|Black Glass-Saguaro Lake-Willow Spgs Cyn Loop, AZ|
|Black Glass-Saguaro Lake-Willow Spgs Cyn Loop, AZ|| |
Black Glass-Saguaro Lake-Willow Spgs Cyn Loop, AZ
|Hiking||14.35 Miles|| 8 Hrs 40 Mns ||1.97 mph|
|2,298 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 24 Mns Break||4 LBS Pack|
|Willow Canyon Trailhead|
6:37am Cold start, pants kept it bearable.
Gold Eagles Nugget Trail
Nice trail, great condition. I'm not sure if the trail is local or FS maintained... regardless, the FS would be smart to sign and designate official trails.
Quartz Crystal Arroyo
Course variation of @AZLOT69's description.The trail through here is impressively manicured and quick.
No matter how you slice it this is a fanciful orchestra of terrain! Hit it sunrise or sunset! We missed that light, 'twas dazzling in the previous two paragraphs. Like crackin' the whip on Breezin Lad early 90's this is a guaranteed winner.
The tanks have been replaced. As a result, they are not camouflaged anymore. We didn't follow @sventre's description route but it's cool to now know about the Cottonwood Spring access into the Goldfields! Worthy destination for the views alone.
Black Glass Canyon - aka Obsidian
Snazzy obstacle course canyon. Similar to the huge boulder entrance of Peter's Canyon with Fish Creek (upper bridge) accents. Slow going and just barely in my current ability range. Didn't know to look for the triple arch. The canyon is plenty to engage my attention.
Willow Springs Canyon Lower
Never ending sinking steps sand/gravel creek beds rate pure hell in my book. The view at shoreline is the inlet not the lake view desired. Met two friendly kayakers a tenth of a mile from the lake.
Willow Springs Canyon to Willow Springs Basin Tank
No thank you. Joe wake up, never do this again.
Willow Springs Basin Tank to Willow Canyon Trailhead
Back on trails, life is good.
Hike to and through Black Glass Canyon is outstanding!