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Barks Lower Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2010
snakemarks
Hiking5.50 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
900 ft AEG
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The creeks were already flowing so, after another rainy weekend, I figured everything would be in fine form. Driving in on Peralta Rd, I counted 6 washes that had water flowing over the road and several other spots with pooled water. Wow. I've never seen that much before. The Peralta Creek crossing right at the beginning of the Dutchman Trail had cascades, the slopes were all dotted with streaking water and the Bluff Springs Trail had become a stream of it's own. The sound of rushing water could be heard the entire way. Wished I wasn't wearing waterproof boots. It was going to be a real chore to keep from getting in over my ankles.

As expected, Barks Canyon was white water from beginning to end and it was beautiful out there. Navigation wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be, but the perpetual zig-zag back and forth in the pursuit of dry feet was a real time suck and added some mileage. But, it was a fun hike and I took my time enjoying the place.

Getting close to the end of the canyon, I didn't want to head back so soon. As I walked past the old mine, I contemplated the tunnel for a moment, as if the idea of crawling into a small, black dead-end hole to await the frenzied assault of panicked bats would suddenly appeal to me. But, once again, it did not. So after spending some time checking out the cool looking rock near the turn-off, I headed back to the busy trail head and the rest of civilization.

Outside of the parking lot, I didn't see anyone else the entire hike - not even on the Dutchman section. The Peralta Trail was hopping, as usual, but I still had the whole place to myself. Nice.
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