Sacaton Creek Exploratory

March 3, 2024

Of all the days to forget our water shoes! After last week's disappointing low water hike through Purgatory Chasm, we didn't think we needed them.

Mogollon Mountains from Sacaton Road

But from the gently sloping plateau of Sacaton Mesa, we could see there was still plenty of snow in the Mogollons.

overflowing acequia

Snowmelt was exploding out of an acequia that runs for miles along Sacaton Road.

adobe ruins

Remains of what may have been an old stage station along Sacaton Road.

mule deer

Mule deer who seemed more curious than frightened posed for several photos.

Mogollon Mountains from Sacaton Creek

As we climbed higher into the Mogollon Mountains, there were thrilling views of West Baldy (9785') and Sacaton Mountain (10,658').

California Tortoiseshell.

California Tortoiseshell.

old forest road

The first mile or so is a dreamy meander along a well-wooded old forest road.

cedar shake cabin

Remains of a cabin built from hand-split cedar shakes.

crossing creek on a log

Past the cabin the old road disappears and it's all bushwhacking and rock-hopping.

West Baldy close-up

Another tantalizing view of West Baldy.

small waterfall

There were many small waterfalls along the creek ...

rock hopping

... and dozens of opportunities to soak our boots!

old gate in the forest

It was a great hike for a gorgeous spring day! We hope to return with proper footwear and continue farther up the canyon!