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Coffee Flat Trail #108, AZ
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We did an out and back jaunt (page data is one-way for the official length of the trail) with astounding vegetation in the Superstitions even at the end of a summer season. This isn't the desert I always read about! The beauty out there is quiet and has the calm of rolling hills punctuated by sharp cliffs with strange spires. If you awoke here you would feel you were many miles into the wilderness.


The first part of the hike leaves Peralta on the Dutchman trail and climbs a small rise before dropping down into Barkley Basin. This part is fairly easy and winds along to the junction of the Dutchman and Coffee Flat. Here you veer right to cross Barkley Basin. Lots of ravines with ups and down and a trail more rocky and not as well defined as the Dutchman trail. Easy to follow however. You climb the south side of Barkley Basin and stop at the remains of an old wagon road that was used in the late 1800s from Mesa to Superior. We marveled at how rough that trip must have been. We continued on to climb over a pass to drop into Whitlow Canyon before climbing another pass to drop into Coffee Flat proper.

The vegetation seems to get greener and lusher as you go. In Whitlow Canyon go south about 100 feet to the old corral. Try to visualize that activity in this wilderness. A rocky climb and sharp descent take you to the south end of Coffee Flat at Reeds Water in he shadow of Buzzard's Roost. Return the same route ending with the long climb out of Barkley Basin back to the lot.

This is a nice hike. Had we started at daybreak we might have tried to get to Dripping Springs but that RT of 13.5 miles might be a bit much for one day for me. Finally, again, I mention the lush trees and desert bushes and ground cover--even grass that we found. We did not find water but did find two old windmills at Reeds Water and doubtless much of the year there is water in the area.
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 7.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,580 feet
Elevation Gain 680 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,100 feet
Avg Time One Way 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.17
Author OhOh7
Descriptions 15
Routes 2
Photos 1,591
Trips 81 map ( 435 miles )
Age 81
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Viewed All Mine Following
15  2017-03-04
Red Tanks Super Loop - Peralta TH
lindaagm
10  2017-03-02
Whitlow Canyon Creek
Daytripper
21  2017-02-25
Woodbury Coffee and Red Bacon with JF
The_Eagle
20  2017-02-25
Woodbury Coffee and Red Bacon with JF
joebartels
26  2017-02-08
Coffee Flat Canyon
Mr_Squishy
15  2017-02-06 Mick
10  2017-02-05
Dutchman Trail #104
mazatzal
19  2017-02-02
Fraser - Randolph Loop
hikingaz2
85  2017-01-12
Coffee Flats to Red Tanks Loop
Stavman
2  2016-12-03 capcyclone
14  2016-02-17
Reeds Water Backpack
AZWanderingBear
10  2016-01-23
Dutchman Trail #104
AZBeaver
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Sun  6:36am - 5:43pm
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by OhOh7

We did an out and back jaunt (page data is one-way for the official length of the trail) with astounding vegetation in the Superstitions even at the end of a summer season. This isn't the desert I always read about! The beauty out there is quiet and has the calm of rolling hills punctuated by sharp cliffs with strange spires. If you awoke here you would feel you were many miles into the wilderness.


The first part of the hike leaves Peralta on the Dutchman trail and climbs a small rise before dropping down into Barkley Basin. This part is fairly easy and winds along to the junction of the Dutchman and Coffee Flat. Here you veer right to cross Barkley Basin. Lots of ravines with ups and down and a trail more rocky and not as well defined as the Dutchman trail. Easy to follow however. You climb the south side of Barkley Basin and stop at the remains of an old wagon road that was used in the late 1800s from Mesa to Superior. We marveled at how rough that trip must have been. We continued on to climb over a pass to drop into Whitlow Canyon before climbing another pass to drop into Coffee Flat proper.

The vegetation seems to get greener and lusher as you go. In Whitlow Canyon go south about 100 feet to the old corral. Try to visualize that activity in this wilderness. A rocky climb and sharp descent take you to the south end of Coffee Flat at Reeds Water in he shadow of Buzzard's Roost. Return the same route ending with the long climb out of Barkley Basin back to the lot.

This is a nice hike. Had we started at daybreak we might have tried to get to Dripping Springs but that RT of 13.5 miles might be a bit much for one day for me. Finally, again, I mention the lush trees and desert bushes and ground cover--even grass that we found. We did not find water but did find two old windmills at Reeds Water and doubtless much of the year there is water in the area.
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    Directions
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    To Peralta Trailhead
    7.6 miles east of the junction Idaho Rd / US-60. Turn Left on to FS77 which is Peralta Road. Follow FS77 5.6 miles to a left and up turnoff. Continue 1.9 miles to Peralta Trailhead.

    The trailhead has restrooms minus running water. The parking lot is huge. It does fill up in season on weekends. Since there are no lines the rangers ask that you park straight between the posts in the main lot. Please do your part with this simple request and make room for the next guy. 0.5 miles before reaching the trailhead is an overflow lot which is also suited for horse trailer parking.

    From PHX (Jct I-10 & AZ-51) 45.2 mi - about 1 hour 8 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 97.0 mi - about 2 hours 16 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 192 mi - about 3 hours 15 mins
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