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Hoolie Bacon - Peters Trail Loop
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Hoolie Bacon - Peters Trail LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2017
BiFrost
Hiking19.56 Miles 3,895 AEG
Hiking19.56 Miles   10 Hrs   11 Mns   2.05 mph
3,895 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
1st trip
With all the water in the Supes we set out again to see just how much was flowing. But before starting we decided to drive the crappy 4wd road from the Tortilla TH to the start of Peters Trail. It's about 3 mile road but the first 1/2 mile is the really bad section and after that uneventful. Arriving at Peters Trail it was still cool at 39 degrees and the trail immediately goes into a fork of Tortilla Creek. Lots of water in the creek and it became apparent that keeping feet dry would either be impossible or take too much time. The trail is in decent shape besides the crossings and follows one of the Tortilla Creek forks until it goes over a saddle and then dropped into Peters Canyon. Here again there was plenty of water flowing in the creek just like Tortilla.

Followed Peters downstream for another mile and half where the trail abruptly leaves the canyon and heads up a side drainage to another saddle. We went up and over the mesa before dropping into La Barge Canyon but just before that we ran into a trail crew clearing their way up Peters Trail. Surprised to see a crew clearing this trail but it was welcome maintenance since Peters is in rough shape compared to other popular Supes trails.

Upon reaching La Barge Canyon we headed over to Charleblois Spring and had lunch. Several people camped before the spring but we had the spring to ourselves. However, just leaving the spring we ran into @lindaagm and @The_Whit coming from Peralta TH. We took a few minutes to chat...nice to see Linda and Whitney again! After that we headed up La Barge Canyon towards the Red Tanks Junction. Now on Red Tanks this was new trail for us and pretty fast section with a few creek crossings and more water. At the top section of Red Tanks it goes through the most scenic section of the loop the Upper La Barge Box. Really awesome section but unfortunately it was getting late and would have been nice to explore the canyon especially with so much water.

Continuing on we reached the Hoolie Bacon junction and headed up this trail making the turn back towards the vehicle. Hoolie Bacon trail was like Peters being very rough and added cats claw for fun. But again there was plenty of water at virtually every drainage crossing. Up and over a couple of ridges the trail eventually makes it back into Tortilla Canyon to finish up the loop. We made it to the vehicle just as it was getting completely dark. Definitely would like to come back and spend more in Upper La Barge Box and Trap Canyon when there is water like right now.

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heavy flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Charlebois Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
heavy flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Charlebois Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
mini waterfall coming out of the spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Upper LaBarge Box Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
heavy flow with many pools
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