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Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2015
AZLumberjack
Hiking3.55 Miles 726 AEG
Hiking3.55 Miles   2 Hrs   32 Mns   1.40 mph
726 ft AEG
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Wanted to get in a Superstitions hike before my Nephew had to return to Duluth, MN. :yuck: Not knowing what the weather might be, I finally decided on Hackberry Spring and see what happens from there. Picked up Fredy (yup only 1 'd' in Fredy) at 6:00 and drove to the horse parking lot on First Water where we got our duds on and hit the trail for the old corral alongside First Water Creek.

The Creek was dry except for some deep pools with a greenish color and lots of bees hovering around so we didn't waste much time admiring them. It was a beautiful morning in the upper 80's some humidity in the air and a welcome breeze that helped keep the exposed skin cool.

We followed the Creek through the narrow canyons, still shaded from the rising sun and soon arrived at Hackberry Spring. Lots, and I mean LOTS of bees hovering around the mud where the pipe spills its tiny flow onto the damp ground. So many bees that the humm could be heard back down by the dry creek bed :scared: We cautiously walked past them to the pool below the cliff where several frogs splashed into the pool and were soon hidden by the weeds growing in it.

We continued on following the creek downstream and then decided to make a loop by ascending the trail between Hackberry Mesa and the Butte. We opted not to continue on through Garden Valley, and instead continued our short loop down into the First Water Basin. As we approached the corral site, we finally heard the first voices of our morning hike and saw two female hikers heading down to the creek. The temps weren't in the triple digits yet, but it seemed strange that they were just now starting out.

Back at the horse lot, we had stashed some ice cold bottles of water in the truck that quickly quenched the thirst and then we had to make the normal stop at the Bluebird Mine Store and have a frosty brew as we had a conversation with Louis. Fredy was duly impressed with his first hike in the Superstitions and said He'll be back when the weather's more conducive to a longer hike.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Hackberry Spring Dripping Dripping
Very little flow, but it's dripping.
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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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