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Miners Needle LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
joebartels
Hiking15.29 Miles 2,673 AEG
Hiking15.29 Miles   8 Hrs   34 Mns   1.95 mph
2,673 ft AEG      44 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
 
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It'd be tough to find somebody that hates snow more than this cowboy. Opportunity knocked. Oh what the hell let's ride this bull.

Crossed Peralta creek without issue, I've seen it worse. Just chilly heading up Bluff Spring cardiac hill. We took it easy so we didn't bust a sweat, then freeze.

Followed huge paw prints joking that it could be a mountain lion. Five minutes later Bruce mentioned, you know there's no other prints along with the monster paw prints... uh, good point!

Got real at Barks Creek. I took a step, slipped, found myself hugging a boulder like a tripod mid creek. Staying dry wasn't an option. Bruce was game to keep going. That we did with wet feet for the rest of the hike.

I was determined to see how far I could go without screaming my head off like a two year old. The option never crossed my mind that it might just be enjoyable. Just a badass456 memorable hike the rest of the way, whodathunk.

Originally planned on hiking up Bluff Spring Mountain to Hidden Valley. Nixed that idea well before the junction, then when we got there I was seriously game to do it. We probably made the right decision and skipped it.

Passed 12-16 on our loop. All ages, solo hikers, runners, backpackers, social media like hunters. Stunning Winter Wonderland views around each corner. Crunchy snow, wet snow, the trail was a creek for large portions too.

We opted to take coffee flat trail over to Dripping Springs. Lunched at Reeds water. Decided to check out the Red Rock in Randolph Canyon. Turned out to be a really short trip, Randolph was raging like a river.

Barkley Basin back to the trailhead is one of my least favorite stretches in the supes. Pretty darn scenic surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

I'll be the first to admit, slightly bewildered this didn't turn into a scream-fest for moi. This was my week to pick. Home run. No pressure on the eagle, just setting the bar for the rest of the year.
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A few freezing poppies on occasion, brittlebush, Asian mustard, blue dicks

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Barks Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Not quite there yet but I'm pretty sure based on the roar of the river where I'm at right now

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Crystal Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout We're going to assume considering it's surrounded by Lake
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