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Marsh Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2013
Hansenaz
Hiking16.36 Miles 2,983 AEG
Hiking16.36 Miles   7 Hrs   29 Mns   2.35 mph
2,983 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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I hadn't done much trail walking, distance, or Superstition touring for a while so I figured this one has it all.

Walked the linked trails in the description counter-clockwise. About 8mi on the Dutchman was nice; most noteworthy was the blooming sage and the resulting buzzing insect party. A rattlesnake gave me a courtesy startle as I passed a few feet away.

Entering Marsh Valley the Cavalry Trail gets more overgrown and prickly. There will be blood.

The Boulder Canyon Trail was its usual self - lots of crossovers, easy to lose, and you do just as well boulder hopping down the middle.

The Second Water Trail was a welcome change, though I felt pretty tired on the uphill.

I saw few people away from the trailhead...a pair of backpackers in Boulder Canyon heading for the "Spanish Petroglyphs" and a bunch of Boy Scouts camped on the near side Of Indian Garden.
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Boulder Canyon Malapais Mountain
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