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Cavalry Trail #239, AZ

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Cavalry Trail #239 runs from the approximate halfway point of the Dutchman to Boulder Canyon. As both endpoints are out near the center of the western Superstitions, it is out of reach of many day-hikers, but a loop using this trail is possible for those willing to attempt double-digit miles in their day hikes or backpacking treks. Hopefully this report will let you decide whether to march on the Cavalry.

I believe the Cavalry trail is popular with those on horseback as it creates far less difficulty than the boulders in Boulder Canyon for the riders and horses. Indeed, the number of hoof prints I saw was greater than the number of footprints. Remember, hikers yield to horses.

I recommend you do the Cavalry trail in a counterclockwise direction. Primarily, the descent into Boulder Canyon on the Cavalry is rather steep and unless you love climbs, a loop involving another trail will allow you to gain the elevation you need without a struggle.

Near the Dutchman intersection with the Cavalry trail, you may witness some large pools if it has rained recently. Welcome to Marsh Valley! Water from Black Mountain, parts of Peter's Mesa, and eastern parts of Bluff Spring Mountain feed into LaBarge Creek, where, blocked by the massive Peter's Mesa Wall, the flow gets pushed west until it finds its way out Lower LaBarge Box where it later meets with Boulder Canyon as it dumps into Canyon Lake. A look ahead shows that your path is clear.

Cavalry Trail begins by paralleling the creek going north. The sound of the flowing creek (if it has been raining) is pleasant. You may encounter some interesting plants growing near the creek in the beginning. There are numerous campsites in this section you could take advantage of as well. Further on, you will pass by cottonwood trees flourishing in the creek bed.

As you approach the massive Peter's Mesa Wall, the trail will cross the creek to the east side, where it stays for awhile. Where the creek begins to bend west, you will find yourself in Squaw Valley, with the Squaw Canyon Trail approach encouraging extreme adventurers to give it a shot. Interestingly, the Squaw Canyon Trail doesn't attempt to go up the impenetrable-looking Squaw Canyon, but attempts to access Peter's Mesa via a steep failure in the wall further northwest. Keeping the theme of this hike to a pleasant stroll, admire the rugged scenery and continue down the trail on the east/north side of the trail.

Although the trail appears to wander aimlessly here, the trail is actually taking the straightest route away from the twisting creek. You will rejoin the creek slightly further downstream again; so do not worry if you find yourself closer to the massive Peter's Wall than the creek in this section.

As you approach the ship's bow rock formation after rejoining the creek, you will find that you are meandering through an idyllic setting. It's hard to believe you are in the middle of the desert here! Pistol Canyon soon comes into view. Pistol Canyon is named because the Dutch Hunter, Ray Bradford, supposedly lost his Pistol in there in the 20's.

Shortly after Pistol Canyon, you will cross LaBarge Creek for the final time. Pay attention to the scenery and the cairns at this point! Study this picture; this is the place that the Lower LaBarge Box Canyon meets the Cavalry. The Cavalry takes a sharp turn here southwest, away from the creek, and proceeds overland. Unintentionally continuing on downstream, one would find themselves in the beautiful, yet rugged, Lower LaBarge Box, which would make for quite the story, provided you could complete it all.

The trail proceeds southwest for about half a mile, and then curves northwest. It is flat and rather dull in this section. Cairns help where the sparse vegetation could lead you astray from the trail, look for hoof prints failing that, better yet throw away all compasses and use the GPS Route. I remember that I did get slightly off-trail a year ago, so if you find yourself whacking bushes, backtrack to the last point you were on the trail and try a different route. There is a minor ascent towards the end, but it's almost imperceptible.

Finally, you will reach Boulder Canyon. If Boulder Canyon Creek is flowing, you will be amazed at the spectacular scenery. It's pretty awesome even if there is no water. There is an old cattle tank slightly to your north that you could check out when you reach the bottom. You should also be able to make out the bow of Battleship Mountain ahead of you. Once you get down this steep section, take Boulder Canyon Trail (which is on the Cavalry side of the trail at this point) to whatever destination you need to complete your loop.

This trip rates a 1.5 on the bushwhacking scale out of 10. It's not quite nonexistent, but the catclaw is confined to a few brief sections and the horse traffic has beaten the bushes back from the trail better than most other trails in the Supes.

There are stark temperature differences you should plan for. Although about 60 degrees in the beginning, shaded sections remained cool enough in December to keep ice frozen in some pockets.

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2007-12-30 nonot

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    Most recent of 32 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Cavalry Trail #239
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    Headed back into the western Supes for an enjoyable hike to Charlebois. Started from First Water TH around 8:20am and took the Second Water Trail to Boulder Canyon. Headed south from there and connected onto the Cavalry Trail. Saw a pair of Coati in Marsh Valley and then connected onto the Dutchman Trail. Took a quick detour over to Charlbois and then started my return. I took a lunch break near Bull Pass and completed the loop finishing around 3pm. Was a nice day on the trails!
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    Superstition Thru Hike
    Wanted to revisit some old trails, and trails I had only done parts of, put this together for a camp out at Charlebois Springs with Rick and his son Dustin. Reviewed the water reports and decided I'd take my Sawyer and only 2 Liters of water to keep my pack light. Water running in spots the entire route :) Weather really cooperated until we started up 2nd Water and it really started to get warm. Will have to plan these longer hikes up in the cool country. Other then a couple of spots on this trip the trails were in great shape and very little trimming would have to be done :D All had fun, and as soon as Rick recovers :stretch: I'll put another one together, seems like they are getting long, :o Might have to make it a 2 nighter :y:
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    Completed a two night backpack trip starting from the First Water Trailhead, took the Second Water Trail to the Boulder Trail and followed La Barge Creek to the Dutchmans Trails southward. Good water in Carlebois Spring and then took the Whiskey Spring Trail and camped a second night near Whiskey Spring. Headed back to the Dutchmans Trail and out through Peralta Trailhead. Nice three day hike.
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    Battleship - Garden Valley - Bull Run Loop
    It's been almost a year since my first and only summit of Battleship Mountain. It felt just as magical today, especially with the outstanding company. Thanks, Denny and Bruce for putting that together!

    As with every Bruce and Joe hike I've been on, there is always a little more. I threw out a Marsh Valley loop. That turned out to be a "be careful what you wish for" event for me. My stomach went sideways on me not long after we passed through La Barge Box. azdesertfather lightened my load, allowing me to get my wobbly legs back under me before the run up to Bull Pass. I do appreciate that, Dave!

    In spite of my woes, this was a terrific hike. The majesty of Battleship Mountain followed by the incredible beauty of La Barge Canyon. My only regret was slowing everyone down so much. Thanks for picking me up, guys.
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    Battleship - Garden Valley - Bull Run Loop
    Lots of people will post great triplogs on this outing, so I'll provide you the summary version:
    coati sleepy, ship muy windy, vent balmy, box a beauty, skunk no stinky ... oh, and FREEBASE.

    More verbose version:
    9 of us met up at 7:15am at First Water; I drove up to meet the Phoenicians. Took First Water route to the Battleship all together, seeing the unfortunate dead coati on the trail, a cute, younger one. Not sure cause of death, no external injuries, except for eyes...didn't look malnourished. Once on top on the south side, we stopped by the pizza slice for a photo – the usual cash offerings were made for the dumb schmuck who would try to jump across to the slice; thankfully, once again, no takers & no rescue crews needed. All made it across the windy spine (very carefully) and to the top. Took a New Years photo, complete with Superstition gold-plated 2016 glasses (thank Denny for setting us up!). It was so windy on the top, the first timed photo Bruce took with his tripod ended up being a sky shot, as another breeze blew across the top that blew the camera and tripod down as the shutter opened. Before the photo attempts were done, Bruce's hat had sailed off the western side (thankfully he found was a HAZ cap after all!). On the way back down, Dave1 and a few others of us checked out the vent, it was surprising on a colder day like this to realize how warm that vent is coming out of there on top! Actually saw another solo hiker making his way to the top on our way down.

    Once back at the bottom, Wally & John parted ways to do some exploring, while the rest of us made our way to LaBarge Box. This has always been my favorite spot in the Supes, and was great to go back for a return visit. Not that much water in there this time. We made it into the typical starting point and said goodbye to the Turtle Sr. & Turtle Jr., leaving us with 5 to make our way through the box. TOTALLY enjoyed my way through the box, hopping from boulder to boulder, and the views of the walls just never cease to amaze me. Just before we made our way out of the box, in the thick brush we ran upon a skunk. Dave1 had a panic moment as he was 2nd in line and spotted him (I had just blown past him and missed seeing him), so Dave1 was in the line of tail fire. Thankfully we were all spared, which was good...otherwise someone likely would have been hiking back to their car without any company.

    From that point, it was Calvary to Dutchman to Bull Pass to Dutchman to First Water to make our way back. Trail was easy and we started seeing more traffic once we hit the Dutchman. Needing to be back for work by 6, once I saw we were after 4 at Parker Pass (and I had a 1 hr 45 minute drive back to Tucson), I said my goodbyes to the guys, strapped the pack on tight, and ran out the final stretch.

    Dave1, Turtle Jr...great meeting you. Rest of you guys, a pleasure hanging out with you again. Bruce, thanks for setting this up and for being such a good sport as Joe and I put you on the receiving end of several great one-liners. You dish em out pretty well, too. :gun:

    I think that covers it ... oh, if you want to know about the freebasing, that was the best one-liner of the day, thanks to Turtle Sr. You'll have to ask him about that one :D .
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    Battleship - Garden Valley - Bull Run Loop
    Since everyone except little Denny has tackled the ship we had him lead through Boulder Canyon. It's a challenge to keep on trail since it resembles the dashed line you see on maps. He did a fine job too bouncing back with resilient character.

    Everyone got up without issue steering clear of Bruce to keep from getting pushed or "dropped". The wind up top was fierce. Moment of the day was after 9 seconds waiting for the group photo. The camera blew off with the tripod.

    9 split to 7 and we headed to Lower LaBarge Box. Out of the wind, a little warmer and with nice light this was the nicest half hour of the day. The denny dumpling gang matched harmony singing the bon voyage song. We all winced as Bruce and Denny exchanged hugs and kisses.

    Continuing on, Ray wasn't feeling well. We've all been down that unpleasant road. Father Dave helped carrying his pack. Back on trail he bounced back!

    Several of us alluded the final miles on the Dutchman 104 are not in our favorites list. Albeit a good trail, it's a subtle mundane roller coaster that drags on. On the same token I appreciate it as I vividly remember the days when Parker Pass was my limit.

    No trivial hiked descriptions linked. It was great to see everyone. Maybe one of these years the Turtle & Eagle's New Year's hike could sync and cross paths at an early lunch peak with the Outdoor Lover hike!
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    Battleship - Garden Valley - Bull Run Loop
    For me and Denny, our 6th annual New Years Eve installment.

    We assembled a motley crew to join us. A Padre, a man child, a HAZ grandmaster, one more comfortable one wheels, A flash with discount legs, one who sheds liquid, A 4 time DOTY, and one playing in his backyard.

    The day started chilly at 1st water. We passed up a Mule Deer, then a sleeping Coti on 2nd water trail. The non-Trail up the initial climb of Battleship is getting well defined. The high wind forced you to be a bit more careful walking across the spine.

    Time at the top was limited to quick snacks an the obligatory 2016 Glasses shots because of the cold wind. I lost my hat down the side of the mountain and my camera on a small tripod was blown over.

    Back down to the saddle, LP and Mr. Supes split to do some 'splorin' as the rest of the group went down to LaBarge Box/Canyon. This area always amazes me. At this point, the Turtle Twins headed back as one had a curfew. This left Joe, Dave, Dave, Ray and myself for the remainder. Traversing LaBarge Canyon in slow going in spots. Some boulder climbing, water avoidance and thickish areas. But pretty for sure. We had a lucky close range Skunk encounter.

    Once on Calvary, it was a walk in the Supes back to the TH.

    A great hike with a great group of misfits!

    Video :next: ... -JXI

    Note: No Dennys were harmed during the process of this hike.
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    Western Superstition Loop
    For about the last two months, me and my compadres were pretty set on picking up segment hiking the AZT again this Thanksgiving. In particular, we were planning on doing the Mazzies (Segments 23 and 24). I put a lot of planning into that trip, and excluding the thought of just how cold it might get up there, I was extremely excited to get a proper dose of the Mazatzals.

    Fast forward to last weekend, I started having some problems with my IT band. My routine jaunt at South Mountain turned into a trudge on the way down. Every downhill step felt like a knife we being inserted into the outer side of my left knee. I decided it probably wouldn't be smart to hike deep into the Mazzies with the possibility of being slowed to a 0.5 mph pace. There are only a few places to bail along those segments, and where you can bail the trails may not be in the best of condition.

    I spent all of last week on the prowl for a different route to hike which had more opportunities to get out if my IT band started acting up. I set my sights on hiking AZT Segments 7, 8, and 9. I spent a few days getting all the logistics worked out and once I was on the verge of sealing the deal, our pickup ride fell through. Since we were unsuccessful in bribing or begging family members to come pick us up, we were back at square one. ](*,)

    I've wanted to give the Superstitions a proper exploring for a while now, so that's where I looked next. Using the HAZ Route Manager, Mapped Areas, and my Trails Illustrated map, I came up with 3 possible alternatives. A western, central, and eastern Superstition loops, all around 40 - 45 miles. (On a side note, this exercise made me realize just how well connected the Superstition Wilderness trails are.) We ruled out the central loop because of a lack of certainty about water. We ruled out the eastern loop because we were just recently in the area when we did Reavis Ranch in October, and we will be back to finish the Superstition Wilderness segment of the AZT soon. Western Superstition Loop it was. Here is the actual route for those interested: ... &M=6

    Now for the actual trip...

    Day 1
    Route: First Water TH :next: Second Water :next: Boulder Canyon :next: Calvary :next: Dutchman :next: Red Tanks :next: Whiskey Springs

    We started the day by building a calorie base to burn off at Filiberto's (don't judge). After stuffing our faces, we headed over to First Water TH.

    Once at the busy trailhead, we quickly put on our trail runners, strapped the packs on, and entered the Superstition Wilderness. Second Water trail is pretty flat, but offered a couple of good views of the Goldfields and the back side of Superstition ridgeline. On the descent into Boulder Canyon, we came upon our first encounter with water. A good omen! Second Water Canyon had a light flow. We took a quick break in the cool oasis before connecting up with Boulder Canyon. This would be the general trend for the rest of Day 1. Hopping from canyon to canyon, oasis to oasis.

    Upon connecting up with Boulder Canyon, we had to pay a little more attention to the trail. Cairns guided us along the creek bed, and the bush started to close in along the trail. Standard wilderness trail conditions, though. Before we knew it, we were at the junction with Cavalry. After a short but steep climb, you come around a corner and you're hit with a great view of Malapais Mountain and the adjacent canyons. This is when things really started to get exciting.

    The walk along Marsh Valley into La Barge Canyon has lots of interesting rock formations to look at, and near every water source you hit a canopy of vegetation which can make you forget you're in the middle of a desert. After connecting with Dutchman, we hit up Charlebois which was running and had plenty of water. We took a break and ate some lunch.

    After eating, we continued down La Barge Canyon and connected with Red Tanks. The trail became a little more difficult to follow, and more overgrown, but we were usually able to get back on track pretty quickly. I did have to use Route Scout a few times. We were stunned when we turned a corner and saw bright orange and yellow near Oak Spring. This kind of autumn foliage isn't something I ever expected to see in the desert.

    Originally we had planned to setup camp at the Whiskey Springs/Red Tanks junction because it looked flat on the topo map. But when we got there we couldn't really find a nice place to camp, and we wanted water if we could find it. We decided to head up Whisky Springs Trail to see if the spring was running and if there was a good spot to camp. The spring was dripping just enough to fill up the small concrete trough on the hillside. Great water. We also scored a premium camping spot right near the spring with plenty of trees, grass, and flat ground.

    Day 1 was a success. Overall it was very mild in terms of climbing, but it was just what I needed to know if my IT band was going to be able to handle this or not. We built a fire, enjoyed some dinner, and climb into our tents around 8 pm. There is one thing I don't like about backpacking in late Autumn and Winter, it gets dark too early, and the sun doesn't come up early enough. Less time of hiking, more time of being cold in your tent.

    It was a cold night. I was on the verge of being uncomfortably cold in my bag a few times. I used the hot water bottle trick recommend to me by Sredfield and I was able heat back up fairly quickly.

    Day 2
    Route: Whisky Springs :next: Red Tanks (took up La Barge Canyon, turned around at Hoolie Bacon JCT) :next: Whiskey Springs :next: Dutchman :next: Bluff Springs :next: Peralta

    It was hard to get out of my sleeping bag in the morning. Whiskey Springs sits in a spot where it doesn't get hit by the sun until later in the day. By the time we were packed up and back on the trailm it was already 10 am... Not good when you have a very limited number of day light hours. The plan for the day was to head up Upper La Barge Canyon to the Hoolie Bacon TJ to see some cedars.

    After reconnecting with Red Tanks, we headed up Upper La Barge. The route near the very bottom of the canyon was a little confusing and extremely bushy, but we persevered and soon we were walk up along the side of the canyon. A nice little climb but nothing too tough, lots of cool rock formations to look at.

    We took a break under a cedar near the junction and dreamed up doing a loop from Peralta or First Water to Reavis Ranch and back. A SUPER loop of sorts. Maybe some day.

    After a quick snack, we headed back down La Barge Canyon and back up Whiskey Springs towards Dutchman. The climb up Whiskey Springs is a little bit of a drag, but you're rewarded with great views of Miners Needle, Weavers Needle, and small parts of the valley, after you top out.

    After connecting with Dutchman, we headed towards Peralta TH via Bluff Springs. There were a few pools of water in Barks Canyon. I've done Weavers Needle Loop before and this was one of my favorite sections of that loop, although the downhill on Bluff Springs just before the trailhead had the knee hurting a bit.

    We hit the trailhead and enjoyed a break in some shade before heading up to Fremont Saddle, the only strenuous climb of the entire trip. We were in a race to hit the top to set up camp before the sun went down. As usual, there were lots of people on the trail coming down from the saddle. This was the first time I've done this climb with day light, I've night hiked up the canyon a few times before.

    We beat the sun up to the top and setup camp. Another cold night, but I didn't have to use a warm water bottle to feel comfortable.

    Day 3
    Route: Peralta :next: Lone Pine :next: Peralta :next: Dutchman :next: Bull Pass :next: Dutchman :next: First Water TH

    It was a little easier to get up on the 3rd day. The sun hits the saddle pretty early and with the added motivation of beating the droves of people coming up the saddle we were on the trail by 9am. Not great, but better.

    We made a quick visit to the Lone Pine. I got stung by a scorpion there for the first time back in Feburary. I immediately packed out because I was anxious about having an allergic reaction to the sting... Now I just look back and laugh at it. Someone left 3 or 4 cans of food up near the tree... :gun:

    Back at the saddle, there were already a few groups of people sitting around. We left the crowds and headed down the other side of the saddle towards Dutchman. It looks like someone came through here recently and trimmed everything back with a machete, it was a much nicer trail than when I did it the first time. It was really nice not having to deal with stuff trying to poke you and it was a stark contrast to the kind of trails we were on the last couple of days. There were a few pools in East Boulder Canyon right before Pinon Camp, but it was complete dry at the junction with East Boulder Weaver's View.

    We made our way up to Upper Black Top Mesa Pass, took a quick break, then passed Terrapin before connecting up with Bull Pass. After topping out and descending down from the pass to Dutchman, we took a break because my knee was hurting. At this point the past 2 days of hiking and the lack of proper nutrition started to catch up with us.

    After physically recharging, we started the final stretch from Dutchman back to First Water TH. With the thought of a proper meal and a hot shower in mind, we hiked with haste and didn't stop til we got back to the trailhead. I feel as though this loop lost a lot of its scenic value after reaching the bottom of Peralta, the trudge back to first water was, in my opinion, pretty uninteresting. We knew were close to the TH when the crowds started to get thicker.


    Overall this loop was way more scenic than I had anticipated for something I just threw together to make miles. It wasn't anything extreme, but it was still very enjoyable and just enough climbing in Day 2 to feel like a good workout. It was also great to get some more experience on trails which require a little more attention to the route, and I definitely gained a little more route finding confidence on this one. A proper dose of cat claw and other desert pokers is also always humbling. :D

    Thankfully, my IT band held up pretty well. I used a brace that my cousin loaned me and the pain never progressed passed moderate on the steep downhills, and it quickly recovered after taking breaks. I hope that means it'll be completely healed soon.

    This was the first big backpacking route that I've put together from scratch, and I really enjoyed doing it. Big thanks to the developers of this site! Route Manager, Mapped Areas, and Water Reports are extremely valuable tools and they saved my ass this weekend!
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    Superstitions - First Water Loop
    Back to Arizona again, from Minnesota. We missed last year, so this year it was especially nice to see the desert in such a lush, green condition with flowers in full bloom. We entered at First Water and camped four nights as we wandered via Second Water Trail to Boulder Canyon to Cavalry Trail to Dutchmen Trail (with a detour to Needle Canyon for a night), then back to Dutchmen to the point of beginning.
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    Met up with Kyle and Claire for a wet hike in the Supes. Rain was in the forecast and we came prepared. We arrived at the first water trailhead during a light rain a little after 8am and saw Wally in the parking lot. We chatted for a bit and started our hike in. Wally continued straight on the Dutchman Trail and we went left on Second Water.

    We passed a few people up to Garden Valley and then didn't see another soul the rest of the day. The rain also tapered off. We dropped down in Boulder Canyon and found Boulder Creek running strong! We managed to rock hop and stay dry across the first crossing. We arrived at the second and knew we had to get wet. We hopped in and made the crossing. We continued south in Boulder Canyon and had to make several wet crossings. It was really fun!

    We connected on the Cavalry Trail and our paced picked up as we proceeded to Marsh Valley. We all felt great at the intersection with the Dutchman Trail so we went east over to Charlebois Spring. The skies were overcast but the rain was holding off. We took a lunch at Charlebois and then started our return.

    The return hike flew by. We crossed the Bull Pass Trail and noticed some weather moving in. A light rain started falling and it was really enjoyable. The temps were cool but pleasant and all of us were comfortable. There were a few wet crossing along the Dutchman trail and we were back to the trailhead around 4pm. The Supes in the rain never get old!

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Phoenix, take US60 E to Peralta Rd, which is past Gold Canyon another...3 miles or so. Turn north onto Peralta Rd. Take it through the subdivision. Be careful of the speed limit near the school. It turns to dirt past the school, take it 7 more miles to Peralta Trailhead. Hike The Bluff Springs Trail to the Terrapin Trail to the Dutchman approximately 8 miles to reach the intersection of Cavalry and Dutchman.

    You could do this trail from First Water or Boulder Canyon Trailheads as well...the loop you pick is up to you.
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