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Charlebois from Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2014
AZLumberjack
Hiking14.77 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking14.77 Miles   9 Hrs      1.85 mph
2,700 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
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Charlebois Canyon and the Master Map

This is a Hike I have been wanting to do for some time now and finally everything came together so that I could finally do it with some great hiking friends. The planning didn't take too long to get everyone together for a one day hike from Peralta to Charlebois Springs and visit the "Master Map" while out there.

Saturday started out just about perfect with good temps and what should have been a partially cloudy day so we hit Cardiac Hill by 0730 and arrived at the Peralta Canyon overlook in quick fashion. The cloud cover was just about perfect to knock the edge off the bright sun and make for a good picture taking day, although there wasn't much color in the sunrise.

Hiking through Barks Canyon is shear pleasure cause the rock formations are some of the best in the Supes. By the time we were exiting Barks Canyon and joining the Dutchman Trail, the sun had burnt off the clouds and it soon began warming up. It was a pleasure to have Larry (Widowmaker) along since he had done this hike recently and was a good knowledge source for identifying the mountains and canyons that lay ahead of us.

At five miles into the hike we came upon the famous Saguaro with too many arms to count, however, the Saguaro is in its final stages of life and arms are breaking off and falling to the ground :( it's a very sad thing to see and knowing that it won't be around much longer. Back on the trail, it always amazes me how, in the midst of a drought, you can find patches of Mesquite, Jojoba, Palo Verde and others displaying full greenery.

We finally arrived at Charlebois Canyon (campground) and found the pools overflowing with clear cold water from the springs farther up the canyon. We removed our gear and had a quiet lunch break beside one of the deep pools, listening to the sounds of water tumbling over the rocks. The brush and Catsclaw was so dense further up the canyon that any thoughts of continuing our exploring were quickly dashed.

With our lunch and Chocolate Chip Cookies packed away again, we began our return hike with a side trip to the Master Map, sure wish I could decipher the circles, dots and lines making up the map because someone went through a lot of work chipping it into the rock :?

The sun was shining pretty intense now so as we found shaded areas our pace slowed to take full advantage of the cool trees. A bit of a breeze would have been a nice addition too. We made pretty good time on the return trip and as we hit Barks Canyon again, the late afternoon clouds made a reappearance. As we rounded a corner, Barkley Basin came into view with the sun still above the mountain ridge along its Southern edges. The winds around Casa Grande must be whipping up the sand and dust making it look like fog setting in between some of the lower hills.

It felt good to get back to the TH and get rid of the back packs at last. My Garmin GPS was showing 15.24 miles for our out-and-back hike but it was a good time had by all of us. Now it was time for Angela to open the cooler, pass around the bottles and we toasted to a good fun day with Pumpkin Spiced Beer. My heartfelt thanks to Angela, Ambika and Larry for putting up with an old hiker with bad knees for another outing in the Superstitions :y:

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Barks Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Pools had ample quantities of water although little flow.

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Some water can still be found in the shaded pools, lots of algae around the edges.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Charlebois Canyon Light flow Light flow
Water's flowing between clear pools but quickly disappears.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Charlebois Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Good flow coming into the upper pools.
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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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