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Barks Lower Canyon Loop, AZ
2009-02-2117 by
 
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Phoenix, AZ
 
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900 ft AEG   
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I did this one last year and remembering it fondly, suggest to Angela (tibber) that this would be a great hike for us (I'm relieved she is still talking to me). It was a buttkicker this time.
We arrived at the Peralta Trailhead at 9am to discover that the lot was full and there was a Park Ranger directing traffic away from it. We had to park down the road far enough that the extra walk both ways added .75 miles to our day. I decided we should hike this counter clockwise because I thought that would give us better timing on sunlight for photos. Don't do it this way. It turns the trip into one long uphill. Clockwise, after you survive the steep but brief 'Cardiac Hill', it's pretty much downhill the rest of the way. Also, it's easy to miss the canyon entrance from this approach (or maybe I should have been paying attention?) It was well camoflaged by such dense vegetation that you could hardly tell it was there. We both donated some blood getting through the cat claw. And, the exit coming out of the canyon is completely obscured for that same reason. Without a GPS to provide a specific search area, I don't know how you'd be able to find it. But, even then, I think I only succeeded because I had been there before and knew what it (used to) looked like. With the extreme plant growth this year, you can't even spot the trail along the hill from the canyon below now so, there's no visual clue of where it might intersect with the bottom.
We were amazed at the amount of water here. What I remembered as pools last year were nearly wall to wall lakes this trip. Staying dry was really some kind of trick. I changed into sandals and waded through much of it. As it is now, trekking poles are a must. There is much bouldering through most of the canyon and route finding here takes some time. The constant zig-zagging to make our way through this maze added another mile to the canyon section, even though our navigation path was pretty efficient, considering the landscape down there.
In spite of the circus at the Trailhead, we only saw one other person after turning into the canyon. After finally crawling out of there, that doesn't surprise me at all. This was a tough hike. Angela is a real trooper and much too modest. The only real mistake made on the route was my own and she saved me from making a couple more along the way. Good weather, great company!
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