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Marsh Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2018
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Hiking17.70 Miles 2,330 AEG
Hiking17.70 Miles   8 Hrs   31 Mns   2.44 mph
2,330 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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Well that was a full day .Cloudy and cool for 0830 start from First Water trail head,lot of cars pulling in at that time,and a line for the toilet,must be a holiday.
Passed a group of 8 right after 1st water creek and in Garden Valley went by one backpacker no other hikers rest of the day. Large pool of water at second water spring and about 8 tents spaced along that stretch of trail,being used by forest service interns working on cavalry trail. Had read, in the Carlson and Stewart book, about a rock corral thought to be built by "Crazy" Jake near La Barge creek at the junction with cavalry trail. Went up a couple of small hills and was unable to see it,finally when back on the trail looking back caught a glimpse of the top of a stone wall. Decided to try to get a close up photo,the vegetation around it was heavy with catclaw ,spent awhile trying to find openings but was unable. After writing A neg on my shirt,just in case, decided to walk through it ,fortunately only minor wounds were incurred. Will include a couple of photo's , and file under the category of bypass it, used about 30 minutes for this short side trip. Further on Cavalry trail before reaching the mouth of Squaw Canyon the forest service interns were busy extracting my revenge on the catclaw, I thanked them and continued on and took the Bull Pass trail, at the saddle decided since I was in the neighborhood to go on up Black Top Mesa. The tall brown grass is well matted down on this route,I don't know if it was the time of day lighting but the petroglyphs seemed fainter than I recalled. Nice spot for a great view of Weaver's Needle and before heading down a good spot for a picture of Aylor's Arch. Took Lost Dutchman trail back and pleased to reach first water trail head before dark.
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