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Red Tanks Super Loop - Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 24 2015
Tough_Boots
Backpack21.50 Miles 3,611 AEG
Backpack21.50 Miles2 Days         
3,611 ft AEG
 
The original plan was an overnight in the Skull Mesa area but unfortunately my partner couldn't make it so I left that one on the "to-do" list and headed into the Supes with my trusty steed (or mutt).

The Peralta TH was slammed on Saturday morning. I had to park in the overflow lot and we got started around 9:30. We passed a couple groups on the Dutchman and then even a group on Coffee Flat. The Coffee Flat trail is probably in the best shape I've seen it. We saw no cattle but plenty of pies. The Dripping Springs side of the private land boundary seemed pretty cow pie free so I would recommend anyone who needs water to hold off until then. Then there was a large group at Dripping Springs-- so many groups these days :o .

Lily was feeling good as we headed up Red Tanks. I kept thinking how it was also in the best condition I've ever seen it. Once you get out of Red Tanks Canyon-- it makes a change for worst. No one gets off the Red Tanks in one piece. My arms are pretty shredded. Lily did alright though-- the 18 inches or so closest to the ground were pretty clear :D

I came across of pair of ladies hiking the other direction. I told them they were about to hit the thick stuff. They told me I was about to hit the thick stuff. Good ol' Red Tanks...

We made it through more thick stuff and then came across a couple backpackers meeting a larger group out there. They weren't so keyed in on their route but I'm pretty sure they had a much longer day ahead of them than expected :o

My goal was to make it to Upper LaBarge Canyon and camp in that pretty little spot. Everytime I hike through there I say, "someday I'm gonna camp there". So that's what we did. We made it to camp at about 3:30. There's an easy path to water below from the site, too. I set up camp, made dinner, and watched the sun go down. It seemed a little silly to make a fire just for myself and a lot of effort to find enough to burn so I went to bed pretty early. Around 10 or 11 the winds picked up just as I had kind of worried about. They whipped through the canyon making it a little difficult to sleep. Luckily it wasn't really very cold, too.

I didn't wake up until around 7. I made some coffee, ate breakfast, broke camp, and headed out around 9:30. This section of Red Tanks was cake compared to the day before. I knew there would be plenty of water so I didn't have to carry any for Lily. That combined with her eating the last of her food-- my pack was feeling much nicer.

I didn't see anyone until LaBarge Spring. There were two groups camped there. We made pretty good time all day and stopped for a break at the Bluff Spring / Terrapin junction. Then we made way. We passed a few groups. Lily did a real solid two days but was pretty happy to see my truck. She has since been treated to some boiled chicken and a very deep nap.

Lots of water out there!
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