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Hackberry Spring from Horse LotPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2012
AZLumberjack
Hiking9.25 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles   5 Hrs      1.85 mph
200 ft AEG
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On Thursday (3/10) I hiked down to the springs area to see if there was any spring color happening along First Water Creek. The trees and shrubs are leafing out nicely and the grass is growing, but there is almost a total absence of wild flowers. Hummingbirds and bees are flying around, but there's not much for them to enjoy.

It was a beautiful day and as I hiked through the final canyon, I caught the aroma of a campfire. Soon I came across a camper with three horses who had been spending the week enjoying his time and solitude along the dry creek. We talked for a few minutes, then I continued along the trails in search of spring color.

Couldn't find much, so I turned around and headed back to the horse lot. There's a trickle of water coming out of the pipe and the pool behind it is clear and cool with some beers floating and keeping chilled. Pools along the creek are quickly drying up.

On Saturday (3/10), I returned to the horse lot parking area and got an early start to see if I could catch some color from the morning sun. This time I headed along the trail towards Garden Valley but hung a left at the fence line and continued up the slick-rock dome. Once on the top, I was surprised at the views I was presented with.

Behind me was Superstition Mountain and the Flatiron, ahead of me was the First Water Creek bed hidden down in the valley continuing on to Canyon Lake. On my right was Hackberry Mesa and the peaks along the edge of Garden Valley, while off to my left was the colorful Goldfield Mountains. Also visible from here was a great view of Weavers Needle and the graceful stone arch above Garden Valley. Immediately below me, about 400 feet, was the creek bed and Hackberry Spring.

I had an enjoyable time wandering around the top of that dome for better than an hour before heading back down. How come getting down has to be so tough???? The dome can be kinda tricky because the smooth rock is steep in places and littered with scree. There are a couple of shallow but vertical cuts running up the East slope that have to be skirted around. BUT,,,It ain't crowded. :y:
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