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Garden Valley Loop, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Superstitions NW
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,300 feet
Elevation Gain -226 feet
Accumulated Gain 660 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.55
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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10  2018-08-18 Esikes
1  2018-08-17 RickVincent
4  2018-08-09 RickVincent
47  2018-03-17
Second Water Canyon
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20  2018-02-16 elleryjk
13  2018-01-11
Garden Valley Hackberry Spring
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4  2017-12-27 Hansenaz
10  2017-10-21 Yoder
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 9 AM
Seasons   Winter to Early Spring
Sun  7:00am - 5:22pm
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Aylor
Aylor's Arch
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Battleship Mountain - Superstitions
Battleship Mountain - Superstitions
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2,100 ft
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition Mtns
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition Mtns
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9.0 mi
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Black Top Mesa
Black Top Mesa
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1,558 ft
Charlebois from First Water TH
Charlebois from First Water TH
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16.7 mi
2,490 ft
First Water TH to Canyon Lake
First Water TH to Canyon Lake
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1,589 ft
First Water TH to Peralta TH
First Water TH to Peralta TH
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11.8 mi
2,227 ft
First Water Upper Creek Loop
First Water Upper Creek Loop
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710 ft
Hackberry Spring Loop
Hackberry Spring Loop
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5.2 mi
700 ft
Marsh Valley Loop
Marsh Valley Loop
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16.3 mi
2,330 ft
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Prehistoric Indian Ruins
by Kelli Pearl

Likely In-Season!
Walk about 0.3 miles down a dirt road to the Dutchman's/Second Water Trail. Take the Second Water Trail east (left). Cross First Water Creek bed (which will most likely be dry) and continue on well-marked trail to Garden Valley. No route finding skills are necessary on this trail, and most hikers will enjoy the rock and sometimes boulder filled paths. You will have no doubt you've arrived in Garden Valley because the entire area is flat and covered with mesquite trees and chain fruit cholla cactus. In the middle of the Valley, you will come to the intersection of Second Water Trail/Black Mesa Trail. Just past the sign, you will see a mound of rocks, overgrown with grass and palo verde trees. This is the ruins of a prehistoric stone house, and the place where you can find red pottery shards and metates (grinding holes) in the rock floor.


From here you can take the unmarked horse trail continuing west to Hackberry Spring. Look toward the hillside when you get below the trail and the ravine to see evidence of old mine diggings. There are alternate return routes you can take, but we did this as an out and back. It's surprising how much beauty you find you missed when you're heading downhill.

Kelli Pearl
    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.

    Permit $$
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    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
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