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Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2019
adilling
Hiking5.15 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles
700 ft AEG
 
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I had plans to hit either Hackberry Springs Loop or Black Mesa Loop this morning. My hiking partners opted for the shorter Hackberry Springs hike and off we went.

The weather this morning was perfect. A little cloud cover, but nice temps. The parking lot was pretty empty at 8am when we started, but that’s FINE with me.

The first thing I noticed was the buzzing of all the bees. There was even a note in the registry that said “watch out for the bees in Garden Valley”. Although we never saw a swarm of bees, there was a constant buzzing for the entire length of the hike, although it waned a little near the spring. The wildflowers are all burnt up and gone and the cactus flowers are starting to wane as well, except the Saguaros. The Palo Verde Trees were the star of the show for sure. A nice swath of yellow was present all along the trail from those.

We decided to stop and see the arch and took the “turn off trail”. Before we could do that, we came across a rather large Diamondback sunning in the middle of the trail. He did not seem interested in moving, but we moved a little closer and gave him a little nudge with my hiking pole. He slowing slithered off the trail and gave us a half-assed rattle before disappearing in the grass.

The trail was the usual condition with nothing major to report. When we got to the spring area, we noticed how high the grass was. So high! The spring was a tickle, but running and tasted pretty good. The hike out in and along the wash had a few pools left, with evidence that it had recently been running.

We opted to take the “road” out from the ranch to First Water Rd and cut short the Wash-a-Palooza Fest that the rest of the hike would be if we kept going. Just under 6 miles the way we hiked. A very enjoyable morning out in the Supes!
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