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Marsh Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2013
slowandsteady
Hiking23.84 Miles 3,175 AEG
Hiking23.84 Miles   10 Hrs   45 Mns   2.38 mph
3,175 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Last week I set a personal record of hiking a 16 mile day hike. I guess I thought the next logical step was 23 miles.... I got a little too big for my britches, my ambition may be exceeding my ability!

We set out from the First Water Trailhead at exactly 8am. Between the 2nd Water Trail intersection and Garden valley we saw three large camping groups. We saw two people camping on Boulder Canyon right before we got to the Calvary Trail. A long legged gentleman from Iowa chatted with us before cruising on his way.

We ate lunch in Marsh Valley right before the Dutchman intersection. We had made a plan that if we got to this intersection before Noon, then we could go for the 23. It was only 11:30 so we went for it. I didn't expect to be walking in so much sand. We saw two guys camped before Charlebois and we chatted for a bit. Then we ran into Tough Boots and John9L, it was nice to meet them in person, I felt like we were already old friends from reading trip logs and looking at pictures! We then passed a group of kids at the Red Tanks intersection, then two guys who were taking a break. We saw 10 people on Bluff Springs Trail.

I changed my socks at the Terrapin Trail intersection hoping to trick my feet into thinking they were just beginning. We didn't see any more hikers from there until the end. The scenery was pretty because the sun was starting to go down and casting out new colors. We got to Parker Pass with and were happy it was the downhill final stretch. At 6:30 I broke down and turned on my headlamp for the final 15 minutes. Whew!
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