La Barge Lowest Loop, AZ
2005-12-309 by
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns    1.50 mph
925 ft AEG   
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I wasn't really sure which hike to log this under. So I went with the lowest loop. I started off on the Boulder Canyon trail. It kind of reminds me of a roller coaster. You go up and up and up then gradually descend down into the canyon. Once at the crossing of Labarge creek instead of following the trail, I started up the creek bed towards Labarge Canyon. From there its mostly rock hopping. Not to many big boulders to contend with but they are there. Its nothing like Going to Peters Cave. The canyon itself is very neat. It zig zags a little ways thru some decent narrows before it opens up again. I have seen Labarge creek when it was running and all I can say is "little river"! I could only imagine how much more interesting this canyon is when there is some real water running thru it. I ate some lunch here and headed back down the creek bed. Instead of going back up the trail I decided to hike the creek bed back to the marina. There is some more narrows north of the trail although there is some mandatory bushwacking involved. I could not believe the jungle you have to walk thru. The foliage was nice though. Once I arrived at the point were the lake comes into the canyon I had to back track to my escape route out of the canyon. This is where it gets sketchy. I could not find a trail out of here so I climbed a short but rather steep hill. Once on the hill I got my bearings and saw Canyon lake. From there it was a little bushwacking until I found the trail again. In retrospect there were some nice narrows and Labarge Canyon is a neat little place but It will take me awhile to want to come back.
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