Boulder Creek Loop
Hike: This Hike was done as an overnight backpack training hike, can be done as a day hike though. We started at the 1st water trailhead and followed trail 104 to the 2nd water trail(236). We followed trail 236 past the Black Mesa trail and set up camp in Garden Valley(aprox 2mi from start). 2nd water trail follows a mesa for aprox 1.5-2mi before decending to Boulder Canyon. Other than the lack of water this was a decent place to camp. Large open spaces off the trail. You can see the glow of city lights though no lights themselves. Good stargazing. There is a seasonal water hole for animal watching.
The next day we continued along 2nd water trail to Boulder Canyon. The decent to Boulder Canyon follows 2nd water creek. A side hike can be taken up 2nd water canyon to the spring. There are a few campsites along the creek. At Boulder Canyon we went right on the Boulder Canyon trail(103) to trail 104. This canyon follows a creek and requires many creek crossings and route finding to slow you down. It may have been easier to just follow the creek. Again there are numerous campsites along the creek. At Trail 104 we headed right and climbed back up to the 1st Water Trailhead. You can take the Black Mesa Trail(241) back instead it adds 0.6mi to the loop but on the map it looks shorter. There are numerous shaded spots in Boulder Canyon for rest and lunch. The rest of the hike is exposed.
Water: 2nd Water Creek and Spring, Boulder Canyon. Both locations would need to be filtered. We carried our own water for the trip.
Camping: Multiple sites in Garden Valley, along 2nd Water creek, and in Boulder Canyon
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.