Hello Fellow Hikers:
85th hike with the club:
Today we will be doing our 1st Water Hike of the Season. I only plan on running a total of 4 Water Hikes this year, just as an fyi.
We will be hiking to the Tanque Verde Falls and Swimming area. This is only a 2 miles Round Trip hike, HOWEVER, this hike has many different blog entries regarding how hard or dangerous this hike is. It is a 1 mile in-and-out trail, and around the half mile mark, the trail turns into the river bed where there are some decent Class 3 & 4 Boulder Hopping and Scrambling. Once you reach the 30 foot waterfall, you have the option to move onto the ultimate reward, the actual Lower Tanque Verde Falls, which requires a Class 3 & 4, 30 foot, climb up right beside the falls. If you wish to add this option to your hike, you will be at the main attraction of the 75 foot Waterfall. The reason they post signs at this hike because of danger, is because many people have died in this canyon because of flash floods. So just be forewarned that there are signs posted, stating you are in a potentially dangerous area..... I just don't want anyone freaking out because of a sign. We will more than likely encounter several others at these Falls, HOWEVER, our Group starts early, which means we are usually out early, before others arrive. This is also done to avoid afternoon thunderstorms or monsoons.
There is plenty of Cliff Jumping opportunities. Jump at your own risk, as always.
Please do not under estimate this hike and think this is only 2 miles so this should be easy. Even the experienced Boulder Hopping Hikers, will find this kind of a Water Hike rewarding, especially if you have never been there. Plan on swimming around, getting wet. Dogs are advised against bringing because of the extensive Boulder Hopping and rock climbing, but I think it is perfectly allowed. If you do want to bring your dog, please know you may be WAY behind the rest of the group because you will have some difficulty lifting your dog over large boulders, etc, etc. You will probably see other dogs there, so be prepared of that as well.
The approach is a Dirt Road but, from trip reports, cars are perfectly able to traverse. Highly advisable to car pool.
It is a 2 hour drive from the Meet Up Spot, to the Trail Head. I anticipate a return to the Meet Up Location to be about 3:30pm.