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Miners Needle LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking15.31 Miles 2,965 AEG
Hiking15.31 Miles   8 Hrs   37 Mns   1.94 mph
2,965 ft AEG      43 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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I thought I remembered possibly hearing something on the news about snow....

Joe's week, he gave me a few choices late Friday. This just seemed to be the right thing to do, but not the Joe thing to do. Joe, suggesting a snow hike? Knowing his proclivity to snow, I quickly assumed someone had stolen his HAZ account and was just messin' with me.

On the road to the Peralta TH, if I remember correctly, were four running washes you have to cross. Only one got my windshield wet driving through. There were actually a few cars in the lot with open spaces available as we started just before 7am.

We did a clockwise loop climbing up Bluff Springs trail to begin. With a 32ish degree start, it got you warmed up. The snow got deeper as we went and we were hoping to get out of the shade to warm up. [ youtube video ]

At the first tester of a crossing, Joe was nice enough to lay flat on his stomach, on a rock, in the middle of the heavily flowing Barks Canyon, creating a bridge for me to cross. I declined and we both walked across the calf deep water with wet feet for the rest of the day. [ youtube video ] This was just the first of many chances to get your feet wet.

The Supes are an entirely different place with all that snow. I took way too many photos on the day, but I may never see anything like this again... here.

We had plans to hit up the Ely Anderson to the top of Bluff Spring Mountain, but cold feet (literally) and deeper snow, had us nix that idea prior to getting there.

More great view when we got to the saddle by Miners Needle. The feet had warmed up and we'd decided to add on a trip to Reed's Water / Randolph Canyon to check thing out. On the way there, everything that could be running with water, was running with water.

Joe made the comment "Just think, in exactly 4 months from now, it will actually be the hottest time of the year." From 32 to 115 degrees, that's Arizona.

Just past Reeds Water, the Coffee Flat Trail was a river...
[ youtube video ]

Epic day in the Supes

If I hear anyone ask for a water report in the supes, for at least the next month, the answer is yes. I don't care where it is for, everything is running.

The Lot was full when we left
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Some Poppies, Lupine, Blue Dicks and brittle bush poking out of the snow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Bark at Dutchman Crossing Heavy flow Heavy flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Barks Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Peralta Creek at #102 Crossing Heavy flow Heavy flow
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