With lots of rainy weather predicted for the rest of the week, I decided that today should be a good day to get out into the Superstitions for a quick day hike. After several months, I'm still nursing a sore right foot, so I just opted to head out to Parker Pass and return. The trails are in good condition although there are several spots with standing water to be found and getting around them was not a problem, only a little mud on the shoes that quickly wore off. First Water Creek is running again for the first time in a long time and it's almost sensual overload to hear the water splashing over the rocks just a few feet below the trail. The recent rainy spell has turned the desert green again, it looks and feels surreal to hike down the trails through lush undergrowth after such a long dry spell.
It was downright chilly at the 0730 start time so I was glad to have the layers but I had to remove then when I arrived at Parker Pass. The sun was now shining brightly and the sky was clear so I took a break to pack the layers away. My early start time gave me a nearly empty parking lot and I had the trail all to myself until I was almost back to following the creek again, then it was hikers, dogs, horses and noise.