Looking back at the truck at the start of the hike.
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I didn't know it at this point, but I was going to be on top of that cliff.
I could have climbed this, too, but it's smaller and wouldn't have as good of a view.
There are stones around here that must have a high iron content.  There is a small disk magnet stuck to the side of this rock.
All of the dark rocks in this photo seem to have high iron content.
I'm headed for the dirt road that cuts across this photo.
I came across this road.  Didn't even know it was here.
Same road in the other direction.
There are still puddles around from last week's rain.
Another road branches off from the one I'm hiking on.  I think these roads are only to be used for maintenance of power line poles, but it looks like people sometimes ride their ATVs on them.
Looking back down the road I've been ascending.
Onward and upward.
The lake is used to generate electricity.
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That's the Superstition Mountains on the horizon.
From here I can see some of the facilities associated with the dam.
Taking in the view.
If you look closely, you will see that there is a rock column joined to the cliff face at its top and bottom, with a spherical rock stuck in the middle.
"La cervesa muy fina"
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That black spot looks like a rabbit's shadow.
Zoomed in.  It still looks like a rabbit shadow, but now you can see that it is the result of an uneven cliff face and not a giant rabbit.
The lake behind the dam.
The view to the northwest.
Looking west northwest.
Looking west.
Looking along the cliff, which is the direction I am going.
There is a sheer cliff on this side, too.
There is the dam, half in shadow.
This bird did a dance for me.  It was probably telling me to go away.
The road down there is Apache Trail.  The Superstition Mountains are on the left on the horizon.
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The Fountain Hills fountain is barely visible in this photo.  On the right side in the mid-ground is Stewart Mountain.
Resting in the shade of a saguaro cactus.
It almost looks like there is a trail here.
The Superstition Mountains on the horizon.
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Self portrain with Four Peaks on the horizon.
It looks like there might be fossils in this rock.
I like to take pictures of dead trees.
Weaver's Needle on the horizon.
Part of Canyon Lake.
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The one lane bridge down there is where First Water Creek enters the lake.
The scenery is so beautiful, I find myself taking several pictures of the same thing from slightly different angles.
Looking back along the ridge.
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It's funny how the water is blue in some pictures and brown in others.  I didn't do that.
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The road is Apache Trail.  You can see my truck parked next to the road down there.
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Steve and I hiked up that hill a few days ago.  You can see the trail going up it.
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Back there you can see the rock formations which I photographed on the First Water Creek hike.
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Zoomed in on some boaters on the lake.
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That is Satchin Cliff.
This pictures shows one of the clouds of bugs hovering around.  They kept to themselves, so I liked them.
As I sat and looked at the lake, this lizard came out to bask in the sun.
Starting back.
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Every where I go, somebody else has been there first.
Despite all the rain, most ocotillos don't have leaves.  That's probably because it's so cool (though is was about 70F today).
These tufts of grass look out of place here.
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Previous hikers built a cairn here to mark their trail.
Close up of the dam.
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There is a squirrel close to the center of this picture.
Here's the squirrel in a different spot.
The moss is fading from green to brown as it dries out.
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I hiked up to this rock column to get a better picture, but I think the picture from further away is better.
Looking back at the cliff I was on.
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A fungus puff ball.
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Canyon Lake 2
Art
Author: Art (ID: 1009)
Posted: 2009-01-03 04:40 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 3.03 km
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I've always wanted to see the dam that forms Canyon Lake. It can't be seen from any of the roads. As I was looking at pictures from my last hike, I realized that I could probably hike to an area that overlooks the dam. I was able to do that today, and I was also able to hike along a prominent cliff that overlooks Canyon Lake.

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Looking back at the truck at the start of the hike.
IMG_2947
IMG_2948
I didn't know it at this point, but I was going to be on top of that cliff.
IMG_2949
I could have climbed this, too, but it's smaller and wouldn't have as good of a view.
IMG_2950
There are stones around here that must have a high iron content. There is a small disk magnet stuck to the side of this rock.
IMG_2951
All of the dark rocks in this photo seem to have high iron content.
IMG_2952
I'm headed for the dirt road that cuts across this photo.
IMG_2954
I came across this road. Didn't even know it was here.
IMG_2955
Same road in the other direction.
IMG_2957
There are still puddles around from last week's rain.
IMG_2958
Another road branches off from the one I'm hiking on. I think these roads are only to be used for maintenance of power line poles, but it looks like people sometimes ride their ATVs on them.
IMG_2959
Looking back down the road I've been ascending.
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Onward and upward.
IMG_2961
The lake is used to generate electricity.
IMG_2962
IMG_2963
That's the Superstition Mountains on the horizon.
IMG_2965
From here I can see some of the facilities associated with the dam.
IMG_2966
Taking in the view.
IMG_2967
If you look closely, you will see that there is a rock column joined to the cliff face at its top and bottom, with a spherical rock stuck in the middle.
IMG_2968
"La cervesa muy fina"
IMG_2969
IMG_2970
That black spot looks like a rabbit's shadow.
IMG_2689
Zoomed in. It still looks like a rabbit shadow, but now you can see that it is the result of an uneven cliff face and not a giant rabbit.
IMG_2972
The lake behind the dam.
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The view to the northwest.
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Looking west northwest.
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Looking west.
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Looking along the cliff, which is the direction I am going.
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There is a sheer cliff on this side, too.
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There is the dam, half in shadow.
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This bird did a dance for me. It was probably telling me to go away.
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The road down there is Apache Trail. The Superstition Mountains are on the left on the horizon.
IMG_2989_7_8
IMG_2995_3_4
The Fountain Hills fountain is barely visible in this photo. On the right side in the mid-ground is Stewart Mountain.
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Resting in the shade of a saguaro cactus.
IMG_2999
It almost looks like there is a trail here.
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The Superstition Mountains on the horizon.
IMG_3003
IMG_3004
Self portrain with Four Peaks on the horizon.
IMG_3005
It looks like there might be fossils in this rock.
IMG_3006
I like to take pictures of dead trees.
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Weaver's Needle on the horizon.
IMG_3008
Part of Canyon Lake.
IMG_3009
IMG_3010
IMG_3011
IMG_3012
IMG_3013
The one lane bridge down there is where First Water Creek enters the lake.
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The scenery is so beautiful, I find myself taking several pictures of the same thing from slightly different angles.
IMG_3015
Looking back along the ridge.
IMG_3016
IMG_3018
IMG_3019
IMG_3021
It's funny how the water is blue in some pictures and brown in others. I didn't do that.
IMG_3022
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The road is Apache Trail. You can see my truck parked next to the road down there.
IMG_3026
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Steve and I hiked up that hill a few days ago. You can see the trail going up it.
IMG_3028
IMG_3029
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Back there you can see the rock formations which I photographed on the First Water Creek hike.
IMG_3032
IMG_3033
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Zoomed in on some boaters on the lake.
IMG_3034
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That is Satchin Cliff.
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This pictures shows one of the clouds of bugs hovering around. They kept to themselves, so I liked them.
IMG_2701
As I sat and looked at the lake, this lizard came out to bask in the sun.
IMG_3037
Starting back.
IMG_3038
IMG_3039
Every where I go, somebody else has been there first.
IMG_3040
Despite all the rain, most ocotillos don't have leaves. That's probably because it's so cool (though is was about 70F today).
IMG_3041
These tufts of grass look out of place here.
IMG_3042
IMG_3043
Previous hikers built a cairn here to mark their trail.
IMG_3044
Close up of the dam.
IMG_3046
IMG_3048
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There is a squirrel close to the center of this picture.
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Here's the squirrel in a different spot.
IMG_3051
The moss is fading from green to brown as it dries out.
IMG_3052
IMG_3053
I hiked up to this rock column to get a better picture, but I think the picture from further away is better.
IMG_3054
Looking back at the cliff I was on.
IMG_3055
IMG_3057
A fungus puff ball.
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