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Cholla Tank, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 1.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,318 feet
Elevation Gain 80 feet
Accumulated Gain 140 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.1
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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14  2020-03-01 DarthStiller
4  2020-02-09 hikingaz2
8  2018-01-27 wallyfrack
13  2018-01-11
Garden Valley Hackberry Spring
8  2013-01-13 wallyfrack
8  2013-01-12 hikerdw
13  2011-12-17
Marsh Valley Loop
10  2011-04-02
Second Water Trail #236
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Author kanode
author avatar Guides 7
Routes 57
Photos 1,107
Trips 64 map ( 519 miles )
Age 73 Male Gender
Location Tempe, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:16am - 7:39pm
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Warning the 2019 Woodbury Fire & 2020 Sawtooth Fire damaged a majority of the Superstition Wilderness.
Frog Heaven
by kanode

The destination is a seasonal water pond that is 0.7 miles north, where the First Water trail starts its steep descent to Second Water Spring. It's an 8 mile round trip from the First Water trailhead. We started at 7 am on a 100-degree day and were out by 10:30 with the temperature in the low 90's. We hoped to find some animals around the tank, but there weren't even any tracks.

While we didn't see any large critters, there were several small ones: Diamondback Rattler, Tailless Whip Scorpion, lots of Leopard Frogs, caterpillars, grasshoppers, and dragonflies. I'd guess that the larger critters moved to higher, cooler country even though there's been water during the monsoon.

I haven't been able to find anything on the tank's history, but it is similar to the one in Garden Valley and was probably associated with the First Water Ranch.

The trail starts north precisely from the point opposite where the First Water Trail makes a sharp turn south and steeply down to Second Water Spring. The trail begins by crossing a small ravine then the rest is flat. The path is reasonably well defined and is shown on most topo maps as a secondary trail. The start of the trail was 140 feet farther east than shown on my Garmin Topo map.

There are great views of both Four Peaks and Weaver's Needle from near the tank. I climbed the side of Hackberry Mesa, trying to get a photo containing both the pond and Four Peaks. There were too many trees and bushes to see the pond once I got high enough to have a clear view of Four Peaks.

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2008-09-09 kanode
    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.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To First Water Trailhead
    From Mesa follow Highway 60 East to Idaho Road. Turn North onto Idaho Road which is SR88 and follow North 2.2 miles. SR88 bends right just past Scenic St. and Idaho continues North. Be sure to go right and stay on SR88. Follow SR88 5.2 miles to the signed turnoff for First Water Trailhead, this is FR-78. Turn right on to FR-78 and follow 2.6 miles to the end.

    This trailhead feature restrooms without running water. The large parking area fills up in season. When full utilize the Horse Lot 0.5 miles back.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 43.1 mi - about 59 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 136 mi - about 2 hours 16 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 187 mi - about 3 hours 3 mins
    page created by kanode on Sep 09 2008 3:48 pm
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