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Black Glass-Saguaro Lake-Willow Spgs Cyn Loop, AZ
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Black Glass-Saguaro Lake-Willow Spgs Cyn Loop, AZ 
Black Glass-Saguaro Lake-Willow Spgs Cyn Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking14.20 Miles 2,288 AEG
Hiking14.20 Miles   8 Hrs   40 Mns   1.95 mph
2,288 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I'd never done anything in the Goldfields before, so I PM'd The Gecko that Treks for some suggestions. She through out a few suggestions and I ended up putting a twist on one that she and LP had just finished.

We started at the Willow Canyon TH at first light. None of the trails out here are signed, but most are in great shape. Temps. in the 30's forced a brisk pace to start. The sweet geology was painted in orange, with the rising sun.

The first off trail section took us to what are no longer the Tanks that were camouflaged. This is an interesting area that has seen recent improvements. For the life of me, I can't figure out how the water gets from the Tanks to the higher in elevation trough.

We worked our way downhill to my favorite part of the hike, Black Glass Canyon. Practicing Safety First, we worked our way through the many obstacles in this canyon getting to Willow Creek. From here it was a bit more than 2 miles to get to Saguaro Lake/Salt River. Almost to the lake, we ran into a couple of ladies coming in from the lake, that thought they'd discovered a new canyon. :lol:

I had plans to do some additional off trail exploring from here, but the canyon walls did not cooperate. So we reversed direction and headed back up Willow Creek. Joe enjoyed this portion so much that for the next 3.5 miles all I head was Bla, Bla, Bla.

Finally out of the creek bed and back on a trail it was smooth sailing back to the trailhead. Looks like there's plenty more areas to check out.


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Willow Springs Basin Tank

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Willow Springs Basin Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Willow Springs Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
No flow in the canyon, but the lake is right there
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