Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Camp Creek Falls/Sears Kay Ruins Day Hike
when Sunday, January 1, 2023
where Tonto National Forest outside Carefree
the hike     We will kick off the new hiking year with a day hike and celebration of the new year.
    Camp Creek and Blue Wash are part of the Verde River watershed, and which eventually drains into Bartlett Reservoir on the Verde River north of where it merges with the Salt River.
    From the trailhead, we will get a nice panorama of Four Peaks and the Superstitions. We drop into Blue Wash. The trail heads south past snags, large granite rock formations, lining the wash and the remains of a car (the bumper looks like an old Cadillac). At the ½ mile mark there is a large rock hollow where we will take our group photos. At ¾ miles we find another enormous rock with a “Hidden Mickey” (400 miles from Disneyland). After a mile, Blue Wash converges with Camp Creek. If you look up, you will see a flag marking the location of a mine.
    We head to our left up the Creek for about ½ mile to Camp Creek Falls. We will break here and spend time climbing around the rock playground above the falls.
    Last year we toasted the New Year in style with Champagne and Sparkling Apple Cider and buried a time capsule with New Year’s resolutions from the hike participants.
    The group will return to the trailhead and drive a mile down Cave Creek Rd. and visit the Sears-Kay Ruins. Anna Rago volunteered to be our docent for the Sears-Kay Ruins.
    The desert foothills in the area surrounding the town of Carefree, Arizona, were home to the Hohokam culture. The Hohokam may have been the ancestors of the modern Akimel O’odham and Tohono O’odham peoples in Southern Arizona. The Prehistoric Hohokam built the Sears-Kay Fort around 1050 AD and abandoned it around 1200 AD. In 1867, 5th Cavalry Regiment soldiers discovered the fort on the Sears-Kay Ranch (visible to the south).
distance Short Hike Camp Creek Falls 3.2 Miles / Sears-Kay Ruins 1.0 miles.
time 4 hours on trail
EC Short Hike Camp Creek Falls 456' / Sears-Kay Ruins 200' elevation change
elevations Blue Wash Trailhead 3242'
type round trip
starting at Blue Wash Trailhead
on trail Short Hike Blue Wash 50%, Camp Creek 25%, Sears-Kay 25%
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Carefree
leader    Email the leader to confirm. Please provide your cell phone number when you sign up in case, we need to contact you on the day of the hike.
Sears Kay Ruin Docent Anna Rago.
meet Blue Wash Trailhead at 8:00 AM.
•  From Loop 101 in Scottsdale, take the Princess/Pima exit 36 and go 12 miles north on Pima to Cave Creek Road.
Follow Cave Creek Road about 6.5 miles.
Blue Wash Trailhead will be on your right.
There is a parking area at 33 52'36.49"N, 111 49'2.38"W, which has room for a dozen or more cars. There are no facilities at the Trailhead.

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