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Parker Canyon - Tonto NF - 8 members in 50 triplogs have rated this an average 4.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 15 2022
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Parker Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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eruTriplogs 15
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We originally went out to check out whatever viewpoints FR288 could offer as a slack day, then eyed the creek and thought "hey we could get down there" and poked around a bit. It ended up being gorgeous and well worth the minimal effort required.

I'm leaving the canyon rating as Grade 3 even though we went down Grade 1 as to not throw off the actual canyoneers. :)

An older SUV was backing up the road as we went down, I ended up waving down the driver and handing them a still warm crap they had popped off the bottom of their vehicle. The missus in the passenger seat wasn't impressed with the situation.
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Sep 05 2020
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 Mesa, AZ
Parker Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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The lovely Mrs Dilling and I decided to escape the broiler oven that is the Phoenix metro area and make our way to higher and cooler purlieu of the Sierra Ancha Mountains. We opted for Parker Canyon and Hog Canyon area. We basically accessed these cool areas via the roads off the 288. My wife is not a hiker and even though it was cooler up there, it was still hot, we opted to wander the edges of the canyon and not venture down into the poison ivy forest at the bottom.

A very windy day up in the Sierra Ancha yesterday, but the clouds made it very nice. We hiked along the edges to see as much of Parker Canyon as we could. Such a scenic area. There was no water flowing at all, but the ground was damp from recent rain showers. Dark clouds threatened rain, but we never felt as much as a drop. There was smoke off in the distance to the north towards Young. Looks like yet another fire in the area.

We made it to Hog Canyon and decided to stay for the sunset. There were a good number of clouds so I figured we might get to see a nice one. Mother Nature abided and we were treated to a really vibrant color show once the sun dropped below the horizon near Four Peaks.

The Salt fire really roasted the area south of the lake along the 188. Both sides of the highway were burnt up pretty good. There was some fire damage along the 288 going towards the bridge, but it almost looked like back burning more than the fire reaching there. There were no signs of any fire damage once we cross the Salt River. After watching most of the Superstition Wilderness succumb to fires the past few years and the Four Peaks area getting consumed this year, it would really break my heart if this area was roasted too.

I will take my wife to the other side of the range, off Cherry Creek Road, on our next adventure in the Sierra Ancha. Such a wonderful area.

Here's a video compilation of our visit: [ youtube video ]
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Oct 27 2018
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48 male
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 Gilbert, AZ
Parker Creek - Upper, AZ 
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Small creeks are wonderful right now. Creeks that typically never run this time of year have beautiful natural flow. We've just had so much rain over the summer and fall. I'm hoping it continues clear through winter. Our state needs it. I decided to explore a few segments of upper Parker Creek. A highly overlooked area with so much beauty hiding just beneath the surface and all easily accessible. It was a difficult choice but I settled in on this idyllic little spot. My other choice was too far away to photograph both on the same day. That was fine. I don't like rushing. Now I have an excuse to go back!


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Sycamores are really far along. Other misc. creek vegetation showed some nice color. A nice mix of summer green and fall yellow. Enjoyable overall.
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May 20 2017
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Parker Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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Water flow was light but enjoyable. The algae blooms were pretty big in some of the standing ponds of water but overall, the canyon was in great condition. The only negative was the massive amounts of poison ivy all over the canyon floor. The bottom area of the last big rap was just covered in PI and it made for a nerve-wracking hike up the sneak exit. We all promptly stripped down and changed as soon as we got to our car for fear of a major spread of PI oils.
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Apr 12 2017
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 Las Vegas, NV
Parker Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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autumnstarsTriplogs 1,391
Canyoneering3.61 Miles 1,147 AEG
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A super-fun canyon with good flow on this day. Several rappels in waterfalls, one good slide.
Interesting rock and good colors. At times, this felt like a Zion canyon.
Exited via "sneak route" after the last rappel, not Cadillac Exit.

Watch out for poison ivy after the last rappel!
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Apr 02 2017
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Water flow was moderate and a bit cold but it was incredibly fun! Went out through the sneak route after the last big waterfall (not Cadillac exit).
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 Gilbert, AZ
Parker Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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Took advantage of all the recent precip and snowfall to see Parker flowing strong. The down-climb to the big fall was "interesting" with a pretty steady flow of water most of the way, which made foot placement and focus all the more demanding. Caught an amazing AZ sunset over Four Peaks on the drive out. Great day!
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Apr 16 2016
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Parker Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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knmurphyTriplogs 222
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We ran over to Parker after finishing The Jug to make the most of our time. The flow was OK and the water was nice and cold.
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Apr 16 2016
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Parker Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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Did this after the jug on Saturday. We suprisingly knocked this off really quickly(little over 3 hours). Really surprising considering the size of our groupl
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Dec 26 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Parker Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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Sierra Ancha has gotten some of the best rain in the state over the past week or two, so I headed to Parker Canyon to check the flow and see what kind of waterfalls I could check out without technical gear or getting too wet. Turns out there was a ton of water, but I wasn't prepared for what would be needed to explore that canyon. Followed the creek for a ways, then when it got too risky I climbed out and photographed sunset from the edge. Camped a very cold night near the Parker Creek trailhead.
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Nov 13 2015
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Parker Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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My first descent into upper Parker Canyon. My friend Dean and I met up with Jason (thanks to Pam (outdoor lover) for making the introduction to Jason). We gathered up our gear and drove to the mouth of Parker.

Started our descent around 10am. A few small rappels to start things off. Each one dropping into near icy cold pools. Jason and Dean wore full suits. I had my shorty.

Very light water flow. The final 80 foot rap makes for a strong finish before exiting the canyon. Was able to swing out to my right to stay dry on the last rappel.
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Apr 16 2015
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Parker Canyon - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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Party of 11... :D Sweet Canyon with a few Rappels and a Waterslide.... :y: The Canyon Tree Frogs are out in Numbers so you had to watch your Step... :) I stayed pretty busy and was elected to be among the first to do each Rappel and either Belay everyone else or go help scout out the next Anchor and get it Rigged Up...As Efficient as it went, with 11 People it still took awhile to get down the Canyon. :sweat: Some of the others were planning another Short Canyon after this one, but they simply didn't have time. The Water was still Running and a little Chilly, but a Full Wetsuit was fine, until the Gale Force Winds came up the Canyon on the Last Rappel...Then it got a little Brisk... :sweat: The Exit out is straight up a Drainage and although I was, of course, the last one up, no one seemed to mind and they didn't beat me by much... :) And then it was a short Hike back to the Vehicles. Sweet little Canyon and I'm glad I finally got to see it...

Photos...Very few actually and some of me were taken by others...I think I've set a New Personal Record for the Least Amount of Photos taken in a 4 Day Trip...I was either too busy on Advance Teams, Belaying, Chatting with People or Watching People have some Fun. The Last Canyon, I ran out of Battery so I was done there too... :lol: I guess you can all consider yourselves spared from the Massive Amount of Photos this Trip... :D
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Feb 01 2015
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Dec 20 2014
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I had a great evening with my dad out on the far outer west edge of Parker Canyon. It was his birthday weekend and this is one of his favorite destinations. I love it too so it was an easy mutual decision. The days end light was simply scrumptious. It was a special evening.


MERRY CHRISTMAS
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Nov 28 2014
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Discovered this area via Google Earth. A jungle of sycamore and briars pops up in the middle of this desert area off of A-Cross Road, East of Roosevelt Lake. Hiked from the "desert jungle" down a dirt road towards a section of Parker Canyon that is 4 miles downstream from the traditional section where many have started their canyoneering and rappelling adventures. I found a half mile long slotted section that was easy enough to navigate with just a couple of boulder scrambles and a waist deep pool that I stemmed across in an effort to stay "somewhat dry." Being only 40 degrees or so, I wasn't motivated to go any deeper than, well you know, the sensitive areas. Found a cool weeping wall that sounded like rain as I came around one of the bends. A very interesting alcove it was, with strange rock formations.
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Sep 05 2014
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For my moms birthday we rented a small cabin in Young for a four day weekend. Sweet little place. We plan on making it a tradition. I utilized the opportunity to do some exploring throughout the surrounding area. I truly love Young. The rolling grassy hills and cottonwoods are like heaven for me. Its just crazy green right now. Parker Canyon looks like Hawaii. I had a great trip. It was a nice way to close out the summer.


Eric
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Took a mini-vacation from work (flex days for a previous weekend worked), which meant I still went into work anyway and managed to get out of town around 2pm. This means my original backpacking plans weren't going to work out, but I still needed something. I decided the Parker Canyon cliffs west of hwy 288 would be a good place to camp and observe some sweet monsoon weather, so that where I headed. Not much else to report except that I slept in the back of my car and ran around all evening and the following morning chasing clouds. Was a good time, and now I get to return to work.
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May 05 2014
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Really fun. Water was very cold, glad we had our wetsuits.
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We decided to take on Parker Canyon on the same weekend we planned to do Salome Jug with a campout in between. That was a great decision!

The road to the parking spot for Parker was eroded and at least a Subaru Outback is required (and a good driver).

We arrived and found another party ahead of us. A guide and two clients. He gave us a couple hints regarding poison ivy and they were off. The hike down into the canyon is basically a poison ivy minefield. Some of the plants were absolutely enormous, so much for frost freeze backs... We backtracked and then down climbed close to the old gauge station (at least that is what I thought it was) to avoid exposure.

The first rappel was short and off a deadmans anchor into a pool. Typically I'd go last off sketchy anchors but Joel had tugged on it and it seemed almost bomber. So I went first to test the water. Brrr! It was cold! Glad I had my shorty on!

Next came a couple of slides! Fun!

We made a point of practicing the riggings we had learned in the workshop we attended. For the second rappel I rigged a releasable Munter mule under the chockstone. I definitely need to practice more as it took me a few minutes to set! But we didn't care about the time, it was hot outside of the canyon so we might as well make the most of the nice cool canyon!

The forth rappel Joel set a releasable and reminded me to pay attention since I was first. Right below the start was a couple bunches of Columbines! Beautiful. I looked down and saw that Joel had purposely thrown short. So I locked off and shouted to him to lower me. Once the rope touched the water he held me on belay as I finished rappelling.

The last rappel was the longest at about 80 feet. The top has a great view of Roosevelt Lake framed by the cliffs. For me, it's weird to see a lake. This rappel is a fun one! At the bottom we practiced ascending. I used a GriGri and a Croll. Practice, practice, practice!

We then picked our way along the poison ivy lined path to the exit route. It's a steep climb requiring a lot of scrambling. We were treated to a rattlesnake as we climbed!

We then made our way back to the car enduring the heat of the desert. Due to the heat, we choose to camp under trees next to the creek instead of finding on of the spots with a nice view of the lake and 4 peaks.

I'll edit my mileage once I fix up my tracklog...
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