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Hackberry Creeks n Peaks Super Loop, AZ
mini location map2015-11-07
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Hackberry Creeks n Peaks Super Loop, AZ 
Hackberry Creeks n Peaks Super Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking14.77 Miles 2,750 AEG
Hiking14.77 Miles   9 Hrs   31 Mns   1.79 mph
2,750 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
With the good weather, Joe put together a route in the western Superstitions, to cover some areas we hadn't been to before. Chilly and windy to start, I was shocked that there were so few cars in the First Water TH.

We made our way to the Overflow/horse lot and hopped the rail to get on an unofficial well used "Use" trail making it's way up to First Water Creek. It's an easy hike to get to Hackberry Spring. There are a few nice camp sites close to the spring that has a nice clear collection pool currently.

Continuing up First Water, travel was still easy and scenic. 4 miles in, we headed east up and unnamed canyon to gain the summit of one of the twin peaks to about 2730' We had a different perspective of the Wilderness from up here. The air was crisp, and clear making the views special. The wind was blowing around 30mph and in this video I actually had my thumb over the microphone.

:next: https://youtube.com ... 7WJU

Down the east side of the peaks, then SE into what I'm calling Cholla Tank Canyon. When travel got thick in this canyon, we hopped out to the NE.

It was here, when Joe and I were walking about 8' apart, that he stopped dead in his tracks. On the edge of the volcanic scree was a Backpack, waist pack, and shirt. These had all been sitting here for sometime. Based on the decay, we were guessing 3 - 5 years. We went through the packs looking for some Id. A Swiss army knife, sun screen, sandals, shirt, sweeter, jacket, tent w/ poles, inflatable sleeping pad, and a recreational glass pipe. Absent were any electronics, sleeping bag, and any identification. We did a cursory walk around the area for any other signs, with nothing found. When I got home, i gave the location and info to SAR. They said they were going to send a crew out to check it out and let me know what else they found.

We checked out Cholla Tank, then made our way to the top of Hackberry Mesa for some views and lunch. Hackberry Butte was the next little climb on the list. This would take us above the area where we passed Hackberry Spring earlier.

After this point Joe promised stuff that never materialized. An enjoyable day in some new areas of the Supes for me.
Flora
Flora
Staghorn Cholla

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cholla Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
Plenty of animal traffic to this tank

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hackberry Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Beautiful cool water pool
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