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Red Tanks Super Loop - Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking22.24 Miles 3,455 AEG
Hiking22.24 Miles   10 Hrs   43 Mns   2.24 mph
3,455 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
Did the loop clockwise. Plenty of water flowing everywhere, so I didn't have to carry much water, just filtered a liter every so often. Lots of people camping along Bluff Springs Trail, including a group of about 30! people. I didn't see too many people after I reached Dutchman. Took a snack break at the Dutchman/Red Tanks jct, then continued on Red Tanks. There were lots of creek crossings along Red Tanks, but my shoes never got wet--trekking poles were invaluable in accomplishing that feat. There were two spots along Red Tanks where the trail didn't seem to match the official gps routes. I was definitely on the right trail, but at one point, I seemed so far off the official track, I doubted myself, backtracked a short distance, then decided I was fine and continued along the trail, which wasted a good 15 minutes. Catclaw was never a problem along Red Tanks, I wore pants, but would have been okay in shorts. Near the Red Tanks/Coffee Flat junction, I scared the daylights out of a guy sleeping in a hammock. He was right on the trail, and I was trying to make noise as I approached, but he didn't notice me until I was right next to him, it was almost comical. The last four or five miles back to the car was kind of boring, but maybe I was just ready to be done. I finished up just before sunset, then got to enjoy the Renaissance traffic on my way home. Saw a couple of cardinals, one deer, and plenty of lizards, but that was it on the wildlife.
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Saguaro - Crested
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