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Nov 11 2016
arizona_water
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Bonita and Cibecue Creeks, AZ 
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Veterans Day weekend provided off, so we headed out to the Gila Box for what was supposed to be a chill backpacking trip. The posted route is of our route north (one-way).

Friday:
We left the Valley at 7a.m. The drive went by fast, but that last 5 miles on the road to Bonita Creek is slow and uncomfortable, to say the least. We arrived at 11a.m. and the creek was still super high from a recent flood event, which I verified with the stream gage data. Unfortunately, this made trekking on the banks and in the creek very difficult. Walking in the creek was very muddy and the water was deep. Walking on the banks was straight bushwhacking, every step of the way. Even with long sleeves and pants, my arms and legs were bleeding in the first few hundred meters. This was definitely not the greatest backpacking trip I've been on. We didn't make it to our planned destination (junction with Midnight Canyon) on Friday night and pitched the tents on a grassy-ish bank near the creek.

Saturday:
With the realization that we travelled three miles yesterday in five hours, we decided to just return back to the vehicle. I was a little disappointed we didn't get to see midnight canyon, but my feet were soaked and cold by this point, and I didn't care where we were going as long as I could take my boots off soon. We made better time on the return, arriving back at the vehicle in three hours. It was only 12:30pm, as we began the rough drive out, so we decided to to salvage the day. Originally, the plan was to drive over to Gillard Hot Springs and spend the night there on the banks of the Gila. But we chose to continue through Clifton and Morenci along highway 191. Wow, what an incredible drive! The San Francisco River in Clifton is one of epic historical and ecological value. Highway 191 then follows the ridgeline all the way through Hannagan's Meadow, and then on to Alpine. And the sunset seemed to follow us the whole way. We spent the night at a friend's cabin just outside of Pinetop.

Sunday:
After mandatory breakfast burritos at Eddie's Country Store, we drove down highway 60 to the Salt River and hiked to Cibecue Falls. The Creek was flowing higher than base flow. I saw the USGS/SRP stream gage and told the group about the comprehensive hydrologic models that SRP uses. After the hike, I walked down to the confluence with the Salt. This River is crucial to Arizona. This view and this hike certainly redeemed all my mixed feelings about the high-water Bonita Creek.

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Oct 29 2016
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This was a beautiful experience. I highly recommended it! I want to reiterate the important details about this hike:

#1) The dirt road to drive in does have some areas of sheer cliffs on the side and an SUV is recommended. You could probably do it in a car if you have higher clearance than average. You do have to cross a creek in your vehicle unless you take one of 2-3 available parking spots that appear immediately before the creek crossing to your left. You can park in one of those spots and start your hike by crossing the creek on foot, since you have to do that about 10-15 times during the hike anyway. But there is more parking if you simply drive across the creek, which is the normal parking area. It seemed like it could fit about 20 vehicles.

#2) The permits are for Noon to Noon. 24 hour pass. $15 per person (adult). We actually waited until Noon to enter the reservation just in case. I'm not sure how important that is.

#3) There is some trash along the hike. We didn't bring a garbage bag. I usually try to bring a trash bag to haul out trash that I discover. If you have the desire to, please bring a bag and help us all clean up the place a bit. I brought back some water bottles that we found and a few cans in my pack.

#4) Don't go after a rain, I read reviews online that said the water is much more brown/mucky after a rain. You also don't want the water to be too high. We were up to our knees a few times and hiked in October.

Enjoy!
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Jul 23 2016
emilystardust
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I put on my Dr. Phil hat and headed out to provide some hop therapy. Sometimes it's nice just to listen to the wilderness. :)
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I know most do this hike later when the temps heat up but hiking in cold water doesn't bother me. In fact, the water felt warmer than I was expecting. Great flow down the creek right now with lots of picturesque waterfalls to distract your attention along the way to the big payoff. A few folks showed up at the waterfall while I was waiting for the light to get good but other than that I had the canyon to myself. This is a great hike, even with the tribal permit requirement.
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With temps in the mid 70's in the White Mountains we thought it may be our only chance to see Cibecue Creek and the falls. (have to head back north soon) Creek was only flowing 30 cfs and was about the same temperature as a Canadian Lake in the summer. Called the Band office and found out a Band Member would be at the bridge dealing with the "rafters" so we could get day hiking passes from her. Road has had some repair work done and was in good condition. Lots of "rafters" on the Salt and few tourists at the trail head, but we had the creek all to ourselves. Lost count of how many times we crossed the stream, most crossings were ankle deep with a couple above the knees. Some boulder hopping and muddy spots make the hike just above "easy" but a great day trip.
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Feb 07 2016
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Had an adventure Sunday feb 7th, exploring canyons and chasing waterfalls. I found a few spots on the map, couple of seasonal waterfalls and then some known perennial waterfalls, that I wanted to visit. Altogether around 750 feet of waterfalls.

fist stop 2 am at a frozen 250ft seasonal waterfall because who doesn't like hiking around icy sheer cliff faces in complete darkness?
It was Saturday night clear skies and almost the new moon.
I began hiking my hike soon Hearing the sound of a running creek I began to get very excited. Hopping along the rocks in the icy creek bed my anticipation built, and soon enough right in front of me the creek disappears into complete blackness. I carefully walk to the icy edge of the waterfall knowing one mis-step my life would be over. Shining my headlamp down I can see absolutely nothing because it only shines 120 feet not even half way to the bottom of the waterfall. Looking across I can see a faint cliff face that looked like it would be a good vantage point to view the fall.
I thought it would be an easy hike over, but it turns out hiking in the pitch black on the edge of cliffs is a bit of a challenge as it helps to be able to see where you are going. My destination ended up being a narrow rock spire that jetted out from the canyon sides. I had just enough room to sit on the edge and set up my tripod and take a few pictures. Not seeing much I could hear the sound of the falls, the wind howling, and large chunks of ice breaking off the falls and crashing into the waters below.
Definitely not the safest thing but it was quite the rush and a good start to the next 24 hours of adventure!

I love the night but nothing beats a bright warm sun! After my night photography adventures I drove to a scenic vista pull off on the side of the HW so I would have a great view for the sunrise. Getting to sleep around 4, I awoke in a daze around 5:30 to loud country music! Why person did you decided to pull up next to me and blast music for an hour? Couldn’t you have parked anywhere else? or at least like better music? I have no idea but I was too unconscious to do anything about it at the time. I got up around 7:30 to soak in the sunrise, then start my drive down a long dirt road to another seasonal waterfall. Stopping next to the river along the way to cook some breakfast and sing songs with my Father. Ended up having such a sweet time leaving me in tears feeling extremely loved, cared for, and accepted. Moments like these are what I live for. Peace that I can’t even understand! The eggs were delicious too.

Next stop another seasonal waterfall
Out of all the falls I visited that day this was my favorite. The falls cascade down 450ft of powerful and almost majestic looking cliff faces, I had so much fun climbing up this waterfall, I took a shower in the fall, bathed in its pools, laid out on the rocks soaking in the sun and took a nap listening to the relaxing sounds of the falls.
After my nap I hiked down and started off the the next waterfall I wanted to visit that day.

Next stop Lower Falls of Cibecue Creek, many of you might recognize this spot because it's a popular swimming hole in the summer months.
Even though it is winter time and the water was very cold, the flow was very strong due to snow melt so I really wanted to see the falls raging! I got to the trail-head later in the afternoon giving me just enough time to hike in and out in time to get to a vista to watch the sun set. That’s if I started then but I decided to rest first as I was feeling my last two adrenaline filled hikes on top of little sleep. I hit the trail a little after 5 with my watermelon in hand. The canyon views are very striking; I really love this part of AZ. I knew with the creek so high I would not be able to stay out of the water. On the first crossing the water didn’t feel too cold but with each crossing it seemed to get colder. I got to the falls just as the sun was setting; it was quite a powerful scene. The falls demand respect, its roar amplified by the narrow slot canyon walls that the water carved. The flow was so strong the fall was split into 3 separate falls, creating a 2 ft wave at the base and a good amount of foam on the water. Just me and the bats there to soak it all in.
The hike back proved to be a challenge in the dark, not being able to see the bottom of the creek and having numb feet from the cold. What’s a good adventure without challenge? I’d definitely do it again!
On my way out I had one more waterfall to visit. Apache Falls are very easy to get to, not too far off the HW, but is one of the few waterfalls in AZ that is in a river not a creek. It is an impressive fall because of the size and the amount of water flowing over them (especially after snowmelt).

Snowmelt swells the river to a roar as she winds through the towering majestic canyon walls, a sight only the stars can fully take in.
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Just wanted to update others on permits, since we ran into a couple issues. We went to Sportman's Warehouse in Mesa to purchase permits, as we decided somewhat last minute that this was going to be the destination. They informed us that their machine had broken back in September, and it had been picked up to get fixed and never returned. The lady told us we could get permits closer to the destination, which I assumed meant the Globe area. Quickly Googled Black/Salt River Special Use Permits to find an alternate location and several convenience stores/gas stations were listed. We picked up what we thought were the correct permits (they were called Black/Salt River Special Use Permits) from Express Stop in Globe and ended up paying $25 each. However, I realized when we returned home that they were for the adjacent San Carlos Reservation. I am guessing we had the wrong permits, so I am glad we didn't get stopped anywhere. I would definitely recommend just purchasing online from the White Mountain Apache website.
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The drive in was just fine. We parked before the creek crossing, as the creek was pretty high from the big storms we've gotten the past 2 weeks.

The storms also caused the creek to be chocolate brown. The area was absolutely gorgeous but I plan to come back again next summer and hope for clearer water. The water was so dark that you couldn't see even an inch deep. This made it impossible to see rocks just below the surface and left us unable to judge the water depth anywhere. This was a fun challenge but it took us a lot longer to reach the waterfall because of it.

The water was usually about ankle to mid calf deep, except towards the end where we got some places that were over waist deep when trying to avoid the very thick and deep mud on the sides of the canyons. Water temp was chilly but definitely not cold. Air temp was in the low-mid 80's so it was perfect.

It was a gorgeous day, no signs of the monsoons we've been having recently and we had a great time.

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Canyoneering3.10 Miles 240 AEG
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After our GC hike, we're trying to fall in to the same trap as after Havasu Falls. It is hard to match the level of excitement of those hikes. Cibecue seemed to have a little of their flare, but short enough to not require their preparation requirements.
Before we got to the hike we had a few noteworthy experiences. The first were the problems getting permits from WMAoutdoors.org's website, I suspect the site was just overloaded with the Memorial day crunch, because first thing the morning of our hike I checked back and was able to effortlessly acquire the two permits needed. First however we, in lieu of our first failed attempt with WMA website, the night before our hike, we went to the 27th ave Sportsman's Warehouse, and were told that this store no longer carried the permits, only their Mesa Store did. Long story short, if we hadn't been able to purchase permits online, our hike wouldn't have started at noon but probably 1:30. Either way we were glad to finally tackle this trail.
I am not sure why their permitting system forces you to start your adventures at noon, the beginning of the hottest part of the day, but luckily we had fairly mild day with plenty of over cast and cool 82 degree weather. The permit is good till noon following day and includes camping but in all the confusion of getting the permit we gave up on trying to plan camping trip.
The drive on the last 4 miles of dirt road was little stressful in a Altima but in the end proved doable. But we got started right a noon. We saw plenty of people hiking back out. Some had packs and had clearly camped in the canyon. The water was very clear and just cold enough enough to be refreshing but not warm enough to want to swim in. Very beautiful hike, I might compare it to Aravaipa, one of the coves reminded Wendi of the cave on Fish Creek, and parts reminded her of Oak Creek. Some have compared it to Havasu, and it had a little of those blue-green waters.
We could hear the rush of the falls before we ever saw them, and the anticipation did not lead to disappointment. The shadows of the over hangs grew in and out as the clouds danced with the sun above casting their own shadows on the wall to wall waters, broken only by small pebbled islands, that pooled in the final, allowable, fifty feet of the Cibecue Canyon.
We were one of two couples who had reached the canyon at the same time and the 4 of us alone shared falls together. Wendi and I sat on side to eat our lunch of Tuna and jerky, which proved too much for the other couples K9 companion. She left her humans, and ignored their calls, to saunter over and get some pets from us, but no treats. Finally she relented to the calls of her owners but every once in awhile tried to make an attempt to cross back over but sadly we only got the one visit. As cat owners we can only live our K9 dreams vicariously through others.
We didn't see to much fauna. Possibly, a partial bear track, a few schools of minnows, one pesky pill sized breed of bug that looked like a moth. It was grey blue and kept attaching itself to my leg, and I am not usually bothered by stowaways, they can usually ride for free as long as they like, but this was either biting or really holding tight. I kept brushing him off, but for the first 1/4 mile of the hike he would just reappear seconds later often in exactly the same spot. We were able to stay, with the exception of the first crossing from the alternate parking area, dry until we reached Gauging Station, then we had to get wet, after that my little buggy friend seemed to go away. Besides that not much else until I spotted this crazy creature in the water. It reminded me of that ear-thingy in the Wrath of Kahn. I stepped towards it to get a picture, it was clinging to the calcite covered gold rock in the current of the water, and it seemed to lung at my feet before retreating back an inch. I now know that it was Hellgrammite, and the larva of the Dobsonfly which is the same 2" long demon but with wings. I saw pictures of people with these things in their hand! Not me, no thank you.
On the drive home there was a head-on collision blocking Hghwy 77/60, both directions. Sadly, it was a car vs. semi, there was a fatality. For us, it meant a 1/2 hour, sitting there with the ignition off. I guess we were situated close enough the crash in a stretch of highway which they needed to have cleared. Besides the horse-trailer behind us the rest and thirty cars ahead, the rest of the traffic were waiting another 4 hours, both directions. The truck driver looked safe and in good health, if a little distressed.
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May 21 2014
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The family and I wanted to get out of town for the day so we took up this hike. We parked before the creek and walked across to the trail head. The first thing that caught our eye was the huge canyon walls, for some reason I was enamored by them.

The hiking was fun we took our time and crossed the creek back and forth quite a few times. I climbed the gaging station to play around, but the cable cart was locked up :( Our son was having a blast wading in out out of the pools in the creek.

Surprisingly we did not see much wildlife except for one loan squirrel and a bright red cardinal. The creek is such a beautiful place we enjoyed every turn. There is a cool little cave that the water must have carved out as some is very cool, the water is clear with a greenish blue tint to it. I could hear the water fall just before we made it around the last turn. The waterfall was was awesome. I took my day pack off and we relaxed here for quite some time, had some fun and enjoyed the water.

The hike back was uneventful but I did a cool refection picture in one of the pools. Overall we always have fun when the family and I are hiking together :)
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I haven't posted for awhile so I thought I would check in with a special recent trip. I finally visited Cibecue Creek. Of all the places I've been throughout this state, I'm frankly amazed it took me this long to come hear. The upper grotto waterfall is very unique and special. Although the creek along the way up had it's moments, they all fall short of the last 1/4 mile. That's where the money is. The entire experience is well worth the $15 price of admission. I went during the week on a rather cool day so I had the entire place to myself. That's just how I wanted it. While driving out at the end of the day I was blessed with a scrumptious view of the Salt River at Mule Hoof Bend that was simply perfect. Really fun trip.


Eric



Warning: This canyon is particularly dangerous during summer monsoon months. The upper watershed for Cibecue Creek is very large. Flash floods from the upper watershed can be violent and happen with little notice in the lower canyon. Sun shining at the TH and along the lower hike route does not guarantee safety. Anyone within a 1/4 mile of the upper grotto waterfall (official hike end) would not likely survive a large flash flood. Take great care in analyzing local weather data prior to planning a visit during monsoon season. *See below link for current and historical USGS stream flow data within Cibecue Creek.

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/az/nwis/uv/?s ... 0065,00060


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about 30 people in the canyon, use-trails make it a breeze
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We were sort of in the area and I needed to check this one out.

The 4 mile long drive off of Rt 60 was accessible for any vehicle. But......
** Note ** Unless you have 4 x 4, Do NOT try to cross the creek to get to the TH. Park on the east side of the creek and walk across. You are going to get wet anyway. The creek is not deep, is covered in small rocks and looks easy to cross, but you WILL sink and get stuck. I read the Tibber/Snakemarks triplog were they got stuck and had to get towed and there was another non-4 x 4 Toyota that was stuck trying to get back across while we were there. Luckily Joe talked me into parking before crossing.

Now, the hike... We started about 2:30p and there were 7 or 8 vehicles at the TH, so we expected a crowd. Luckily for us, we passed everyone of them leaving, as we were going to the falls.

There are use trails for the majority of this hike on both sides, but why not just walk through the water.

The whole hike was real picturesque, but turning that corner and seeing the falls and that Blue water...BAM!. Quite the site... pictures do not do it justice. We cooled off for a bit and the made our way back to collect the truck.

A long drive out there, but something that needs to be seen.

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Came in through Tank and went through some nice canyon. Apache guides are required.
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 Apache Junction,
Cibecue CreekGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 03 2012
snakemarks
Canyoneering3.10 Miles 85 AEG
Canyoneering3.10 Miles
85 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Another August trip here with my son, Nick... this time he brought his girlfriend, Alex. A recent transplant from Michigan, she was suffering through her first summer here and jumped at the chance to join our water adventure. I love playing tour guide to those who are new to AZ. Experiencing their first-timer awe and excitement gives me the opportunity to see old places through new eyes and it helps to remind me never to take this incredible landscape for granted. She was so impressed simply from the 2+ hour drive to get there, the trip was a success before the hike even began. "WOW!" would be the word of the day.

With all of the recent rain, I was afraid the creek water would be muddy like last year. When the Salt River came into view as we drove in, it looked like melted chocolate. There was so much mud in the water that it was creating new islands as it settled out. Although I knew this was no indication of the creek conditions, I mentally prepared for the worst just in case. But, the Universe smiled on us and as we neared the end of the dirt road, I could see clear water merging into the muddy Salt - the exact opposite of the situation last time. In spite of the Salt River looking like a fast moving mudslide, the creek was fairly clear and completely inviting. We wasted no time getting our feet wet.

The banks were muddy (as always, I suspect) and there was only one other set of human footprints, along with those of his obviously large dog. There were a lot of animal tracks - raccoon, coyote, black bear, cow (what?!). Several cow pies later, I was thinking how hilarious it would be to see a cow walking around in here. The only way in or out of the creek was via the road we came in on and it seemed like an odd place for a cow to be. There were lots of deep pools filled with small fish that would nibble our legs if we stood still too long (creepy).

When we reached the falls, we discovered that it was already occupied by a group of four - ducks. They were 'playing' - racing back and forth in the frothy water in front of the thundering falls. We watched with much amusement for 15 minutes until they tired of our scrutiny and sped off down the creek, skimming the water in a half run/half fly that was even funnier.

On our hike back out was when I spied the bear tracks that were heading toward the falls. I'm glad I didn't see them earlier on our way in, as I would have been compelled to spend the entire hike on orange alert instead of having fun.

Aside from the two suspicious looking men we saw sitting in a parked truck near the turn off from the highway on our drive in, we saw no other people or vehicles all day.


Great trip! :y:
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Jul 18 2012
writelots
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47 female
 Joined Nov 22 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Cibecue CreekGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 18 2012
writelots
Canyoneering3.10 Miles 85 AEG
Canyoneering3.10 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   1.01 mph
85 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
After reading Santa Rita Bill's trip description on Arizona Hikers, my interest in this spot was renewed. I realized I'd be driving right past it on my way up to the White Mountains to visit mom and hike in Bear Wallow. Perfect! And, it was a week day, so I knew I'd have the place to myself.

And I was right. Just me and the cattle in the canyon the whole time. Some humming birds zipped by and a few lizards made an appearance, but it was a delightful, isolated experience.

I started hiking at about 11:15a, but since I was in the creek it never felt too hot. I spent a lot of time trying deliberately to stay in the water, but at about 45 minutes to my turn-around time of 1pm, I still hadn't reached the falls. I was determined not to fall short this time - not on a 3 mile round trip - so I picked up the pace and was at the falls about 15 mintues later. I hung out for a short time, swam and snapped some photos, then headed back at 1pm. It took half the time getting back as usual.

Fantastic short creek hike - would do again in a heartbeat.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cibecue Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Flowing good, but not nearly as high as it must've been just a few days before.
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Aug 06 2011
snakemarks
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 Photos 2,699
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 Joined Oct 31 2007
 Apache Junction,
Cibecue CreekGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Aug 06 2011
snakemarks
Canyoneering3.80 Miles 85 AEG
Canyoneering3.80 Miles
85 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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I usually enjoy a hike more the second time I do it. On the first pass through unfamiliar territory, sensory overload and the greater need for navigational awareness causes me to miss a lot of other details that are better appreciated in subsequent visits. But then, sometimes your first impression of a place is so glorious that it sets the bar impossibly high for future success...

Arriving at the creek, my enthusiasm abruptly tanked when I saw the velvety, chocolate milk colored water, thickly saturated with sticky mud. I had my son with me and at the same time I said, "Oh, #%@!", he said, "Oh, COOL!" Talk about different perspectives! Being a fairly recent transplant from the cooler and much wetter Pacific Northwest, he was more than sick of roasting alive in the scorching desert and just the simple fact that he was standing in cool liquid caused him to be delirious with joy. My disappointment over the situation was lost on him as he rushed ahead into the frothy, brown waters. ~ sigh ~ I guess sometimes you gotta look at things through someone else's eyes to reconnect with reality. He was thrilled enough for both of us, and since that was my primary goal in coming here, the trip was already a success.

But, oh the mud! With zero visibility in the water, caution was King and the going was painfully slow at times. Fortunately, there were enough opportunities for land travel to keep up a decent overall pace. And, I have to agree, cool liquid is also King (regardless of hue or viscosity) and we took advantage of every opportunity along the way to drop our packs and submerge. But, nothing prepares you for what's around that last bend. Muddy or not, the falls are still awesome and well worth the price of admission (which is still $15).

There has been some discussion over the distance to the falls and I am pleased to be able to settle that debate... sort of. I had the brilliant revelation of putting Lithium Ultimate AA's in my GPS instead regular or rechargeable batteries, thinking that the 'enhanced' power might be able to pull in a signal. This was (nearly) a complete success and I had a perfect GPS track all the way to the falls. When we stopped to enjoy a long break there, I tucked my pack under the deep alcove where my GPS continued it's 'journey' without me, logging an additional 2.5 miles of wild spaghetti which obliterated the track with nonsense. Luckily, I had the presence of mind to set a waypoint before it went haywire, so I have the co-ordinates for the falls (see last photo in set). The actual distance to the falls (as a smooth line drawn on a TOPO map) is just over 1.5 miles. The distance you must hike to get there is somewhat greater, depending on conditions. In our blind, serpentine trek for the best route, we logged 1.85 and it took us over 2 hours (but, we goofed off a lot).

Note: Unless your ride has wings, the 4 mile dirt road going in is currently impassable at the creek's confluence with the Salt River. The drop-off from the bank is enough to bottom out a monster truck and the creek is a minefield of giant boulders that you can't avoid (no, I did not try it). Parking would be along the road wherever you could squeeze in without blocking it.
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Mar 20 2011
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 Routes 1
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44 male
 Joined Jan 18 2011
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Cibecue CreekGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Mar 20 2011
sheideman
Canyoneering4.00 Miles 85 AEG
Canyoneering4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
85 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
I - Short 1-2 hours
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Took a drive up to Cibecue canyon today to do a little non-technical canyoneering. It was a very pleasant trip. The weather was really nice. Water was a little chilly, but not too bad at all. Just before the final turn to the falls, I dropped my camera in the water ](*,) D'OH! This is one of my favorite hikes--it is very easy, but the scenery is breathtaking!
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