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Nov 27 2020
adilling
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57 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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adilling
Canyoneering1.50 Miles 75 AEG
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We decided to spend Black Friday out in the boonies, soaking up some scenery. We opted for Pinto Creek Canyon. I was hoping the fall colors were still holding on. When we came over the crest on the road, we could see a nice assortment of colors – greens, yellows, oranges.

The road is in pretty decent shape, only a few spots of rough driving. A high clearance vehicle is recommended for the last bits past the gate. We parked right at the creek and started up.

The leaves of many of the trees have fallen already. There was a blanket of yellow and brown leaves throughout the hike. But, there were also some trees still peaking and others still holding on with their green leaves. Maybe some of our amateur arborists here can identify which ones are which?

The creek was bone dry, except for a few little puddles south of the canyon. We made our way to the mouth of the canyon and had a little snack. My wife has bad knees and is not a boulder-hopper, so she stayed in a nice shady spot and I went into the canyon to see how it’s looking. No pools or water, but it’s still a beautiful area. I will have to come back here in the spring and bring my water shoes for sure.

The drive out is scenic and we stopped for a few pictures overlooking the canyon. Great views of Four Peaks, Roosevelt Lake and the Sierra Ancha Mtns as well. We saw a father and son at the top of hill on the way down in an ATV, but other than that, we saw no other humans.

A nice day spent with each other in a beautiful spot!
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May 10 2020
Gostrich
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32 male
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 Chandler
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Gostrich
Canyoneering1.50 Miles 75 AEG
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I arrived at the TH about 0830 and from there once I was geared up, proceeded down the creek. It was a pleasant hike with only minimal rock hopping. The end of the narrows was my turn around point. There I had lunch and played fetch with Lulu on one of the soft sanded beaches. Nothing too challenging on this hike, but it was great way to cool off with cool views.
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May 27 2019
Yoder
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 Chandler, AZ
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2019
Yoder
Hiking2.90 Miles 108 AEG
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On the drive in, I wouldn't drive past the gate if you don't have a 4x4. Our 4Runner struggled a little coming out in one short steep section. We ended up putting it in 4x4 low gear. Now we don't have special tires, but still I can't imaging getting out of there with anything but a 4x4. This is the last place you want to find yourself stuck. Be save and park near the gate if you don't have 4x4.

The walk in the streambead was great. Although we went in the wrong direction for just a little over 1 mile, it was great. Saw about 4 turtles in the shallow stream going up, but they were all gone by the time we came back in. The stream was running nicely, 3" - 12" deep, mostly in the 3-6" deep range. Now we did have a storm blow through last week, so water may have been better than normal. This spring has been weird, but wonderful. Nice tall trees so you are in the shade most of the time, good breeze, but since we were in the stream bead, you just would hear it blowing through the trees. Lots of birds, mostly in the trees out of sight. Not a long hike, but a great slow easy walk in the water.
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May 18 2019
Charger55
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 Mesa, AZ
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Charger55
Canyoneering1.50 Miles 75 AEG
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Nov 24 2018
RickVincent
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 24 2018
RickVincent
Canyoneering2.25 Miles 75 AEG
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Beautiful day at the Box. Fall color in peak glory and light flow in the creek. Went with my wife and two of her co-workers. The hike distance is short, but it is all off trail with lots of thorny bushwhacking and boulder hopping.
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Sep 09 2018
KBKB
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
FS 242 & Pinto Creek Canyon, AZ 
FS 242 & Pinto Creek Canyon, AZ
 
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KBKB
Canyoneering5.90 Miles 853 AEG
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I'd been wanting to hike Pinto Creek Canyon for a while. An easy hike appealed to my wife also, so we decided to take a look.

We ended up parking in Blevins Wash, which was pretty close to the destination to which Google Maps routed us. But that wasn't right because we were still about two miles away from the Trailhead. But, at the time, not knowing this, we got out and started hiking FS 242 towards Pinto Creek. There was a long uphill and then a long downhill. It's quite scenic - I didn't mind walking this road.

When we eventually reached Pinto Creek, the day had warmed up substantially, so we didn't spend much time there. The creek is mostly dry now, so the hike in the creek consisted mainly of working our way around rocks and over or under deadfall. There were occasional slick muddy sections and also occasional pools of stagnant water. We didn't see any running water. There wasn't really enough water there for me to want to get my feet wet, mostly because it was stagnant and/or muddy. With some care, it was possible to work around the wet sections.

After exploring a bit of the creek, I had my wife start back up the road towards our vehicle. I hiked FS 242 in the other direction. It eventually dipped back into the creek, so at that point, I reentered the creek and made my way back to the section of FS 242 that we came in on.

It was a so-so hike. I'm sure that the creek is much more pleasant when it has flowing water.
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Dec 10 2017
MountainMatt
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 Arizona
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 10 2017
MountainMatt
Canyoneering3.41 Miles 279 AEG
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Absolutely loved this place in the spring and have been day dreaming about what it could boast for late foliage.

PC did not disappoint and just as last time I had such a pleasant time in "The Box" and this time it had a splash of golden color.

No wildlife besides my galavanting dog and the minnows and frogs in the creek bed.
Lots of cow pies but no cattle which was the only thing different from last time and was a bit of a tarnish, perhaps low later levels are showing more of their impact.

At the beginning of FR 242 I encountered an unexpected no campfire sign that I now assume is year round and firmly believe it's a good thing and helps keep the lazy off roaders at bay.

So instead I car camped near Jakes Corner and lazily walked around the shores of Tonto Creek today.
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Mainly pools but above and throughout "The Box" reliable flowing water begins and abruptly ends once at the canyons opening.
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Dec 01 2017
ssk44
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 Gilbert, AZ
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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If you're considering checking out the fall colors at Pinto Creek Canyon, you'll want to go soon. It's just about perfect right now and almost none of the trees have been blown out yet. This is such a cool place. Very diverse and scenic. The creek is not running across the road. It may be running above ground further downstream. That's typical in the fall. Late spring is best for running water.


Eric
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Ash, cottonwood, and sycamore.
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Nov 01 2016
Craigbhikin
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58 male
 Joined Apr 11 2011
 Mesa, AZ
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Craigbhikin
Canyoneering1.50 Miles 75 AEG
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Lots of green, but not much for water. I did not make it down to the box canyon section. Still better than spending time in town.
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Apr 23 2016
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 Salt River Valle
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering2.73 Miles 597 AEG
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The last .5 mile of the drive down to the creek on FR 242 was much rougher than I was expecting (most of the road was great up to the descent). My forester was fine though...take it slow and easy :pray:

We were on the wrong side of the creek for the first .3 mile or so. The east side is much easier to follow and has much less bushwhacking than the west bank.

I love the juxtaposition of the lush riparian area with the rugged cliffs covered in saguaro.
And the small narrows section is perfect. We were the only people out here on Saturday.

The creek was flowing well. I'm interested in mapping the extent of surface and subsurface flow for the entire creek.
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Apr 17 2016
MountainMatt
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Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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MountainMatt
Canyoneering4.51 Miles 1,345 AEG
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Had one of the best days in a long time reconnecting with a longtime friend of mine. With the knowledge that the only real "hiking" she has ever done was Camelback Mtn. I figured Pinto Creek Canyon would be a nice mellow trip for her. I was transfixed on this place ever since I saw OutdoorLovers beautiful photoset that popped up on HAZ otherwise I really didn't know this place existed! With that being said I'm glad it's not well known to the average joe because the ease of access to this place blew my mind!!! I figured we would see someone at the TH or at least in the canyon but we had the whole place to ourselves. I don't want to ramble and I won't but this place really blew away my expectations, yes it's a very short and easy walk but the Views, the views are dazzling! With every step I was amazed how much clear cool water was flowing with giant saguaro cacti looming on the steep hillsides above. I was eager to hit the box/narrow area that I read about in the prior triplogs but boy was it was twice as astounding than what I saw in photos and honestly photos don't even do justice until your actually here just like most places. The sheer cliff walls, sandy beaches, massive boulders, and too many mini cascades to count this place was just downright wonderful! The way the light hits in this canyon is so many unique angles is not only a photographers paradise but there were so many options for good quality shade even in the middle of the day! We found refuge at large sandy beach area, cracked open some cold ones and took a nap in the sand while listening to gentle cascading water. I just noticed I'm rambling :lol: but this place really was something special and not to mention the friend of mine did incredible throughout the trip and enjoyed every minute of it! Now it's time to turn up the intensity full force and take her on a real hike! :sweat:
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Dec 06 2015
RickVincent
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 06 2015
RickVincent
Canyoneering1.50 Miles 75 AEG
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Took a group of 7 into Pinto Creek. One year ago, this week, I took Anna here for the big proposal. The Pinto Box never disappoints. Its a special place.
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Nov 22 2015
RedRoxx44
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Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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RedRoxx44
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Needed something easy and short and this was it. Trees are nice but the full effect of the Cottonwoods is not yet. Road after the gate is interesting in a few spots, due to run off from flooding. An old car used to shore up some of the side of the road has been revealed on the switchbacks; I did not take a picture. Some scree flow and dead wood in the first part walking downcanyon but minimal change. Less water meant could go farther in the narrows more easily. Saw a rattlesnake, I've seen more in the last few weeks than all summer. Very pretty and enjoyable.
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 Gilbert, AZ
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Digital_Sherpa
Canyoneering1.50 Miles 75 AEG
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This is a fun little remote canyon, though very short. I started the hike just as the sun was cresting over the surrounding hills and began raking the scree slopes with warm light. The peace and quiet was shattered when I flushed a couple of whitetail deer near the start of the trail, which sounded like a herd of charging bison due to the thick underbrush and dried leaves. Once my cardiac arrest was over, I continued along the creek finding only a few very small waterfalls. The box area was definitely the highlight with massive boulders to navigate and great pool reflections beneath stunning canyon views. It would be great to be here with a higher flow as the waterfalls would be more numerous and impressive. Perhaps another visit in the Fall...
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Dec 07 2014
RickVincent
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 Mesa, AZ
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 07 2014
RickVincent
Canyoneering2.25 Miles 75 AEG
Canyoneering2.25 Miles   4 Hrs      0.56 mph
75 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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Pinto Creek Box - Part 2
Returned to the Box with Anna, the kids, a few close friends and a ring. No one seemed to mind the bushwhacking and boulder hopping required to get there. Well, not too much anyway. A few bumps, scratches and soakers are par for this off-trail route. The pay off made it all worth it.

On the way out, I gathered everyone together for a portrait, set up the camera on a tripod and set the timer to take 10 consecutive pics. Surprised Anna, well everyone, with a marriage proposal and ring. :o Couldn't have picked a better place or even better witnesses to share in the moment. We drove back home for an early pasta dinner and celebrated with wine, beer and bubbly. Great day.

P.S. - She said yes. :y:
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Special thanks to Joe and Pam for the Pinto Box pre-scouting report.
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Nov 29 2014
RickVincent
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 Mesa, AZ
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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RickVincent
Canyoneering2.25 Miles 75 AEG
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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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Pinto Creek Box - Part 1
Scouting trip for a good place to bring Anna and our friends the following weekend. Also, a potential setting for a marriage proposal. Pinto Creek Box fits the bill for both. I brought the camera and tripod and spent a few hours shooting the area.
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Pinto Creek Canyon @ FR242
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Nov 18 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 18 2014
joebartels
Canyoneering2.99 Miles 120 AEG
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Insecure and negative infected minds protochastise and beat me with their words. In a sick bonding of their fears they will undoubtedly classify my enjoyment of this event as competitive relaxation. Yawn and move on...

Last year we hit Pinto on the 25th. Autumn foliage was a week past prime. This year a week earlier it was barely knocking on the door. For reference, up until a week ago summer was finding it difficult to part ways.

It started out nippy. Warm clothes work in these conditions, especially when the air within the layer of gases surrounding planet Earth is calm. Along the way it was nice to see old friends and watch the sun dial low in the sky. Nothing beats napping on a chilled boulder in the warm sun of Autumn. To this I say party on ivy, party on creeper. We shall return.
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Just underway for the most part. Looks to be prime in 4.2 days!
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Nov 18 2014
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Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Canyoneering2.99 Miles 120 AEG
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What has become an Annual Trek...Missed Peak again, someday I'll finally Bag It and get it Right...The Last two Treks, I felt the need to include someone with Deep, Unique Thinking...Plus he makes me Laugh even if some of it passes over my Head...I always learn a few things as well and have decided to share...

If Mother Nature decides to Call, make sure someone else has your Phone Number... :sl:
Humor can be found in anything, including large, outdated Tablets... :lol:
The Big Picture may only seem ok, but sometimes there is Treasure in the Smaller Picture... :)
I really wasn't making it up when I said there was Water flowing across the Road... :sweat:
If it wasn't for a Butterfly, I would have Lost...Joe would have beaten me... :D
Poison Ivy can be your Best Friend... :y:
No Matter how many times you visit a Place, some things will be the same, but many things will be different...
Even when you're In Doubt, Shoot it Anyway.... :D
Big Pizza really does Rock it after a Hike...Go Daddy! I may not be Danica, but sometimes people comment on my Driving... :sweat:
And Finally...Favorite Sunglasses can become Priceless when they are someone else's... :y:
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Peaking a little at the Start, so-so in the Middle, Green at the End, with some things done all the way through...

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At FR242
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Nov 25 2013
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Pinto Creek CanyonGlobe, AZ
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joebartels
Canyoneering2.40 Miles 70 AEG
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Back in April Bruce threw together the stellar Nonesuch Rocks - Pinto Creek Loop. By the time we got to Pinto Box we were beat. The sun was setting. Albeit a mild wicked cool area there was no way to enjoy it fatigued and rushed.

Pam mentioned Pinto Creek for an autumn meander and my eyes lit up. At the Pinto Creek / FR242 crossing we were shocked to see it dry. Guess it was spring melt back in April. Pam said it was running last December. To be dry a day after 2-3 inches of rain seemed odd.

Just north of the crossing the creek resurfaces on through the box. Somehow I managed to stay dry hopscotching the entire day. We went two thirds through the box to the down climb at the boulders. It was a great day.

Big Daddy's was closed and Pam warned the only other option was nothing special. Perhaps she meant everything but the crispy chicken fried steak at Butcher's Hook... omg it was awesome!
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A good week late, probably tops out at moderate in prime.
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Nov 25 2013
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After being late for the Prime Foliage last year, I really wanted to get back up there and try to catch it earlier...I was worried that everything "lower" was turning faster this year, but just couldn't get up there before now...Even with the big Storm, I had some optimism that there would still be some Color since I was a full 10 days earlier this Year.... :)

I knew Joe really liked this Area and probably didn't get much of a chance to spend any time the first and last time he was through there, so I invited him to come along for a "meander" and Photoshoot.... :)

I had some apprehension about the Condition of the Road, whether Blevin's Wash was running still from the Storm and also whether the Storm had just wiped out all of the Leaves...Well, 1 out of 3 was true to a certain extent.... ;) I also had a little apprehension about my Knee. It had been feeling pretty good the last few days and although I was probably "pushing" it doing this Hike, I knew I still wanted to go, even if I couldn't do the Whole Thing....I prepared as best I could...I wore a beefed up Wrap and Joe was generous enough to lend me his Wrench Worthy Hiking Poles, :sweat: if I needed them... :sweat:

Joe was worried about Clouds...I delivered, at least on the Drive up...What a great Drive up the Beeline (the long way according to my side seat driver!) Mount Ord, the Mazzies and the Sierra Ancha all had a fresh blanket of Snow with Clouds still beneath the Peaks...We should have stopped for more Photo Ops, but we were anxious to get to Pinto, so we only made one stop... ;)

My Anxiety about the Road and the Wash were for naught. The Road, albeit a little Muddy in places, was fine, and the Wash was as Dry as a Bone....We arrived at the TH and realized that I was going to late again this year for any Color...It appeared to be the same as when I was here before, even though I was later last year...The Trees were just about stripped...Things were not looking good...We started out and the first stop was where the Road crosses the Creek...It was Bone Dry! :o I was actually shocked, as I had researched that this stretch of Pinto Creek was Perennial and it was flowing very well through here last year! Things were going from "eh" to "worse"! Well, we were here, so we were going to try to make the best of it! About 100 Yards from the Crossing, Water started appearing. First, just small Pools, then a little Flow, and then, it became the Creek I knew from the Year before...Whew!!! :sweat:

We had to work a little to get any decent Photos early on...It was pretty barren, but we did what we could with what was there and just enjoyed being out there, on what turned out to be a beautiful Day...The Clouds had all disappeared by the time we got there, but the Sky was a brilliant Blue and the Sun warmed things up nicely... :y:

We proceeded along at a fairly good pace, (considering that we were trying to be in tibbermode), and the farther we got, the more color appeared in places...We soon arrived at the Box...I had not seen the Box yet, as I had turned around at that point last Year, so it was all new to me...It just added more Spice to an Area that I already loved! :D There was a little Color that had somehow managed to survive inside the Box, so we spent quite a bit of Time there...And then the Sun started getting lower and it was time to go...I knew the Lighting would be fantastic among the Trees near the TH, in the Late Afternoon. We made pretty good time on the Return until the last 1/8th Mile or so when things started getting very Photogenic again, with Light and Shadow.... :D

And then it was done...Even with the lack of "Color", we both decided that it had been a good Trip and worth the Drive, so we were pretty happy...After grabbing some Dinner in Tonto Basin, it was Pedal to the Metal for Home... :D

The Knee held up well...I opted to not use Joe's Poles, but I did baby it a little, really taking my Time and being careful with the Boulder Hopping and Scrambling. I didn't take any Ibuprofen all day and it never hurt or swelled...It was a good feeling!

Photos...I had two Cameras with me on this Day...One was a Loaner DSLR, but something happened and it quit about halfway through...I took duplicate Photos with both Cameras before that Point just to compare...I'm only Posting one that I took with the "Big" Camera as it's the only one that I couldn't have gotten with my Point/Shoot...The rest turned out equally well, although I know "quality wise" the Big Camera's Photos would be better for Printing....The Big Camera has some Spots on the Sensor, so I just went with the Photos from my Camera for now...

Apparently next Year, I need to go even earlier in November to catch this Area at it's best, but somehow, even late, this Area begs to be Photographed! It was another Good Trip, and this Time, with Good and always Amusing Company....Thanks Joe.... :D
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Dry at the TH Crossing...But surfaces within 100 Yards and increases in Flow well into the Box....
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