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11 by photographer avatarThirstyLizard
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Burro Flats LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2018
ThirstyLizard
Hiking6.70 Miles 788 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles
788 ft AEG
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1st trip
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A friend wanted a hike where her Jeep would get dirty so I went straight to HAZ and found a few that might work. She picked this one and it did the job. We took the “sedan” route into the hike and drove out Castle Hot Springs Road at first light.

Arrived at the Horse Spring trailhead at 8:30a. Decided to do the loop clock wise from this point. Horse Spring was running at a little more than a trickle which made for a nice gathering spot for a few hummingbirds-- a few pools of water down stream too.

On this side of the loop, watch for the tree ties to get you where you need to be—otherwise you may find yourself grazing with some of the cattle. Not sure if we actually followed the actual trail or made a short cut somewhere around the "Burro Flats" area. The downloaded track showed an jag to the east, but we smoothed that jag on what we assumed was the trail and eventually reconnected to the downloaded route.

Saw some nifty geological views and a glimpse of Lake Pleasant before hitting the scenic Burro Spring pass. Great to see Big Jim Peak, 3465 from this angle. Climbed it last year. What goes around, comes around. Did not see water present in Burro Spring, but did not investigate more than the obvious.

From Burro Spring to Horse Creek Tank, tree ties fade and cairns grow and GROW. Overly unnecessary and indulgent and perhaps even view impeding. Makes one wonder if there wasn't a BLM field class in cairn building. Just shy of Sedona-level, which is something to be said.

Some water in the tank. Saw more Black-tailed jackrabbits than I have seen in a while.

Took the Morgan City Wash drive for the return trip which was easy enough considering this year's dry conditions and of course, we had a jeep. Another great day in Hell(s) Canyon Wilderness.
Fauna
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Compared a to the day hike from last year (Governor's Peak) and could not believe the difference from last year. A few ground sprouts. We will have to look very low to the ground to see anything this year.

dry Burro Spring Dry Dry
didn't see anything

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Horse Creek Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
low, but still had water

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