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Boulder Canyon... water?

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Alright, I'm thinking about doing a bit of a type 2 backpacking trip tonight to see how fun/not fun it is to backpack in this heat. My plan is to just hike down second water to boulder canyon and spend the night there; nothing too strenuous or far. I'm curious if anyone thinks there will be water at second water spring or even in boulder canyon right now? We've obviously been getting some good rain but I'm not certain how quickly the water disappears in boulder canyon after rains; my guess is pretty quickly. My plan right now is to take enough water that I can get there and then scope out the water availability; if there isn't any, I'll just make it a bit of an out and back. My load out is only 7.5lbs without water so I'm not rucking around a million pounds in this heat.

Water reports in the supes in July/August are uhh... lacking... for obvious reasons. Just curious, especially on boulder canyon, what people have experienced water-wise there in the summer after monsoons. It'd be super cool if there was running water there I could dip my feet in but I have a feeling it takes a lot more sustained rain to get anything going in there.
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Re: Boulder Canyon... water?

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I just took a short hike down First Water Creek on Thursday to check on the condition of the burn and water levels in the creek. NOT impressive, see my report
https://hikearizona.com/x.php?I=4&UID=51793
Boulder usually has deeper pools but I don't know about its quality following the burn and chemical aerial retardant dumps.
On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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@AZLumberjack
The mosquitoes. Oh god the mosquitos. I ended up doing this last night, second water down to boulder canyon. The mosquitos were decently bad and then I got down to Boulder canyon and it was absolutely insane. Boulder had tons of water everywhere, even a tiny bit of flow in spots. Second water trail also had water everywhere in the washes and pooled on the slick rock.
This was mainly a test to try out my new hammock tarp that’s a pretty small asym one; I wanted to test it somewhere that if I got wet, wasn’t a big deal since it’s hot. For that one reason, the trip was a success because we got some heavy rain and I stayed dry. I can still hear the mosquitos buzzing in my ear though. I’m staying out of there until they’re all dead 🤣
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