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Marsh Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2017
BiFrost
Hiking17.39 Miles 2,158 AEG
Hiking17.39 Miles   8 Hrs   54 Mns   2.14 mph
2,158 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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After heavy rains over the last few days we went into the Supes to check out the water and we were not disappointed. Pretty much every drainage had some flow and Boulder and La Barge were rivers. Starting from First Water TH doing the Marsh Valley Loop we headed down Second Water Trail. We could hear the rumble of Boulder Creek before we could see it. Really cool to see the creek running so strong but then realized we would have to cross many times to continue the loop. We decided to go ahead and take the plunge crossing about 12 times but none were more than knee deep if we crossed in the right spot. After following Boulder we made it to the Calvary Trail turnoff and headed over the pass into Marsh Valley. Here we got to see La Barge Creek and it was flowing just as strong. Continued up Marsh Valley and ended up having lunch at the south end of the valley along the creek.

After lunch we headed over upper Black Top Mesa Pass and back down into upper Boulder Creek. Here there were some nice sections of exposed rock with cascades and Weavers Needle for the backdrop. Eventually we got to West Boulder Creek heading towards Parker Pass which was also flowing very strong. Then up and over Parker Pass back to the trailhead. Great day in the Supes to see everything flowing like it was Colorado!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Boulder Creek - Superstition WA Heavy flow Heavy flow
very heavy flow from recent rains

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Boulder Creek at #103 / #236 Jct Heavy flow Heavy flow
very heavy flow from recent rains

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 East Boulder - Weavers Viewpoint Heavy flow Heavy flow
heavy flow from recent rains

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max First Water Creek - Upper Turnoff Medium flow Medium flow
flow from recent rains

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Second Water Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
good flow just above Boulder Creek confluence

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 West Boulder - Dutchman Crossing Heavy flow Heavy flow
heavy flow from recent rains
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