Sometimes you plan amazing trips that end up being amazing. Other times a simple trip turns into a epic story. On this occasion, we headed out to a place with little beta hoping for something magical. Upper Fish Creek is a popular hiking location along the AZ 88, but there was little information about the lower portion. The plan was to park at the intersection of the AZ 88 and head downstream into the magical unknown. Little did I know that when naming this trip that I would unintentionally set the theme.
The creek was known to start out dry, but it was suppose to be peppered with pools that required swimming. Wrong. Not sure if it was the string of 95 degree days we have had or the incorrect information but there was hardly any water. Most of the hike involved hoping across dry rocks and walking through patches of sand. After a few miles we were losing interest fast, when we started to hit intermittent pools.
Although the pools weren't much they were at least there. On occasion we were forced into the pools which appeared disgusting. Turns out they were even worse when you entered them, as it stirred up some filthy smell. Ahhhh, good ol' canyoneering. Finally we saw the bridge and a giant pool opening up into Canyon Lake. The pool was exciting, but did not justify the trip down canyon. In fact I would recommend doing this after recent rains, or even coming in from the lake, via kayak. If this compelling tale has your curiosity peaked (which it shouldn't) you can find out more about the hike here.