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Boulder Canyon Loop from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2017
survivordude
Hiking11.65 Miles 1,246 AEG
Hiking11.65 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   3.04 mph
1,246 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Did this loop last year when I wasn't as familiar with the Superstitions and I swear I would got lost and burnt up out here. Today it was a brisk four hours of fun. Gabby and I started at perfect hike time zero aka sunrise towards Garden Valley. First Water was flowing pretty nice so I knew we were going to be in for a wet one. Garden Valley was still very green with tall grass everywhere. Made it through Second Water quickly and heard Boulder Creek about a thousand feet away. Also, smelled the campfire from a large group camped right across the creek from the trail junction. I think we slipped right by without them even noticing us. Lots of water is an understatement. I have been out here when it is bone dry and today water was easily up to knees in some areas. Luckily I was able to rock hop all the crossings and keep dry until the very last one which I may or may not have just jumped in the water on purpose. I counted either 24 or 26 crossings total! Gabby loved every single one of them. Saw one other guy inside Boulder Canyon and then no one else until I hit the Dutchman Trail right near Palomino Mountain. Not quite a Squaw Peak superhighway, but it was very busy from Parker's pass back to the First Water TH. Excellent weather out right now! Everything is still so green and there was always a constant chatter of birds with many different species flying by, including a pair of Arizona Cardinals. Every single time now.. they must know Im a fan.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Boulder Creek - Superstition WA Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Boulder Creek at #103 / #236 Jct Medium flow Medium flow

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


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Needle Canyon Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Second Water Canyon Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Second Water Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max West Boulder - Dutchman Crossing Medium flow Medium flow
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