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Bluff Spring Mountain LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2017
joebartels
Hiking16.36 Miles 3,206 AEG
Hiking16.36 Miles   8 Hrs   20 Mns   2.28 mph
3,206 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
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The two months of cool weather is upon us! Hiking less miles allowed us to adventure and explore a few areas. Rolling just before sunrise at a chilly 40 with odd warm pockets heading up Cardiac Hill.

Not sure where Crystal Spring is exactly. The water reports are typically about the area, nary
a photo has yet to be linked. Always thought it was in the creek. Ray pointed out a pipe just off trail out of the creek. With no catch or signs of water past or present I'm still clueless.

The little side trip to Bluff Spring may have been a first for myself. Decent trail. Lots of cholla may not be great for dogs. Tunnel thick just before the spring which was flowing nice.

2 ladies camping just before LaBarge Spring then a group of college girls closer to the spring and a couple near the end was the grand total in perfect weather for this world class destination. Wave Cave & Peralta looked to take the weekend warrior blow and leave the majority of the wilderness lightly traveled.

My first hike over to Terrapin decades ago left a lasting impression passing an older guy. The 70-80 year old man mentioned how he'd been hiking the area for fifty years among more info than my young ears could digest. After a good twenty years I'm still impressed with the topography, lore and mystique. Should be enough to pique my interest for another thirty years.

32 oz water. Tougher terrain than the PCT last week where 24 oz sufficed for 18.4 mi.
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Crystal Spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bluff Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Looking good

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
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

dry Crystal Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout All I see is a 2 foot pipe straight up out of the ground

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 LaBarge Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Outstanding
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