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Bluff Spring Mountain LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2020
joebartels
Hiking16.05 Miles 2,520 AEG
Hiking16.05 Miles   8 Hrs   22 Mns   2.20 mph
2,520 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break
 
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Wave Cave trailhead was like Kaibab trailhead an hour before sunrise. Kinna cool IMHO, kinna funny. Peralta trailhead was maybe a lonesome dozen cars. Cardiac Hill is virtually effortless in mid to upper thirty degree temps fending off sweat and filling the lungs with crisp air.

Creeks were easy to ford with light flow. At the Terrapin junction we made a decision to go CW instead of CCW as we've done many times. Albeit no less traveled, the experience felt refreshingly new. Only minor nuisance catclaw(entire hike), overhangs declawed from use. Wore shorts because that's how we roll in paradise. Not a scratch.

Transitioning from Needle Canyon to LaBarge Canyon the hike grasped my attention. Perfect temps, light, landscape and Autumn on the farewell pendulum swing of the season.

Marsh Valley to LaBarge Spring was the prime bite. We explored Charlebois, lunched on the outcrop at Peter's junction then checked on LaBarge Spring.

A quarter mile of the easternmost bend of Bluff Spring Canyon was the only burn area on the entire loop. Singed chaparral. Cheatgrass is blanketing the area. Bust out the purple spray paint, it's invasive!

Great hike.
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Bluff Spring Charlebois Spring
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bluff Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Further back now since pipe is broke

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout 20 gallons a minute
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