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Devil's Hole loop between Horseshoe & Bartlet, AZ
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Devil's Hole loop between Horseshoe & Bartlet, AZ 
Devil's Hole loop between Horseshoe & Bartlet, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2014
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Hiking37.26 Miles 5,977 AEG
Hiking37.26 Miles   14 Hrs   10 Mns   2.96 mph
5,977 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break
 
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My original goal was to do a loop hike via Indian Springs wash / FR42 / Cottonwood TH.

I parked at the Indian Springs TH (this would be my exit point) and headed down to the Rattlesnake cove to pick up the Palo Verde trail. I haven’t been on Palo Verde trail in about 10 years. I forgot how enjoyable this trail is. I enjoyed it so much that, I passed the FR42 turnoff and continued to the Bartlett flats area. This was my first time at the flats and I was impress how wide and long the beach is. It goes on for a 2 or 3 miles. The low water level has exposed a lot of new beach area. I spent too much time exploring around thus area. There was a nice cool breeze blowing and it was hard to leave. I’ll have to bring my son Nate here.

I headed back to the start of FR42. FR starts at the Palo Verde trail and crosses the North Lake road. This section has been closed to vehicles for a long time. Now I’m section that I did in the dark last January. The trail is pretty easy to follow in the day light! This time I stayed on the coast of Jack’s Cove and cutover to FR42. This avoided a bushwhack section of the trail and provided more scenic views of the lake.

The heat started to build up and I felt it on constant climbs. I stopped at Devil’s Hole to filter water. This was my first time using squeeze filter and it went way too slow. I realized that I brought the small bag. Next time I’ll bring the bigger bag.
It was late in the day and I still wanted to make the Cottonwood TH by the Horseshoe dam. Sad to say, I didn’t make it. I got about a mile from the end of FR42 before it started to get dark. I spent too much time at the Bartlett Flats. At least that gives me an excuse for a next time!

I took FR42 to FR532 back to the Jeep. I ran out of water about 3 miles from the Jeep. At least it was dark and cool.

The lake levels are very low. I almost considered hiking down the Verde to the Cottonwood TH. I saw some people camping in what used to be the Verde at the end of Jack’s Cove.
I saw one coyote near the beach area. A rabbit and I scared each other :scared: . It was dark and I stopped to sit a rock to drink some water and a rabbit jumped between my legs and high-tailed it down the trail :o !

It was a fun hike, but temps got way to warm for February!
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