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Dripping Springs Super LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2011
Tough_Boots
Hiking19.50 Miles 2,661 AEG
Hiking19.50 Miles
2,661 ft AEG
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I hadn't been able to decide all week what I wanted to hike. This morning it came down to driving to Tucson or doing the Dripping Springs Super Loop. I decided I didn't want to make the drive and I also wanted to do the super loop before it got any warmer since its a pretty long one.

It was a beautiful day. The hike itself is just alright, though. Maybe its because I'd done all those trails before except for that section of Red Tanks. Coffee Flat seemed to be in better condition than when I hiked it not too long ago. I imagine this might be because of all the cattle grazing in the area and using the trail. They definitely are and there's the fresh cow patties to prove it-- they are actually just as useful as cairns. There were so many that I thought I might run into them and I did. Is there etiquette on how to get cows to move out of your way? I just kept walking towards them and eventually they ran away-- though, if there had been any bulls I might have found another route.

I was pleasantly surprised by the condition of Red Tanks. From all the triplogs I've read over the past few months, I was planning for a totally overgrown trail that would be hard to follow. The trail is obvious the whole time even while pushing through the growth (which was also not as bad as I expected). There were plenty of sharp things coming at me but nothing close to the worst I've done and its pretty isolated.

For the most part, Red Tanks is a little boring but has some areas with nice views. The highlight of the whole hike, though, is definitely Upper LaBarge. This stretch made the whole hike worth it. In this area I had to step over a large falled saguaro which looked like a recent casualty-- you could still see where the sap sprayed when it hit the ground.

Other than at the TH, I only saw a pair of backpackers all day. :)
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