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Upper Middle and Barks, AZ
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Upper Middle and Barks, AZ 
Upper Middle and Barks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2015
hikerdw
Hiking9.18 Miles 2,652 AEG
Hiking9.18 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   1.94 mph
2,652 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
 
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Trip 11 in the Superstition Wilderness Trails West book describes the Middle Trail which was used by the Quarter Circle U Ranch as a direct route to Bluff Springs from the ranch headquarters. Today we hiked the upper part of the abandoned trail, combined with the Barks Upper Canyon Loop.

We followed the Bluff Spring Trail to Barks Canyon, then went off trail SE to connect with the Middle Trail at the bedrock, 7-YY, on the map of the book. We tried to locate the one large pointed rock cairn as described but no luck, as I suspect we need to drop down a little more than we did. From there it was due north to the lower saddle which was fairly easy off trail hiking using some of the many game trails. At the saddle we took a short break then proceeded down toward the basin ravine and connected with the Bluff Springs Trail higher up. From there we hiked back to Barks Canyon and completed the Barks Upper Canyon Loop which we haven't been on in a while and is much improved, involving very little route finding. Although we were close to the very busy Peralta TH we enjoyed a lot of solitude on this great little hike :y:

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Barks Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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