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Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2013
AZLumberjack
Hiking6.31 Miles 1,187 AEG
Hiking6.31 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   2.02 mph
1,187 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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Supposed to get warm today so I figured that I should best get out early, at least that was the plan. I wanted to hit the trail to the Massacre Falls so I drove out to First Water TH where I met one of my Forest Service partners working a partially empty parking lot. It was great to talk with Dean after my 6-month absence.

There must have been a dozen buses at the Horse Trailer lot and Dean told me that 300 Boy Scouts were out crashing around the desert looking for markers that had been placed in strategic locations. This was for an orienteering course that would earn them a merit badge.

I left First Water and drove back to Crosscut TH, reset the GPS, grabbed my gear and hit the trails around 0900. Only one other vehicle in that big parking lot so I had the trails all to myself, a real surprise for the beautiful weather we were having.

The first mile of trail to the old TH was in good condition with little brush and easy to follow. From there, however the older trail was overgrown in places, washed out in places and lots of loose rocks on the incline/decline sections.

Had to bust a lot of brush and I left the required amount of blood on the Catsclaw :o as I made my way to the base of the falls. The falls was dry and there wasn't even a pool at the base to wash off the blood :? so I had to use a bit from the pack.

On the return from the falls, I toured the top of the high cliffs overlooking the Massacre Grounds and saw the familiar sights like Four Peaks, Garden Valley, Hoodoo's on the ridgeline and Weavers Needle all off in the distance. Still had the trails all to myself, what an unexpected pleasure.

As I was heading back, I ran into my first group of hikers, exchanged greetings and continued on my way. Those loose rock sections are pretty nasty on the way down so I was taking shorter steps lest my footing lost traction, but I was soon back at the old TH and on the new trail to Crosscut.

It was noon by the time I got back to my truck so I popped a cool one as I packed my gear away and checked the miles on the GPS. Still only 5 vehicles in the lot......but this won't last long though :( Sure is great to be back in the Superstitions :y:
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Brittle Bush is pretty dry and the brush below the falls is lush green.

dry Weekes Wash at Crosscut #58 TH Dry Dry
No water flowing over Massacre Falls, no water flowing in the creeks.
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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