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Tortilla-Fish Mesa - 6 members in 13 triplogs have rated this an average 3.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 10 2021
chrisbjohnson
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 Routes 1
 Photos 5
 Triplogs 19

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 Joined May 23 2016
 Tempe, AZ
Tortilla-Fish MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2021
chrisbjohnson
Hiking8.80 Miles 948 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   4 Hrs   22 Mns   2.54 mph
948 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
 
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Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
4.46 miles - 9:22 am
This is a beautiful vista on trail number 106. I took a panoramic view of Black Cross Butte and Fish Mountain across Fish Creek.
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Jan 26 2018
jameslcox44
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 Photos 2,741
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76 male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 mesa,az
Tortilla-Fish MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2018
jameslcox44
Hiking9.75 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking9.75 Miles
1,490 ft AEG
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In efforts to make a loop hike for our hiking club, we walked up the Tortilla Ranch road about one mile. We had seen a map with an old trail going to Fish Creek Canyon Overlook. We built a cairn where we left the trail and worked our way to the overlook. Once there, we made our way toward the Tortilla Ranch. As we dropped down to the ranch, we decided to make our way up to the shelters built of caliche and rocks, closing the shelters. A fun hike for us, but we decided the route we took would not be a good hike for our hiking group at Venture Out.
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Jan 18 2018
AZLOT69
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69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Tortilla-Fish MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2018
AZLOT69
Hiking5.75 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles
1,490 ft AEG
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Nice day, once we got there, plenty of delays on the Apache Trail due to construction. No one else around.
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Nov 14 2015
joebartels
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 Guides 241
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 Photos 11,881
 Triplogs 4,719

51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Tortilla-Fish Mesa - Fish Creek Canyon Loop, AZ 
Tortilla-Fish Mesa - Fish Creek Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2015
joebartels
Hiking13.00 Miles 2,134 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   1.60 mph
2,134 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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The_Eagle
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
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
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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Nov 13 2015
hikerdw
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61 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Tortilla-Fish MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2015
hikerdw
Hiking9.17 Miles 1,636 AEG
Hiking9.17 Miles   5 Hrs   6 Mns   2.21 mph
1,636 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
 
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Was looking for something different from the Tortilla area and decided to give this posted hike a try. Great hike. Other than loose cobble sized rocks that made footing a little slippery in areas the off trail wasn't bad at all and we were able to dodge any thick sections of catclaw, number of falls, Ryan 1, me two, but one was actually on FR213 so we aren't counting that one :doh:

Due to the time of day most of the pictures looking into Fish Canyon were washed out by the sun but they were top notch views first hand :D Lots of bunnies call this mesa home as they were darting out everywhere, I actually almost stepped on one. Saw 2 white-tail deer on the decent off the mesa. Noticed the Wilderness sign off JF Trail was missing. Had lunch off the start of Peter's Trail next to a dry Tortilla creek.
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Sep 11 2012
Jonnybackpack
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 Photos 450
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38 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Tortilla-Fish MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2012
Jonnybackpack
Hiking5.75 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles
1,490 ft AEG
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This is one of my favorite superstition hikes. Throw in monsoon drama, pockets of wildflowers, and a 80 degree September day...well I'll surely have my cake and eat it. The Jeep road is usually an obstacle, but this day it was lined with budding flowers and puddles. About .5 miles was an incredible section of purple morning glory flowers pretending it was March. They were speckled with water from the days rain still. I watched a dramatic sunset light up Fish Creek Canyon with Four Peaks off in the distance also collecting an intense glow. Wow an amazing moment :D! The hike back was somewhat lonely and dark, but well worth it to see that sunset.
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Mar 04 2011
Jonnybackpack
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38 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 queen creek, az
Tortilla-Fish MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 04 2011
Jonnybackpack
Backpack7.00 Miles 1,490 AEG
Backpack7.00 Miles
1,490 ft AEG
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Wanted some easy adventure and this is my go to area. Had a full day of work friday so I knew this was going to be a night hike. Talked my friend Ray to go on his first overnighter and it would help relieve the spookiness of the Supes at night :scared: Got to the trail head at 7:00pm and I decided to try and muscle up the worst road in AZ. NO AVAIL! If you dont have a 4x4 bad pumpkin kicking rig, walk from the parking lot! The moon was no where to be seen, and the stars, though bright, weren't enough to help. So by headlamp we meandered to the old trail-head/wilderness boundary. Being Ray's first real adventure, a few "what was that sound" checks were needed. Glowing eyes were in them hills! So I kept the schnauzer close, told Ray to man up :lol: and got us to a camp I have used before. We had a few kind bars, Odell IPA, and awesome conversation.

We awoke at 6 and Ray got his first glimpse of the dubbed "HOLY TREE" A lone juniper on Fish Mesa. I have this odd obsession the tree and needed to spend time with it :D . So we booked it off trail through the nastiest desert terrain you can find. The distance is a bit deceiving , so Ray decided to sit on a high ridge and watch me go insane through the dawn up the next slope. 6:45 (10 minutes till sunrise) I admitted defeat, and realized I wasn't going to make the tree in time for sunrise. The tree won. I booked it to a great Fish Creek overlook and enjoyed the amazing desert sunrise.

On the way out Raymond discovered why good hiking shoes are important. I felt so bad watching him waddle and wince in pain for 3.5 miles. To his credit he is one tuf SOB and didn't complain!
I'll see you soon Holy tree, very soon ;) .
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Feb 26 2010
T Harris
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31 male
 Joined May 19 2009
 Scottsdale, AZ
Tortilla-Fish MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2010
T Harris
Hiking5.75 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles
1,490 ft AEG
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I just took the Tortilla trailhead out to Peter's trail and back. I've driven by the trail head a million times, and I decided to check it out today. I also needed to take another roll of film for class (doing my final project on the Supes). I really didn't take very many shot with my normal camera, and these were the ones. I thought there was going to be a better sunset (storm clouds ruined it), but i'll take a moonrise too (the last photo).
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Jan 25 2010
nonot
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 Joined Nov 18 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Slide Canyon - Fish Creek LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 25 2010
nonot
Canyoneering5.50 Miles 1,100 AEG
Canyoneering5.50 Miles   8 Hrs      0.69 mph
1,100 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
 
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Not quite what was expected, but the water made it enjoyable. Nearly lost Suz in Fish Creek a couple of times, be safe out there!

Afterwards was dinner in the classiest place I've eaten yet in AJ, where used men's briefs adorn the ceiling. :yuck:
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Jan 24 2010
Vaporman
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 Joined Mar 28 2005
 SLC, Utah
Slide Canyon - Fish Creek LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 24 2010
Vaporman
Canyoneering7.50 Miles 2,100 AEG
Canyoneering7.50 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   0.88 mph
2,100 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
III - Normally requires most of a day
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Steve, Susan, and I set out to explore a 'new' canyon all loaded up with 4 ropes, all our canyoneering gear, wetsuits, canyoneering boots and loads of webbing. Unfortunately we didn't need find any significant drops to rappel, but we did find some very thick bushwhacking in the upper reaches and in the lower section there was loads of small falls to bypass or downclimb & a few sections of sweet slides. :D This canyon wouldn't be near as much 'fun' when dry though... Once at Fish River :o , uhhh I mean creek, we donned our wetsuits, neoprene socks & gloves, and helmets and very slowly & carefully hopped/waded/swam our way downstream to Fish Creek Bridge. Near the bridge, we avoided the craziest section of the creek by finding one of the bypass trails. I added an extra 2 miles and 1000ft of elevation since I volunteered to power walk :sweat: up Fish Creek hill to get Susan's SUV up at Tortilla TH and drive it back to pick up my freezing friends. I'm always up for a challenging canyon and I had a good time, but I don't think I'll be hitting that canyon ever again. :lol:
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Apr 05 2009
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Fish Creek Canyon - Upper BridgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Apr 05 2009
joebartels
Canyoneering11.40 Miles 3,024 AEG
Canyoneering11.40 Miles   11 Hrs   15 Mns   1.01 mph
3,024 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
II - Normally requires a half day
 
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Headed out with Hikergirl81 for a loop through Fish Creek Canyon. We started at the bridge and hiked the road up. Then it was off trail to the ridge separating Fish Creek and Tortilla Creek(further away). Then returned via the creek.

Having completed a portion of the ridge years ago I blew off researching the entire ridge. This proved to be a big mistake on my part. Ravine after ravine presented itself resulting in an unplanned rollercoaster. On towards Lost Dutch Canyon we encountered catclaw. This was followed by more catclaw and a vegetation choked canyon. We were in the sun longer than anticipated. At this point I was surprised Hikergirl81 didn't beat me to a pulp for leading her through the catclaw mess in a virtual easy bake oven.

Into Fish Creek we found it was running. Albeit a nice setting this meant slow going. I could have sworn somebody said Fish Creek was stagnant three weeks ago. Not only was that not the case but there was even water going over the road at Tortilla Flats!

We took our time heading down canyon and enjoying the sections in the shade. As evening approached we were fortunate enough to have a nice bright moon.

I'm glad to have experienced it once. Hikergirl81 is a natural born explorer!
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Mar 08 2006
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Tortilla-Fish MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2006
joebartels
Hiking5.75 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   4 Hrs      1.44 mph
1,490 ft AEG
 
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Back in the saddle again :)
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