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Boulder Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2016
hikerdw
Hiking13.86 Miles 1,776 AEG
Hiking13.86 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   2.82 mph
1,776 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
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Still recovering from a foot injury, knowing that any steep decline could re-aggravate it, I was looking for a fairly flat hike this weekend to test it out. The recent triplogs posted by BiFrost and slowandsteady for this area piqued my interest so off we went. We hit the trail at 6:40 to some cooler temps which was really nice. I had constructed a shoe pad to offload pressure from the area of discomfort on the foot and as we started hiking I did notice a difference in shoe fit and feel, nothing bad, just different. OK, this might work. By mile 4 I completely forgot about the extra pad and the foot was feeling great, in fact the best it has felt in several weeks. The target was Crabtree Spring and we got there in good time, crossing paths with one young female thru-hiker whom we chatted with for several minutes. Sounds like she was planning a little detour to Payson to get a good meal, shower, good nights sleep in a bed, etc. We wished her safe travels as we parted ways. At the spring area we did see lots of water but not really sure of the actual source. Found a nice set of boulders to sit on and had lunch. On the return we ran into 2 other thru-hikers, some backpackers, and 2 mountain bikers. Great day on the trail and glad to report the foot feels great. Next week I will test with some higher AEG.
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Did not find the actual source but there was a nice flow of water in the creek bed.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Pool East of 4264 - Boulder Creek Light flow Light flow
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