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Bluff Spring Mountain LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2017
rayhuston
Hiking15.99 Miles 3,140 AEG
Hiking15.99 Miles   8 Hrs   17 Mns   2.17 mph
3,140 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
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Of the many big loops from the Peralta trailhead, this is one of my favorites. Big views with a nice blend of Sonoran desert and raparian oases (springs) along the way.

We hit the trail at first light with a bit of a chill and a nice breeze, just enough to keep the layers on. Joe took us up Cardiac Hill at a brisk pace. We breezed along the rest of Bluff Springs trail in mostly shadows. We arrived at Dutchman greeted by bright sunshine. Time to lose a layer. We took a few side trips along Dutchman to check out the springs. By the time we hit Terrapin Pass, the breeze was gone, the sun was warm and the rest of the layers were off.

I haven't seen any water on recent hikes, but three of the more reliable springs were true to form: Bluff, LaBarge and Charlebois Springs all had good water to filter. The only backpackers we saw were at LaBarge Spring. We saw them again just before arriving back at Peralta. We didn't see any hikers all day. Very surprising on such a gorgeous day.

Overall, a sensational (dare I say typical) fall day in the Supes. Hiking with Joe and Bruce again made it all the more special. It was great hiking with you again! Thanks for driving, Bruce.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bluff Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Charlebois Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max LaBarge Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
The tank was clear and full
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