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Barks Upper Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2018
adilling
Hiking6.65 Miles 2,004 AEG
Hiking6.65 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   1.38 mph
2,004 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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The Cave Trail and Barks! A two for one special.

I did this hike with my #2 son a few years ago. We went up Barks and down the Cave Trail. This time, I did the opposite. I started early as I wanted to catch a sunrise. I hiked up to the first little ridge on the Cave Trail near the balancing rocks you can see from Bluff Springs Trail. The clouds look promising and there was even a pre-dawn orange glow starting. But, alas, the clouds were too low on the horizon and it was an uneventful sunrise. But, even a ho-hum sunrise in the Supes is a splendid thing to behold.

After it was clear the light show was not going to happen, I started up the rest of the trail. The clouds came in and made the hike quite pleasant. Not so good for photos, but good for hiking! I made it to the bathtub near the Devil’s Slide and my lens cap was knocked loose. It rolled all the way down the bottom of the hill. So, I had double climb up that. I was going to hit the cave, but I kept on going past on my way to the Lone Pine. I could hear the masses below on Peralta.

I made to the Lone Pine and took a few pictures. There was a party hiking out when I came in and two other parties hiking in. Not much solitude at the Lone Pine today. After that, I made my way to the Barks Canyon “turnoff”.

I really love Barks Canyon. The views of the needle, the spectacular rock formations and the solitude. But, I this time down, I actually saw a few people in there. It must be the busy season, if I am seeing people in Barks Canyon. I also saw a bunch of horse poop. I have not seen any horses in this place either. It would have to be in and then back out the same way. I cannot see a horse climbing up that last bit to the Cave Trail.

The rest of the hike was a nice stroll in the desert. My knee is still acting up since my Ridgeline hike a few weeks ago. I need to work on this I.T. thing. It’s no fun having knee pain when your main hobby is hiking.

Oh well, the hike was just what I needed. It’s a soul cleansing to be out this beautiful area and I am grateful I live right by it.
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