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Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2019
Daytripper
Hiking9.98 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking9.98 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.30 mph
1,100 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Garden Valley Loop was the longest portion of today’s hike thus the guide selected. Decided to obtain some heat acclimatization rather than drive out of town on a holiday weekend. Initially planned to park at the Needle Vista lot to avoid First Water Road and trailhead and any holiday weekend crowd that could be there, the idea was to hike to to Hackberry Spring and possibly add on Garden Valley Loop. Had to improvise as the needle vista lot was full and overflowing onto Apache Trail :( a model car rally was going on. Backtracked to the “campground” a little west on Apache Trail and parked there. After slipping by the no rules campground guard dogs started down the trail heading east that follows along and or under the power lines. Upon reaching the first wash then headed to the right or south which was just before the paved walkway from the vista lot, goal was to stay on the least vegetated path rather than doing any bushwhacking today. Thanks to the horses for clearing the washes and the path I was following. Had the feeling I was too far west of Hackberry spring but continued on and sure enough ended up at the Horse lot on First Water road after all, definitely no crowd here today. Decided to do more acclimatizing, and continued on to Hackberry Spring and Garden Valley Loop . Glad I did as I was amazed at the amount of water remaining around the spring area ,the shaded area around the springs contained significant water pools, enough to serve as a kiddie pool, nice and clear looking. Sparsely populated trails today , a family leaving the horse lot for Hackberry Spring puzzling over the new signs,a couple of hammocks possibly occupied at a campsite near the spring and in Garden Valley a dog Duke and his companion. No crowd at the First Water trailhead after all ,too warm I suppose,only about 7 to 8 cars in the trailhead lot. Used a couple of liters of water from the camelback and used my thawing plastic water bottle for wetting my hat and neck scarf, a fairly strong breeze helped with evaporative cooling to make the day not unpleasant.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

dry First Water Creek at Second Water Trail #236 Dry Dry
Couple of stagnant pools

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