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Charlebois from Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack avatar Nov 19 2016
survivordude
Backpack18.00 Miles 3,200 AEG
Backpack18.00 Miles3 Days         
3,200 ft AEG
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3 day backpack trip with the J Brothers and Gabby dog in the western Supes and it was perfect. Made a loop up Bluff Springs to Dutchman and then back down Peralta. Not a long hike but this trip was about relaxing as well as hiking. Saturday we started out right at sunrise up Bluff Springs trail. Pretty much uphill the whole way until Bluff Saddle. Passed a couple Boy Scout troops camped right off the trail near the Bluff Springs/ Dutchman junction. The section between Bluff Saddle and Bluff Spring had some of the biggest Saguaros I have ever seen. I have heard the legends of the giant ones that have since fallen and there are definitely some new contenders in that area. The Dutchman flattens out to a nice valley for a while until approaching another area that when looking from a distance you can see several springs one after another down the valley. Skipped right by LaBarge Springs and stopped for a while at Oak Springs. This was a top notch camp spot. Lots of trees over hanging and didn't feel like the middle of the desert at all! Went on another mile and setup camp at Charlebois. There was a lot of water there and several groups came by to fill up as they said it was the only water available from there to First Water. At night it was kind of eerie to be so secluded but still see the lights from Phoenix lighting up the sky and creating some pretty cool silhouettes. Took a midnight trek to go find the "Master Map", unfortunately it was very dark and all the rocks look the same in our condition so we gave up and went back to camp. Jamaar took home the WTF and the astrophysicist merit badges that night. Hung out for quite a bit on Sunday morning just enjoying the unique little ecosystem. There were tons of frogs near the spring and I also saw some turtles under the water. Treated some water and then headed out on the Dutchman towards Marsh Valley. This was one of my favorite sections as the trail was very flat and sandy with some huge rock faces looming overhead the whole time. There were a few good camp spots around there, also. Made our way through Black Top Mesa Pass and over to Peralta Trail. The weather was perfect all day with just the right amount of humidity and overcast. Apparently it poured in the valley all day Sunday, we didn't get a drop all day! Made camp for the night at Piñon camp just a mile away from Freemont. We had stashed some water there 2 weeks ago, so the plan went perfect. I usually don't like to camp so close to people or a trail, but snuggling up to that needle for the night was a real treat. We found a great spot under some trees which worked out real well because we did get rained on during the night. Gabby injured a paw so the final 3 miles up and over Freemont and down Peralta on Monday morning were a little slow. She is a trooper, though, and I'm sure she will heal with some rest and extra bacon. Overall this was a fantastic trip with some great friends! Great to be back enjoying the desert we are so blessed to have so close to us!
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Weavers Needle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Charlebois Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Several pools, several feet deep
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