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Charlebois Loop IIPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2017
survivordude
Hiking17.97 Miles 2,972 AEG
Hiking17.97 Miles   7 Hrs   4 Mns   2.80 mph
2,972 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Starting to get toasty out there so wanted to get back to the Supes while there was still some water out there for Gabby dog and not roast myself. 1 for 2 today.. Dutchman up to Miner's needle is one of my favorite stretches of easy hiking. As the trail gradually ascends, it awards spectacular views of Barkley Basin and surrounding areas with thousands of Saguaro. I love saguaro. After making the saddle just past Miner's needle, I headed down to Whiskey Spring for some new territory for me. Lots of water flowing in just about every creekbed still. Whiskey Spring was nice and shaded and there was a good camp spot there. Passed one guy who was on a 3 day backpack, coming from LaBarge who thought I was crazy trying to get to Charlebois in one day.. Rook.. Red Tanks trail was pretty straight forward, just follow the creek, crossing occasionally. I did actually lose the trail once but again following the creek got me to LaBarge Spring, where I met 2 backpackers also headed to Charlebois. Back to familiar territory but now I had a mission.. to find the MASTER MAP! I knew roughly where it was at but it eluded my last search. Never giving up hope but starting to doubt my location, I headed to a higher ground to get a broader view and when I turned around it was right there! :y: For me this was a great feeling of accomplishment. I studied the wall and appreciated the history before me for several minutes before heading to Charlebois. Met another guy hanging out right at the spur and told him about the sweet spot further back and invited him to come along with me. He agreed, I turned around and POOF! he was gone.. superstition strangeness.. I ate lunch and enjoyed one of my all time favorite spots in the Supes. Made my way back towards La Barge Spring and passed 4 more groups between there and the Dutchman junction. At this point it started to get hot. Mid-day, little to zero shade, and a steady incline with the miles racking up, I started to tire just a little bit. It was then I found the perfect break spot under a huge boulder right in the middle of the trail. Gabby and I literally just sat in the water for 10 minutes to cool off. Coming down Bluff Spring trail I was thankful I was not hiking the other direction! Made it to the Peralta superhighway and the parking lot in 7 hours. This 18 miles kicked my :pk: pretty good and Gabby hasn't gotten off the couch for 2 days.. = Another awesome Superstition hike!
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Miners Needle Oak Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lots of color out there but not quite in full bloom yet.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Barks Canyon Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bluff Spring Dripping Dripping

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

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

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

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

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