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Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2012
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Hiking6.50 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   4 Hrs      2.17 mph
850 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
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So, Jersey Boy wanted to do the Supes today, so we did! :D Van found out we were going and decided to join us. :) I'm just sorry that I was one of the first HAZers he has gotten to meet... :sl:

Met at the TH at 10:00 and took off, going CCW. We were doing Rick Vincent's variation of the Loop...Kind of a blend of Hackberry Spring and Garden Valley Loops. Second Water Trail went quickly, even going through a group of about 20 Hikers.... :o Got to the intersection with Black Mesa and explored the Ruins a little before heading into Garden Valley. Never ceases to amaze me how smooth and nice the Trails are going through the Valley....

Took the Guys on a little side Trip involving a Mine/Cave and an Arch. Enjoyed the sweeping views in this area, as well as watching the guys play in the Arch a little bit.... :D After the Arch, got back on the Trail and ran into a nice group of Horseback Riders. Visited with them for a few minutes and continued on our way.

Hit the Intersection I was looking for and turned North, leaving the Hackberry Spring Route. This brought us around the Butte and into the Hackberry Spring area from the back side. Really nice area in there, small Canyon that closed in, almost forming a small Slot Canyon... :) Looked for the Spring, but never did find it...Kind of Frustrating...I think we ended up passing it, Alex went back in to look for it, but still couldn't pinpoint it....I guess I'm gonna have to bribe Jack or Kat into going in there with me to show me the location.... ;) :D

In First Water Creek, there were some nice little Pools and a little bit of flow in one area, with the deeper, more permanent ones being a little green...Got to the Ranch and poked around a little bit before starting the climb out to the Road. Walked the Road back to the Cars.

Standing in the Parking Lot talking Post-Hike, and Van spots a Tarantula minding his own business, crossing the Parking Lot. Bad timing Bud, since I decided to play with him a little. I kinda put him in Defense mode right away, so I ended up not picking him up. I did herd him between the Cars, and made him pose for a couple of Photos before allowing him to continue on his way....He made it safely across without getting run over by a Car or getting picked off by a Bird, so it was all good....

Alex and Van, it was a good day. :y: Nice, light Hike with some fun and great Scenery. Alex, see ya in the morning.... :D Van, it was a pleasure to meet you and if I didn't scare ya off, we'll go again soon! :D Thanks for the great company, both of you!!! :)
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Pools and some Light Flow in-between the Spring area and the Ranch.
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