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Hidden Valley Loop - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2012
John9L
Hiking14.15 Miles 3,652 AEG
Hiking14.15 Miles
3,652 ft AEG
 
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Kyle wanted to get back out to Hidden Valley and I was happy to join him. This would be my first trip to Bluff Springs Mountain & Hidden Valley.

We started our hike around 8am and cruised up Bluff Springs Trail. We found ourselves at the Ely Anderson trail and started making our way up. This is a good route and the trail is fairly easy to follow. After some effort we reached the rock wall and then things leveled off. From here we hiked cross country towards Bluff Springs Mountain Summit. The cactus and shrubbery were piercing directly through my shoes. I decided I'm getting a good pair of boots!

Reaching the summit was fairly easy. We found Tortise Hiker in the summit register. After that we bushwhacked down into Hidden Valley. Some of it was a pain but we made it down relatively quickly. Once in Hidden Valley we picked up the wash and followed that north. The going was slow and difficult at times as we made our way down the wash. After considerable effort we reached the waterfall at the end. It was lunch time!

After eating we started the return hike. I was surprised at how quickly we made our way back. Your speed is limited because you need to do lots of scrambling and your constantly avoiding trees and shrubbery. Being that it was our second time through, we had a good feel for the path of least resistance. We got back to the folding chair and continued south. We took an alternate route up and out of the valley. It was more direct and we even found a cairned route that returned us right to the Ely Anderson trail. From there it was a fairly quick return to the car at Peralta.

This is a solid yet difficult hike. All the bush whacking makes things difficult. You will definitely use all your route finding skills as well. I also would have liked to have another liter of water. I started with 4.5 liters. Give this route a try if your up for a serious challenge and want to visit an area few see. We did not see a soul once we got away from the trailhead.
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