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Boulder Canyon Loop from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Jan 30 2016
The_Dude
Backpack13.85 Miles 1,416 AEG
Backpack13.85 Miles1 Day   1 Hour   55 Mns   
1,416 ft AEG27 LBS Pack
 
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Great, easy backpack loop out in the Superstitions. We were looking for something without too much effort and this one fit the bill perfectly. We got started Saturday morning about 10 from the First Water TH, we had to park in the secondary lot since the first one was full. We made this loop clockwise. Water is still flowing everywhere, plenty to filter from and nice and fresh still. We had plans of camping around the Bull Pass intersection, but we ended up pushing on about another mile to make Sunday easier. Found a fantastic camp site off trail, well worth using and I marked a waypoint. It is south of the #104 trail on the other side of the wash, but there is a large cairn on both banks to look for to find the way. Plenty of flat rocks to sit on, and a nice fire ring. Spaces for 5-6 tents at least. We collected what wood we could find, it was all Catclaw so mostly small stuff. I had not realized that Catclaw has such a nice aroma when burned, plus it feels like you are getting back just a little bit for all the blood donations. Wind picked up a bit overnight, but nothing too crazy. I would guess we were in the 38-40 range for an overnight low, very comfortable. We had a leisurely breakfast then packed up and headed back, made it to the truck by a bit after 12. Great trip, worth doing again!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Boulder Creek - Superstition WA Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Boulder Creek at #103 / #236 Jct Medium flow Medium flow
This was flowing the whole way along the #103.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max East Boulder Canyon Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max First Water Creek - Upper Turnoff Light flow Light flow
Pools and some flowing water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max First Water Creek at Second Water Trail #236 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Little Boulder Canyon Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Needle Canyon Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max O'Grady Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Good flow on this, we camped nearby and this was a great water source.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Second Water Canyon Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Second Water Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Good flow rate, but definitely some green stuff around. We filtered this, but I dumped it once we made it to Boulder Canyon for some better stuff.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max West Boulder Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
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