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Needle Vista - Hackberry - 2811 Lasso Loop, AZ
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Needle Vista - Hackberry - 2811 Lasso Loop, AZ 
Needle Vista - Hackberry - 2811 Lasso Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking14.74 Miles 2,704 AEG
Hiking14.74 Miles   10 Hrs   59 Mns   1.54 mph
2,704 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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This area of the Supes has always intrigued me driving by. I had started working on a loop in the area, the same week Joe proposed this loop. I was in.

I had never hiked from the Needle Vista TH. A paved lot and 300 yards of sidewalk yielded to a pleasant hiking path all the way to Hackberry Spring. We were shocked that there were no campers at the spring area

First Water Creek had pools of water the entire length. We started our off trail, up an unnamed canyon, looking for a route up to Peak 2811. Travel was slow because of the prickly flora. At the top of the canyon we stopped at a rock out cropping with some great views. [ youtube video ]

The geology up here is special up here. We continued to Peak 2811 and then to the real Peak 2811. [ youtube video ]
Here's where the excellent 360 views are. Looking off the NW side, it did not look like it was possible to get down, but it all worked out.

We followed a ridgeline down, before hopping into various small canyons on our way back to First Water Creek. There was one 50 yard section that was so thick with brush, I had my doubts. Then magically, we began to see where some kind soul had started to trim this unnamed canyon.

Where we got out of this canyon, was actually where Canyon Lake meets First Water Creek. There was a nice area to camp here.

Back to the trek down First Water Creek.

We got to one place where we took our shoes off to keep from getting them wet. No luck keeping them dry, as just around the corner was a 25' section of neck deep water that froze the nether regions.

After this is was just a matter of keeping up the pace to keep warm in the sunless canyon. Shockingly, there was still nobody camped at Hackberry Spring.

The views from around Peak 2811 were the highlight of this hike for me
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max First Water Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hackberry Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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