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camping in the superstitions

Posted: Oct 29 2002 7:51 am
by maw
Can you camp at Charlibois spring or La Barge spring? Are there any good camping spots around that area. Also is there water at Angel basin?

Posted: Oct 29 2002 8:52 am
by tracker
I would suggest camping away from the spring in Marsh valley. About a year ago my group and I picked up some water at charlbois spring and camped right next to the Labarge creek/river. Plently of trees and a sandy bottom to boot.

Posted: Oct 29 2002 12:53 pm
by scottmackey
I'm actually going to camp at Charlebois Spring next weekend. There should be some water there after our recent rains so I'm pretty excited. I got this book at REI titled Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Wilderness and it seems to be very good with maps, pictures, directions, etc. Anyways, good luck with your hike!

Posted: Oct 29 2002 1:00 pm
by Wiz
The camping area at Charlebois Spring that used to be so good has been planted with cactus to make it unusable for camping, thanks to Game and Fish. You can probably still get water there, but from what I'm told you'll have to find somewhere else to camp.
The Hiker's Guide is the big kahuna of Superstitions hiking books, hope it serves you as well as mine has me!

Posted: Oct 29 2002 9:23 pm
by Fritzski
Despite any futile attempts by the FS to thwart you, I'm sure you'll find plenty of suitable spots to camp in either of those areas. I personally prefer LaBarge over Charlebois - there is a beautiful stand of huge sycamores and cottonwoods next to the spring.

Wiz is right, you couldn't have made a better purchase for hiking in the Supes than Carlson's book. It is the only hiking book I've come across that is so well written and historically researched that you can just sit down at home and enjoy reading it cover to cover. He should be coming out with a "Volume II" within a year or so.

Posted: Oct 30 2002 5:54 am
by Wiz
Fritzski wrote: He should be coming out with a "Volume II" within a year or so.
So the story goes! But I haven't been able to pin him down to a date, and I believe Ms. Stewart is still recovering from a hiking-related injury. So we may be in for a wait. But you can bet that I'll have my copy before the ink is dry!

Water @ Angel Basin

Posted: Nov 08 2002 5:59 pm
by hikeaz
In the creekbed (off the trail) upstream of the ruin there is a spring, which most certainly has water. It is generally stagnant looking, but there should be plenty.
I've been there over a dozen times and no matter the season, there has been water.
Yes, including this past summer.
Have a good trip.
I might recommend a Rogers Trough to Angel Basin, Frog Tanks trail north, then over to Reavis Ranch (water there for sure), and the short trail back to Rogers Trough trailhead for a (roughly) 120 mile loop.
From Reavis area, you could day-hike to Circlestone" (about 2.5 hour R/T)

Correction 20 Mile loop +/-

Posted: Nov 08 2002 6:04 pm
by hikeaz
Correction 20 Mile loop +/-