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Great hike, outstanding trail run
GPX route is highly recommended.
Half an hour east of Mesa, this has become my favorite local trail run. First Water trailhead is National Forest, but no pass/fee required. Aside from a few short stretches of running on "baby head" size streambed rocks, the elevation shifts and terrain are (for the area) unusually well-suited to trail running. There is no major peak to bag, but the trip hands out several awesome 360º views of the northern Supes out to Weaver's Needle. The real star though is the bit through a decently tight, relatively shady, steep-walled canyon.
An encounter with a very big, tightly coiled, loudly vibrating rattler right in the middle of this trail today convinced me how dangerous it could be to wear headphones (even in just one ear) on a trail run. Hearing this guy when he was just a well-camouflaged step or two away absolutely saved me a trip to the ER.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.