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Fish Creek Canyon - Upper Bridge - 34 members in 95 triplogs have rated this an average 4.2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 27 2020
ScottHika
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 Phoenix
Tortilla TH to Fish Creek Bridge, AZ 
Tortilla TH to Fish Creek Bridge, AZ
 
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ScottHika
Hiking14.90 Miles 4,062 AEG
Hiking14.90 Miles   8 Hrs   28 Mns   1.85 mph
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This was not a standard hike so there is no "official" connected route. I haven’t been in here since before Woodbury fire so was interested in changes from that blaze. It’s a little warm yet (little over 100) but I decided to do the 15 mile trek. I packed 15 pounds mostly water. I use a gravity filter but was not sure I would find any usable H2O this time of year. I ended up not using it.

I started at Tortilla Trailhead at Apache 88 and hiked the Forest road 213 the 3+ miles down past Tortilla ranch. I have a SUV but it doesn't have the clearance to survive the first quarter mile. A notable change is that the large wooden gateway announcing entry to Tortilla Ranch is now partly burned down. The old Tortilla corral still has barbed wire and some burnt wooden fence posts. If you haven’t been to the Tortilla well in a few years, the windmill (by the start of Peter’s) is down and smashed to pieces.

A lot of cacti have been destroyed but not everything was torched. The catclaw has been reduced some but will no doubt return with a vengeance. I took JF to poke around the Miller site. The fire blazed pretty heavily in that area but a lot of invasive grass has grown back. I throw my socks away after hikes like this because of all the foxtails and other pricklers that I pick up. I always find new things, and also little pieces of this and that in the mine area (and leave them), and pay my respects to the old timers.

I took a no name canyon to Lost Dutchman, said hello to a few rattlesnakes, and dropped by a cave. The water situation is really dry in September, especially this year of record heat. Except for stagnant collections near a few springs, there was no water in lower Lost Dutch Canyon. I also saw no water in Fish Creek until about 3 miles up from the Bridge. I pocketed a few walnut size gold nuggets that I found in the dry bed, and then made my way past the emerging frog pools. A few small trickles appeared before disappearing entirely.

Fish Creek really is a beautiful canyon and there are no hints of fire here except scattered pieces of burnt driftwood that floated down from the upper canyons. If you don't like boulder hopping then don't come here. You need reasonably good route finding skills (and endurance) to navigate this area. Please do not overestimate your ability. The large trees and high cliffs were appreciated as they kept the sun off my back for a good stretch. I escaped the large boulders blocking the exit and looked up at the bridge. I think it's sad that this great passage is now abandoned to return to nature.
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Mar 28 2020
ddgrunning
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50 male
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 Gilbert, AZ
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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ddgrunning
Canyoneering7.82 Miles 1,657 AEG
Canyoneering7.82 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   1.73 mph
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I got a little impatient with the traffic to the vista, but then left civilization behind and enjoyed the creek to myself. Most of Fish Creek Hill would still be passable with high clearance and 4WD except the total blockage about 200 yards up from the bridge, where several truck-sized boulders detached from
the canyon wall and repositioned themselves right in the middle of the road.

I tried to stay dry for the first mile or so, but hit “the” big boulder block, at which point I went all in and embraced the wet. In hindsight, I’d just embrace the creek from the get—go next time.

Ran into a couple of spots with quicksand, where my plant foot sunk clear up to my crotch. Not too hard to get out, but it kept me guessing whether my next step would be met with solid ground, or a “false floor.”

Couldn’t prescribe any better therapy for these pandemic-crazed times.

The late afternoon lighting in the canyon was beautiful.

*mileage and elevation gain are clearly off. #canyonlife
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Dec 02 2018
adilling
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57 male
 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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adilling
Hiking6.10 Miles 950 AEG
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Fish Creek is an amazing place. The canyon walls, the beautiful riparian area, everything about this place is wonderful. Add in some falls colors and you have something even more amazing.

We hiked in from the bridge and went up about 3 miles. The usual "trail, what trail?" was there before us. I don't think I have hiked this place the same way any of the times I have been in here. Boulder hopping, cliff climbing, bushwhacking, that is what makes this place so great. It keeps out the masses with this tangled and twisted path.

The colors were popping, but based on all the leaves on the ground, we missed the peak by a week or two. Either way, it was still so beautiful. The weather was cloudy and gloomy. The sun did not make an appearance during the hike. We got a few sprinkles here and there, but no steady rain. That made for a cool and humid hike.

We did notice that some a**hole has taken a can of red spray paint to a few of the rocks and trees at the beginning. None past that, luckily. Whoever thinks spraying idiotic messages on the rocks in here is a good idea, I hope a boulder lands on you and does all of us a favor.

I will come back to this special place in the springtime to see the transformation again. Fish Creek is one of my favorites in the Supes for sure.
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Mar 02 2018
KBKB
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
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KBKB
Canyoneering2.00 Miles 453 AEG
Canyoneering2.00 Miles   4 Hrs   41 Mns   0.54 mph
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Four of us hiked a bit of Fish Creek Canyon on Friday morning. I think we made it about a mile up canyon before being turned back by bees.

It wasn't clear to us whether we were hearing buzzing from a nearby hive or if there were simply bees in some flowering trees. A hive could be seriously dangerous, but bees looking for pollen in trees, not so much. In any case, we decided to turn back.

Even so, the part we hiked was both scenic and fun. It ended up being warmer than any of us expected; we definitely came over-dressed.

We were able to do it without getting our feet too wet. The part we did seemed like 1A to me, though I can see how it might be 1B or possibly even C if there's more water.
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Dec 04 2017
ssk44
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 Gilbert, AZ
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
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Things are starting to happen along Fish Creek. :D
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Ash, cottonwood, and sycamore.
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Dec 10 2016
Digital_Sherpa
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 Gilbert, AZ
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
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Digital_Sherpa
Canyoneering6.30 Miles 950 AEG
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I only had a half day (including travel time) to play in this awesome little canyon so I didn't get as far into it as I had hoped this time. Still, great foliage and much easier picking routes around obstacles since water wasn't flowing throughout. I think this is the first time I've left this place with dry shoes.
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Nov 14 2015
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Tortilla-Fish Mesa - Fish Creek Canyon Loop, AZ 
Tortilla-Fish Mesa - Fish Creek Canyon Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking13.00 Miles 2,134 AEG
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Tortilla-Fish Mesa offers exceptional views. I'll link it in the spirit of The Eagle and 9L... however we only covered a quarter mile of the access. The jellybean and I tackled this monster six years ago. What I recall was a never ending obstacle course and flat out amazement she hiked with me again.

When I greeted Bruce this morning a deep raspy Jabba the Hut replied hello. Off trail and head/chest colds do not mix but I admired his determination!

From the Fish Creek bridge the hike up SR88 is easier than anticipated. We headed off trail...

This was Bruce's pick and I'd hiked it before so all was good. Not. Had I simply read my previous triplogs and looked at the map this may have gone better. Bruce's cold didn't put him into the groove for this adventure and our pace was not working so we aborted to FR213 to bypass the ridge. Which we hoped would net enough time to add in Owen's boy scout cave.

FR213 is a highway so we had time to hit the alcove/cave. Bruce was amazed a seventy year old dragged jlp and I to the cave. I was amazed that while our hike worked with gps and cairns how easily Owen knew the route. If you miss a cairn it gets ugly quick.

Fish Creek sprinkled in Autumn foliage is a treat. Our route became much easier than anticipated too. In 2009 Janelle and I dodged and skirted miles of water whereas today the entire upper end was dry.

Only three small groups of hikers in the half mile near the bridge. Absolutely perfect temps throughout the day.
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Nov 14 2015
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Fish Creek Ridge - Fish Creek Canyon Loop, AZ 
Fish Creek Ridge - Fish Creek Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking14.79 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking14.79 Miles   9 Hrs   6 Mns   1.83 mph
2,400 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
 
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I'd always wanted to hit up the Fish Creek area. We though we might be a little early for some color, but the Temps were gonna be perfect.

We were the first to park at the Fish Creek Bridge area and headed up the Apache Trail towards our turn off, across from the Comfort Station. We hit up the Fliver mark and made our way across Ridge. We had things we wanted to get to and travel across the top was slower than anticipated, so after 2.5 miles of travel we hit up FR213 to make up some time..

Next past the old ranch area, we found our way to the old cairned route of Fish Creek via Lost Dutch. This trail is still there, but easy to loose if you don't pay attention. Down in Fish Creek, the first goal here was to find the Fish Creek Cave. [ photo ] Without knowing it's location, you'll walk right past it.

We had some lunch outside the cave and started the trip back down Fish Creek.

Smaller rocks turn into bigger rocks turn into boulders, turn into houses. You pick up more and more pools of water and the the superstitions turn into a jungle in spots. I kept getting mad at the scenery as I'd already taken way too many photos.

The last 1.5 miles is the slowest and demands you have to pick the correct route up, over, under, through boulder mazes. Joe called it a Ninja training ground and that pretty much sums this portion up.

What a special area and fun time.
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From the Apache Trail Bridge south, there were numerous small to large pools of clear cool wster to filter from
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Apr 13 2015
adamand
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 Phoenix
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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adamand
Hike & Climb0.50 Miles 50 AEG
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Day Trip stops at Fish Creek – Monday Morning
First stop we made was the Fish Creek Hill lookout. The pit stop was worthwhile- views and exciting exposure.
Down at Fish Creek, we were the only vehicle parked on the north side of the bridge. It was odd to see a dry river bed at the bridge but be able to hear running water upstream. All other vehicles coming thru stopped for pictures, not exploring.
The beginning is tricky for this route; getting from the bridge to the creek bed. We kept trying to follow the trail down, only to be cliffed off. So, follow the trail UP, over to the cave, THEN down to the creek bed.
In the canyon, we only went a ½ mile or so before stopping at a sandy beach. The boulder hopping/climbing was fun and challenging. Found the flies to be unnervingly persistent. Instead of flying away when swatted at, they would crawl along our faces. We had to physically remove them off our faces. In truth, this was more humorous than obnoxious.
We left Fish Creek after a few hours to keep on schedule for our afternoon plans. In retrospect, staying down in the canyon and scratching the other plans would have been better. Running water, cool breezes, ample shade, sandy beach, frogs, fish, bouldering – Fish Creek.
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Dec 06 2014
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Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering3.00 Miles 950 AEG
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For the second year in a row, I headed to this canyon for some Fall colors. Last year, the creek was rushing strong after some intense rain. That was nice, but the slower pace of the water allowed for some serenity. I really love this canyon even with the litter from the idiots out there!
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Nov 17 2014
PhilMW
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 Mesa, AZ
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
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PhilMW
Canyoneering6.30 Miles 950 AEG
Canyoneering6.30 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   1.33 mph
950 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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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Being a cooler day we started off later than usual. Eric, his dad, and me got to the trail-head at about 9:30 in the morning. It started out on the rough side, because we weren't exactly sure how to get down with out getting wet. There was a wall to wall pool under the bridge. We ended up finding the route on the west side of the bridge that leads to the cave and down from there. All the graffiti and trash in the cave is surely discouraging. It definitely ruins the appeal of the natural beauty here. We passed the cave and saw no more aside from a piece of trash here and there throughout the rest of the canyon.

I was pleased to see a decent amount of water running through despite the lack of rain and moisture recently. It was nice that there was little enough to where we avoided having to get wet though. I don't mind a good tromp though a creek, but when it's 50 and breezy, that's a bit too cold for that.

It's a beautiful canyon in the fall for sure. Looking through the forest of leaves turning yellow against the red canyon walls and the black and white boulders is a fantastic site. The terrain also promotes a bit of out of the box thinking too. There were definitely times where it seemed like the best route wasn't. There were also places that multiple options were feasible. Climbing over boulders, rock hoping across the creek, crawling through tunnels between rocks and scrambling up steep walls were all apart of our journey. It wasn't a long hike, but it was enjoyable for sure.

The far side of the canyon became a bit less interesting as it opened up and became more overgrown with shrubs. We decided to turn around towards the end of the canyon because Eric's dad wasn't feeling the greatest. We didn't have much further to go according to the gps's and it didn't look like we were going to miss too much from that point on.

Overall, I really enjoyed the canyon. It's a beautiful spot in our awesome desert, and it makes for a fun hike.
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Mar 28 2014
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Apache Trail Circle Route, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 28 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking8.39 Miles 590 AEG
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Apache Trail with Drew & Janice - March 2014
FitBit totals = 8.39 miles, 590 AEG (59 floors)


Apache Trail circle route map :next: http://www.ajpl.org/The%20Apache%20Trai ... 0Route.pdf
Apache Trail official website :next: http://apachetrailarizona.com

Superstition Mountain Museum :next: http://superstitionmountainmuseum.org/elvis-chapel/

Fish Creek Hill :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=949

Fish Creek Upper Bridge :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=44

Fish Creek Lower Canyon :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=762

Tonto National Monument Cliff Dwellings :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=745


My cousin Drew and his wife Janice came to visit Arizona from their home in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. They spent the first part of the week at the Orchards Inn (check out :next: http://orchardsinn.com ) before staying a few nights at our Ahwatukee home.

To give them a good "taste" of outdoor Arizona, Lynn and I had to take them on the Apache Trail Circle Route. Cudos to the rattlesnake that crossed our path on cue! Now that’s a “true” Arizona experience.

Trip had plenty of stops and starts for photo ops and exploring some side trails. Got home to sample a couple of choice wines and some New York Strips from the BBQ...


:)
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 Tempe, AZ
Fish Creek Upper Bridge Loop, AZ 
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Canyoneering11.74 Miles 1,913 AEG
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Claire read about a loop in some Supes book, and I'd never done Fish Creek, so I did a quick glance at some tracks on HAZ, and it looked reasonable, so we headed out.

The creek/canyon is beautiful, but very slow going for the first 2 miles or so. As it opens up a bit, the pace increases. We filtered some water where the hike leaves the creek, in anticipation for the long, warm hike back around and down to the bridge.

Plenty of cairns going up the hill make it pretty easy to follow, but the spring grasses make it tough in some spots. A steady eye is necessary for those without a GPS-track to follow (like me).

Once back on FS213, you wonder how somebody in a Jeep can't get out there :whistle: . It's an easy and relatively flat hike back to the 88. The hike down Fish Creek Hill is great too, save for the dust from the occasional passing car. It was late enough in the day that traffic was light. I helped push a truck out of a ditch. Walking down FCH is also nicer than driving because you can stop and look over the edge more. There are no fewer than 8 vehicles that met their demise on this stretch of road, left to rust on the hillside hundreds of feet below. And at least one boat.

The gem of this hike is the first couple of miles of creek, but the rest of the loop makes it a solid hiking day.
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Feb 08 2014
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 Mesa, AZ
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
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skatchkins
Backpack2.00 Miles 950 AEG
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At 7:30pm on February 8, 2014, 8 of the surviving members of Pajama Gam Scram I ( http://hikearizona.com/photoset=21744 ) and 15.5 noobs departed in their pajam bottoms for an fully undisclosed to them location. On their person, they carried a backpack full of snacks and drinks, a sleeping bag, flashlight, and their board/card game of choice. After a long trusting drive they arrived at their destination at the 1923 one lane bridge over Fish Creek and then hiked in the dark up to large cave overlooking the canyon and the creek below. Inhibitions were released, and they channeled their inner fundom, playing games long into the night. Also, bacon.

After seeing a ringtail come close into camp, I sprinkled chips next to and on my sleeping brother-in-law and a few of us were delighted to wake several times to the cat crunching on them there while he slept hard.

Some stayed for the hike upstream in the morning.
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Nov 24 2013
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 Phoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering1.50 Miles 950 AEG
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Fall color/flowing water trip with Jon. Quite the obstacle course with so much water!
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Nov 24 2013
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azpride and I fought the good fight to see this fall splendor. AWESOME is the word. It was fun to see some young bucks struggle to fight currents while drinking swill and smoking cancers, all while wearing cowboy hats. I spent to much time on one photo wading waste deep and went numb :o Water makes things GREAT.
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Short hike up Fish Creek. Water flow had died down more than I wanted, but pleasant nonetheless.
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Apr 09 2013
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Canyoneering4.00 Miles 950 AEG
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Pam laid out a plan for a backpack trip. I was not able to join her due to family obligations and work stuff. I agreed to meet her on the last day in Fish Creek Canyon then shuttle her back to her vehicle at the Tortilla Trailhead.

Monday had some really bad weather as we all know so I was a little concerned about Pam and how her trip was going. Pam is a survivor so I had no doubt she was making the best of the situation but the little voice in your head that says be prepared was speaking.

My original plan was to get up early and be at the bridge by 730 or so but due to a tragic event I involved myself in the night before I did not get to bed till very late. I got up on Tuesday made a stop picked up a nice cold Mountain Dew for Pam when we got to the Jeep. I had already packed a frozen Gatorade as I figured after what might have happened over the previous day it would be a welcome treat when we met up in Fish Creek Canyon.

I arrived at the bridge around 10am. Assessed the water level in the creek below and it was full bank to bank and I estimated about 10 feet deep. Not a good sign for what I knew I was going to encounter up the creek. I packed up called Hank from the Jeep and let him know I was heading in and what the conditions would be like and that I would be in touch with him around 230 pm.

After backtracking several times due to high water, cliffing out or dense vegetation I made it in about 2 miles in just under 2 hours and 30 min. I hit a point where I said it was time to take a break make a few audible calls for Pam and then head back to the bridge and check in with Hank again to see if Pam called from Rogers.

I made my way back to the Jeep loaded my gear and was going to hitch a ride from someone heading in the Tortilla direction to move Pam's car here in case she made it out this way while I was riding over to Rogers.

I was looking at the cars descending to the bridge and I saw Ford Escape. I was hey that looks like Pam. Wow it is Pam. We talked she gave me the cliff note version of the trip and we decided hot food at the Canyon Lake Marina Restaurant was a good idea and headed there for lunch. Pam recounted the trip to me and we enjoyed a good meal.

Happy Pam was safe I departed the Marina and headed home. The hike was nice and challenging but the reward at the end was even better.
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31 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering2.00 Miles 950 AEG
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I have never hiked all of Upper Fish Creek, but I have been hiking and camping there since I was little. It's actually one of the first places that I ever remember camping. It is a really wonderful place. Utterly beautiful- with or without water.
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Dec 30 2012
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 Joined Dec 22 2007
 Mesa, AZ
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Canyoneering6.30 Miles 950 AEG
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Noel's sister was in town so I took them to my favorite hike. They got some good sister time out of it and some playful challenges.
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