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Hackberry Spring from Horse Lot
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Hackberry Spring from Horse LotPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2014
AZLumberjack
Hiking3.94 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking3.94 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   1.18 mph
200 ft AEG
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Reflections of Autumn

Lots of chasing around the last couple of days so this morning I was determined to get out and get some exercise and see if there was any color left in the Hackberry Spring area following a day of intermittent rains. I left home a bit after 0800 and, after a muddy drive on First Water Road, parked at the Horse Trailer Parking Lot and got ready to hike.

It was a bit nippy for starters, even to the point of donning a down vest over my long sleeve shirts. Soon, when the blood began circulating, I was feeling warmer and the sun was beating down through a cloudless sky. The trails were still wet and muddy in places but only slippery when I got too much mud built up on the treads and tried rock hopping :?

When I got to First Water Creek it was nice to see all the pools filled with water and the sounds of running water echoed off the walls of the narrow canyons while all of the pools presented brilliant reflections of the surrounding cliffs, blue skies and autumn colors.

As I made my way through the deep pools in the narrow gorge and the canyon opened up, the valley was still in shade as the morning sun hadn't risen above the vertical cliffs high above me. I sat on a sand bar in the center of the wash and watched as the sun, ever so slowly, lit the Cottonwood trees from the top to the bottom. The trees in this protected lower canyon are still carrying a lot of leaves and it appears as though they still need a little more time before they're at full color.

Soon the sun was high above and large puffy clouds were beginning to form over Superstition Mountain and I was now removing warm layers to adjust my comfort level. More hikers were beginning to show up so I headed back through the old Barkley corral site, up the hill and returned to the parking lot to end my Sunday outing :D
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
The Cottonwoods and Willows are still a bit short of full autumn color.

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The water is only dripping from the pipe although the pool at the base of the cliff is full.
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