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Red Tanks Super Loop - Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2018
DennisWilliams
Hiking18.40 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking18.40 Miles   10 Hrs   40 Mns   2.03 mph
2,500 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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A fine day out in the Supers, deep into the wilderness. Did this loop as a CCW lasso out of Peralta, going out Dutchman to Coffee Flat, to Red Tanks, north past the Hoolie Bacon junction to Whiskey Spring, then back on the Dutchman to Peralta. Finally got 5.6 miles of new trail out on the southern side.

Departed the TH just before dawn. Love that spot where you top out and all of Barkley Basin is spread before you. As mentioned before, Barkley Basin is the parade ground of the 194,308th Saguaro Division, AKA the "Big Green One". Continue past Sisyphus Rock, the cluster of spires just east of the Miner's Needle. Mountain Project indicates that there are some 5.7, 5.8 multi-pitch trad climbs there. Would love to do that sometime.

Going further east over a little rise takes you into Coffee Flat Basin, another lovely basin just south of impressive Coffee Flat Mountain, a mighty uplift ringed by stacked cliffs. Starting to get into areas that see little traffic. Reed's Water is a nice spot. Continue on through Randolph Canyon to Dripping Spring. Every time I have been there it barely drips, but it does. Past the spring bang a left on the Red Tanks trail and head north and then northwest. Terrific country in there. Never seen it before. The trail is a little sketchy at times but I never lost it. More views of the east side of Coffee Flat Mountain. The pull up to Red Tanks Divide is a little bit of a puffer but not too bad. After the Hoolie Bacon junction veer west on through the Upper La Barge Box. Very cool. The north side of Picacho Butte has some of the most jagged cliffs I can think of. Loved threading the box along the north side of the canyon. I could not stop making mental compliments to it's creator like "I love this place! Nice job! Way to go!"

The tank at Whiskey Spring was full. In fact, most all of the larger canyons had small pockets of water, but nothing actually flowing. Roll back on up and over the Miner's Summit and pick up the Dutchman for the march back through Barkley's. Overall a terrific loop and not much AEG. Can pretty much cruise the whole thing. One of the easier big loops in the western Supers with very little traffic and views of things that few people ever see.
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A few ocotillo starting to show.

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