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Dec 13 2021
SkyIslander18
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51 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Frye Mesa ReservoirTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2021
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Hiking3.00 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
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Day trip with my buddy up to Frye Mesa/Canyon & Reservoir.
First the awesome drive up and across the mesa.
Then a hike down to the lake and around back to the big waterfall.
Also sat for a little fishing, skunked.
Then just a bit up Frye Canyon and a hike down to the bottom of S'mores Canyon or as I grew up calling it ... The Potholes.
Lots of very cool waterfalls into waterfalls here.
Then back down ending a good day with a great friend!
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Some nice colors along the lake shore.

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Mar 21 2021
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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Frye Canyon Trail #36Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2021
chumley
Hiking1.87 Miles 765 AEG
Hiking1.87 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   1.39 mph
765 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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It's floatie season, so I figured this one would give me the opportunity to take an occasional dip along the trail. Cliffed out above the reservoir and opted to drive to the official trailhead. Fun road! :D

Not sure when the old road/trail was washed out (seemed older than Nuttall Gibson?) but the bypass option was unpleasantly steep lol. Took the old trail on the way down and was forced to do a little climb to get through the washout.

Higher up, dropped into the creek and explored down as far as I felt comfortable. Nice views of lingering snow higher up.

Back at the truck, I headed over into the mid section to explore a bit. There's some crazy old webbing and U-channel post anchors that illustrate stupidity isn't just a modern thing.

Cool area though. I'd actually like to take the trail up and loop Trap or head all the way up to camp.
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Dec 01 2017
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51 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
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Frye Mesa ReservoirTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2017
SkyIslander18
Hiking4.50 Miles 950 AEG
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Drove up Frye Mesa road to where it just reaches the top and hiked in.
First visit up since the Frye Fire and to the area where it all started.
And as expected the entire mesa top was burned over, but it didn't look too bad, this flat should recover nicely. The view up into Frye Canyon though (Frye Canyon is Closed) looks terrible, black sticks with not much green left all the way up to Mt Graham.
Arrived at the reservoir road down with butterflies in my stomach at what I was about to see. Hiked over the little hill to find that the whole area did burn, but the lake, dam & lake shore flora looked great !!!
Hiked down and first visited the dam and the down below viewpoint.
Then around on the nice little trail to the back. Trail was fine on one side, burnt on the other ..... the trail made a good fire break line! I then followed the inlet back where I could hear the gushing water coming down the canyon. Turned the corner and saw the lower canyon falls looking as Awesome as always! I thought it would be a mess back in there, but no.
Spent some time around the lake before returning back out the way I came in.
fricknaley's scaredy cows were in the house, had quite a few interactions with them including trying to get them off the road so that I could hike out.
Good trip, Fun trip!

The falls behind the Reservoir -
https://youtu.be/R7YHdohqXzo
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Nov 25 2015
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51 male
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Frye Canyon Trail #36Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2015
SkyIslander18
Hiking7.85 Miles 2,127 AEG
Hiking7.85 Miles
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Started the morning with a drive down to the reservoir and hike to the backside waterfall that feeds the lake.
Then drove back up and on to the Frye Canyon TH.

This was my 2nd hike up Frye Canyon this year.
1st trip was last January with the trail covered in snow, it was tough!
This trip the trail was snow free and I think just as tough!
The upper peaks were covered with snow and the creek was flowing good from the melt.
All three of us (and my partner's dog) ended up in the creek at least once from the challenging above average creek flow crossings.
Autumn is just about done up this canyon, but there were still some good colors to see here & there.
1st half of the trail was in really good shape and looked to have been FS worked this year.
2nd half needs some work, but still decent to follow.
All in all a beautiful canyon hike up to the Inception/Round the Mountain T.
Mountain was overcast most of the day and it rained on us a bit up high.
Nice canyon, good friends & a fun time on the north side!
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Sep 15 2015
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 Joined Aug 19 2011
 Scottsdale, AZ
Frye Creek Canyon - S'moresTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Sep 15 2015
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Canyoneering1.53 Miles 310 AEG
Canyoneering1.53 Miles
310 ft AEG
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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This Canyon has been on the List for awhile now...Once I really got my Feet Wet in Ouray, I knew I could do this Canyon so when a FB Friend threw out an Invite, I was in.... :y:

We did it as a Day Trip and took 2 Vehicles for a Shuttle. I thought that might have been Excessive, but by the Time we got back to the Vehicles, I was glad he did it that way... :sweat:

Early Start, got down there, got the Vehicles in place and started Hiking...I had a few Nerves on this Trip. I knew the Slickrock in this Canyon was a big Issue as far as Traction goes, I was going with 4 Guys that I had just met and I only knew the Experience of 1 of them. And we were all doing this Canyon for the 1st Time. :sweat: It turned out Fine with 1 small Exception...Oops... :o

We dropped in and followed the Creek down...No Slipping involved for most of us, but the Rappelling and the Sliding was sure a Blast...What an Awesome Canyon this was. Exceeded my Expectations and more...So Glad I got to do this one... :y:

Over 3/4 of the Way Down and I came to what looked like a Good Slide. One of the Guys had gone down before me, so when I asked about the Slide being Ok, he stated that it was...He must have somehow avoided what I hit. At the Bottom of the Slide, on the Slide itself, there must have some kind of Rock Outcropping under the Water and I hit it with my Left Heel with my Knee locked. I went from 20 MPH to a Dead Stop instantly and the Concussion and Compression traveled all the way up my Left Side almost to my Neck. Apparently one of my Ribs decided that the Buck should stop there and I felt something go... :( Was pretty sure something broke, but I didn't get it Confirmed until 2 Weeks later...(Today) I was Lucky and hadn't Punctured a Lung though, so that was Good. It hurt like Hell to Breathe, but at least I could Breathe. After the Initial Shock and Pain went away and everyone else had Downclimbed the Slide, we continued on, with me being a lot more Uncomfortable, but still under my Own Power. I was now quite a bit Slower as well. Rappelling wasn't too bad, but everything else was troublesome and I got Winded really easily due to Breathing much Shallower. ;) But...we made it down with just that 1 Incident and I was still Walking and Talking...And apparently Swimming. The Guys decided to try to Downclimb to the Dam and walk over on the Dam to the Vehicle. I looked at how Narrow the Top of the Dam was and said No Thanks and swam the Reservoir back to the Car. I ended up beating them all back there... :lol: After we Retrieved the other Vehicle, we hit the Road for Phoenix, tired but glad we saw and did such a Sweet Canyon...By the Time I got back to my Vehicle in Mesa, I had to basically fall out of Philip's SUV, I had gotten so stiff and sore. The Rib was getting seriously Painful and it was hard to Move at all. I didn't have Time for an Injury though, I was leaving for Zion the next Day... :sweat: (Details in Future Triplogs)

Great Canyon with Good People...Met some New Friends and had a Blast, even with the "Hiccup"....This Canyon will be an Annual One for me, it's that Good. Hope to do it just a Tad better the next Time around though... :sweat: I am now on "Light Duty" for at least another 8 Weeks...No Canyons, No Backpacking and probably nothing more than very Light Hikes where I don't have to carry much of a Pack...Time for some "Strictly Photography" Trips I guess... :) I feel extremely Lucky to have Escaped that little Incident with just 1 Rib...I should have Broken my Leg...Better to be out for Time, than for Surgery with Pins and Plates, and then Time.... :o

Photos...Quite a Few this Time. These Class C Canyons really make for some very Photogenic Rappelling Scenes and it's one of the Few Times I actually enjoy Photographing People... :D

Videos...There are 3...The First 2 are a slightly Sketchy Slide that we did. You hit your Tailbone a bit, but you're going so Fast that it's a glancing Blow... :lol: The 3rd is my Failure to Videotape myself doing a Slide that involved Potholes with Hydraulics...I've Fallen in a Hole and I can't get out.... :lol:

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Dec 09 2013
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51 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Frye Mesa ReservoirTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Fishing avatar Dec 09 2013
SkyIslander18
Fishing10.13 Miles 1,660 AEG
Fishing10.13 Miles
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It's been 2 years since my last fishing trip up to the reservoir, today was a perfect day for a revisit hike up to get a line wet!
Made the 3.5 mile hike up & down to this very pretty little lake and before settling in for some fishing, I first hiked around the shoreline getting pics of the dam, lake & awesome waterfall that feeds the reservoir. I then got out the fishing gear and made a little cove my camp for the next 3 hours. Didn't catch a pumpkin thing, but that was alright, I had the whole lake to myself all day just to enjoy being alone with my thoughts and listen to the sounds of small wakes hitting the shore in front of me and the roar of the waterfall behind me .......... It was wonderful!
As it got late in the day I hated to leave, wished I had brought overnight gear, but had to head back down the mountain. Arrived back at my truck with just enough light left to hike the short Spring Canyon nature trail before leaving.

One of my favorite trips of the year!
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Frye Mesa ReservoirTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Fishing avatar Nov 07 2011
SkyIslander18
Fishing7.89 Miles 1,675 AEG
Fishing7.89 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   2.69 mph
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This was really a scouting hike to check out Frye Mesa road up to the Frye Canyon Trail #36 that I have been wanting to complete for many years now. Problem is that the road up to the TH has been in just terrible shape for many years and I wanted to see if I want to tear up my 2 wheel drive truck to get up to it. In the last year Frye Mesa Reservoir has become a local big deal as the Game & Fish and Forest Service have improved the road and stocked the small lake with the endangered Gila Trout for catch & release, so I made the lake my destination for the day. As expected, the road up is a little better and doable in a 2wd, but not a road that I'll be tearing my little Ranger up on until more improvements are made. The hike up the roads switchbacks and across Frye Mesa was very scenic and this was a great hike in it's own right. The views of the now snow capped Pinalenos just got better & better as I arrived and dropped down to the reservoir. I haven't been to the reservoir in many years and forgot just how beautiful it is tucked away in Frye Canyon! I spent the first hour exploring the dam and doing a little fishing, caught 3 small brown trout, but none of the new Gila trout. I then walked around the lake and up into the upper canyon that feeds the lake to the big waterfall, this canyon is awesome and will be explored more in future trips. This was one of those trips that I wished I had packed for an overnight, I really did not want to leave the lake and ended up spending a little too much time on top and had to hike the last mile back in the cold dark. I really enjoyed this one !!!
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