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Hidden Valley Loop - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2012
wallyfrack
Hiking13.90 Miles 3,823 AEG
Hiking13.90 Miles   7 Hrs   58 Mns   1.74 mph
3,823 ft AEG
 
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I've been meaning to get back on Bluff Spring Mountain to tour Hidden Valley so when Kyle posted the hike the door was open. We met at the Peralta TH at 6a and started hiking by the moonlight. Yes we had headlamps but soon realized it was easy to hike without them. The pace was good and soon enough we were looking for the Ely-Anderson trail. The Ely-Anderson was easy to follow but we rested a few times to keep the group together. Once on the top we saw the old rock wall that I seemed to always pass by without noticing. The group decided to go up to Bluff Spring Summit first and we took a short break to take in the views. Next we went north on the ridge to a saddle and hiked down into Hidden Valley. The brush is thick in spots but we avoided it by sticking to the wash bed. We saw the old stone wall(dam?) across the wash on the way in stop there to check it out. At about 10:30a we were at the waterfall at the north end. We took turns looking over the edge and at the view of Malapais Mtn and Four Peaks. we stopped to eat and about 11a Dave & John decided to take Dave's bail route around the waterfall. Joe, Kyle Rachel and I really wanted to see the chair we missed on the way in and decided to return via Hidden Valley. Joe and I were moving a good pace and we waited for the others and asked if they wanted us to wait or keep going. Kyle and Rachel set us free and we said our good byes and moved on. We made good time on the Hidden Valley exit even though it was uphill. We found the coveted chair and even found a water cache left by the boy scouts on the way back. Once back on Bluff Spring trail we wondered how far ahead Dave & John were by now. About 200 feet from the Terrapin/Bluff Spring intersection we saw them and immediately started racing to the sign post like it was the finish line. The four of us hiked out from there but John was setting the pace so we got back to the TH in about 45 minutes finishing just after 2p. :sweat: Thanks for setting this up Kyle.
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