over the paved road in the Highland Pines community.

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More water than I've ever seen in WC, the falls were flowing at thier peak!
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Jan 21 2017
arizona_water
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 Salt River Valle
Wolf Creek FallsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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arizona_water
XC Skiing5.17 Miles 744 AEG
XC Skiing5.17 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.79 mph
744 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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Note: this gps track and report is essentially a winter/snow route alternative for approaching and descending to Wolf Creek Falls.

SNOW :y: I wished we had frozen hydrologic events like this more often. After watching the radar all day on Friday, I made the drive up to Prescott with intent of checking at Wolf Creek Falls and then cross country skiing around some of the local FS roads. This was my first time ever going to Prescott, let alone Prescott National Forest. As I drove through the community of Groom Creek, I quickly realized that the Senator Highway's paved segment ends at the turn off for Wolf Creek Road. There were at least 10 inches of snow that had fallen the night before sealing off access to me and my subaru. This was a surprise to me. I had expected to drive the access road all the way to the trailhead for Wolf Creek Falls. I quickly changed plans, parked on the side of the road where the snow-plow had cleared a turn-around area and whipped out the cross country skis! On my way down wolf creek road, I noticed the Hassayampa flowing above the snow level.

As exciting as it is to think about the huge melt/run-off this snow will create, much of it will simply infiltrate local aquifers and not actually make it all the way to the Colorado River. But the lower Hassayampa should be absolutely fun to explore later in the Spring! I stopped once along the road to check out a small cascade and the location reminded me of the many great waterfall captures by @mountainmatt

When I got to the junction for the Falls Trailhead, I assumed I would have to take the skis off and do some walking in my ski boots. But the old road is wide and tree-free, so I just kept on skiing. I eventually reached the final drop down to the water fall, where I did take the skis off and climb down snow-covered boulders to reach my destination. The falls were flowing pretty well. It is facing south and the sun had done some work on the snow cover around the cascade. This is a cool spot. It was great to have it all to myself. yay winter!

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mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Wolf Creek FallsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking9.70 Miles 1,286 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.53 mph
1,286 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Hadn't done either of the Wolf Creek loops or the falls but I have now :lol: Also added in the side trip to peak 6296. Great weather, 64 at start and 73 at end.

Nice trails and forest but the falls are definitely the highlight. Didn't see anyone on the trails. Wildlife: 11 deer, lots of lizards and a few squirrels and woodpeckers.
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Hassayampa River - Upper Wolf Creek
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Jun 02 2015
cactuscat
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Wolf Creek FallsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking0.70 Miles 288 AEG
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Easy access, low volume is not an ideal combination. However I went early and was the only one there ... and there were a few small pools with enough water for sitting in. It's a pleasant area.

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Wolf Creek Loop Trail #384Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 18 2014
kingsnake
Hiking9.08 Miles 1,286 AEG
Hiking9.08 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   2.62 mph
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After my trip to Maverick and (not quite) Tritle 10 days prior with trekkin gecko, I thought it might be wise to do some altitude acclimitization hikes before tackling another peak. The Groom Creek Loop #383 / Wolf Creek Loop #384 figure-8 offered some decent distance, at 6000+ feet, without any really steep bits. As usual, a topo / sat map recon revealed some bits for exploring.

Groom Creek Loop #383 is sandy-surfaced single track. Except for some deep spots, it would make a nice quick MTB loop. Wolf Creek Loop #384, on the other hand is jeep-trail wide (and sometimes on actual FR trails), and mostly hard pack.

First variation was a short trip up Hill 6296, which despite not being a prominent terrain feature has great views of the Bradshaw Mountains and surrounding valleys. Recommended. While the trip up 6296's northeast slope was mild in slope, and had no obstacles, the trip down the southeast slope was steep and brushy -- which is why I quickly diverted into a slight wash (which you would expect to be brushier, but was in fact clear sailing).

Second variation was crossing the (dry) Hassayampa River to what MyTopo said was an old jeep trail between FR 79 and FR 9403. Saw an interesting boulder formation at the crossing, including one delicately-balanced specimen. The connector trail was blocked off from vehicle access, had obviously not been used in years, and was likely in recovery. When I got to FR 9403 -- not sure which letter -- there was a NAU Ecological Restoration Institute pickup there. No tree doctor though. I then dropped back into the Hassayampa River, following the dry creek bed until I found a crossing, then heading back up to Trail #384.

Given the complete lack of water in Wolf Creek and the Hassayampa River, I decided to skip the "falls". From there it was a slow, mostly shade-less, walk back up to the #307 trailhead.

Video (3:29): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zIg91N10Yk?mo ... autoplay=1
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Not many, but what flowers there were were pretty and profuse.

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Bone dry.
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Spruce Davis Union Tritle Maverick Loop, AZ 
Spruce Davis Union Tritle Maverick Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking20.20 Miles 5,626 AEG
Hiking20.20 Miles   11 Hrs   9 Mns   2.02 mph
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Spruce Mountain 7696
Up the groomed trail to Spruce. The lookout gal we saw 4 years ago arrived just as we were leaving. Unfortunately her dog "Space" has passed away. Nice views. Surprising we didn't see anyone on this popular trail in such nice weather.

Mt Davis
Took Isabella Trail #377 down from Spruce and Dandrea Trail #285 up then off-trail to Mt Davis. This was my first trip up Davis. Nicest views of the day in my opinion. Knoll just NW is definitely worth the extra few minutes, incredible views.

Mt Union 7979
Been here a few times. John the tower guy for 18 years gave us the grand view. We quizzed each other on peaks near and far. It was a nice chat.

Mt Tritle 7782
Heed the property boundary clues. Funky stuff going on out in the woods reminded me of the movie Wrong Turn ( not the happy fun first half hour ).

If you are in the area tick it off. Easy access to great views. With a road slapped over it this is more suited for 4WD beer cooler enthusiast. Shrub peak. No cool pines or lichen rock obstacles.

Maverick Mountain 7443
A scathing bundle of joy.

It is an increasingly steep climb up the east. Pants may make the brush tolerable. There are more rewarding places to bleed.

Wolf Creek Falls
Creeks, rivers and waterfalls in the vicinity are typically dry. Many of the trails are "V" grooves from mountain bikers and horses. Nearby pines and easy access make this a local winner.

Synopsis
Took and consumed 4 quarts. 5-6 would have been more ideal, especially cold! Gnats were not an issue just near face level around Tritle. Thankfully no biting black flies either. Temps were cooler than anticipated. Very cool in the shade. The sunny stretches are like being on the beach in Cali. The sun bakes you but the cool air keeps you happy. Bruce put together a fine loop and I learned a lot about the terrain. Maverick was pure hell, now we know.
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Mount Union Fire Lookout
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Mainly claret cup. Cactus blooms are pretty, just not exciting.

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no evidence of a spring anywhere

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Small pools looked nice enough to filter
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Hiking avatar Jun 07 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking21.33 Miles 5,692 AEG
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Needed to get out of the heat, hadn't been to Prescott in awhile so it was time to come up with some options. I chose the one with the best chance of being under the conifer canopy. There was a few off trail sections in the route, but I was sure by looking on the Sat. views and from my memory of being in the area 3 years ago that those sections would be under the pines also. I even wore my good HAZ shirt knowing it would come back unscathed.

Started at the Groom Creek TH with 2 other cars in the lot when we arrived. We quickly passed a couple that were just finishing their hike on our way clockwise on the Groom Creek #307. We made it to the top to check out the tower and were leaving as the tower attendant (Suzie?) was starting her day. Her dog Space is no longer on earth.

We continued on the #307 2 miles to the Isabella #377 trail. It was on this trail that we would see the last of our hikers for the day. I really like the feel of this trail. Not as wide as the Groom Creek loop and winds through some vanilla smelling ponderosas.

Next it's short road walk past the Potato Patch area, to the Dandrea #285. I don't care much for this trail which is also used in part by ATV's. Loose and Rocky, it is the probably the easiest route to access both Mt Davis and Mt Union.

East on the Yankee Doodle #284 for a short while and we followed the orange flags that someone had left, leading all the way to the top of Mt Davis. This would become a theme on this day. We took the extra little side trip over to the Rocky Perch to the North of the advertised high point of Mt Davis and found the Summit Can. We had a "Discussion" as to whether or not this was the high point of Mt Davis, or was it to the south. My GPS showed the same elevation on both areas. This rocky perch yielded the best natural views of the day.

We scrambled back down to the Yankee D. and made are way over to Mt Union. The last time we were here, it was suggested to us that the best views were at the Heli Pad, so we didn't make it in the tower. This time John invited us up. John's been in the tower for 18 years. We had a nice extended conversation with him about the surrounding areas features, the longevity of the Tower Lookouts jobs, and some of the recent fires. John mentioned that it takes $10k to put a plane in the air to fight fires and $5k for a chopper.

Next it's a 2.3 mile road walk to start our 2nd off trail adventure of the day. We left the Senator highway and started our climb up the east face of Mt Tritle. We had to adjust our planned track up to keep out of the posted No trespassing signs. It was steeper than it looked on TOPO and the thick Duff made it slippery. At the top we made a half hearted attempt to find the Summit Register with no luck. We found a shady spot a bit farther down the road to take some lunch.

I was shocked to see that they'd removed this truck
http://hikearizona.com/photo=204317
from the last time I was here 3 years ago.

Now we're off to hit Maverick Mountain. Once again the orange flags that we saw back on Mt Davis were on FR 9403C. When we reached the Ridge line that we planned to climb to gain Maverick, those orange ribbons followed the same path... It's got to be a good path going up. All I heard was Maverick this and Maverick that... I told Goose to take it easy. We made the peak and thought we'd lose the Orange Ribbons... nope, they kept goings and were following the same track that I'd drawn up. We descended to check out Payoff spring and hit a FR. With a name like that the spring had to be running.... no sign of a spring was found. 2 miles of off trail completed in 2 hours, put us a bit behind.

A short walk over to check out the unimpressive flow of Wolf Creek over the falls. I'll bet an impressive area with a flow through here.

A fun day of exploring some new ground..
Thanks for joining me Ice Man.

Spruce Cicada's, Pano at Mt Davis and in the Mt Union Tower with John and Merlin
http://youtu.be/NrIEZlxQRMo
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We looked and found no sign of a spring

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Some filterable pools and a very light flow (Trickle)
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Mount TritlePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2011
The_Eagle
Hiking17.40 Miles 3,374 AEG
Hiking17.40 Miles   8 Hrs   38 Mns   2.21 mph
3,374 ft AEG      45 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Escaped the Valley hoping to find cooled Temps. Started at 68 degrees...mmmm...
The TH at Groom Creek had about 10 cars in it when I got there, and evidently they were all hiking the Groom Creek Loop. I had this track all to myself, short of two groups of horseback riders.

I really enjoyed this area. I used the Wolf Creek loops and a short bushwhack, to make my way over to the Mount Tritle trail. The Mount Tritle trail #65 is a bit steep and rocky, but the views are top notch! Temps at the top around noon were mid 70's at 7,700 ft. After some lunch and a bit of a nap, I started making my way back. I stopped at the Hassayampa River and dipped my shirt and hat in the river to cool off. Next stop was the Wolf Creek Falls trail to do the same.

The Water at the "Falls" was not conducive to dipping. It looks like during wet times this would be a fun area, but now there was just some pooled water, probably from recent rains.

By the time I got back to the truck, the temps were hitting the low 90's so I was glad to get in the air conditioned truck.
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Dave Barry
average hiking speed 2.25 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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