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Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2020
adilling
Hiking4.96 Miles 721 AEG
Hiking4.96 Miles   2 Hrs   32 Mns   2.01 mph
721 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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I was unable to hike this weekend and I was needing to get out to stay sane. So, a quick one was the answer. Hackberry Loop fit the bill perfectly.

I arrived at the First Water TH about 515am. One vehicle in the lot. I started off and decided to hike out along the little ridge that runs east of the trail. I went up by the helipad and turned right at the hill. I had to perform a gymnastic contortion to make it through the fence, but off I went. I reached the trail at the junction of the Dutchman and Second Water Trail.

No clouds out at all, so the sunrise was very bland. I made it to the Hackberry Loop Trail and started up. I always go see the little arch that’s west of the trail. The little side trail was really overgrown with grass. And, it was here that I came across a swarm of bees, buzzing around all the palo verde trees up there. I gave them a wide berth and continued on to the arch.

After a few pictures and general sightseeing up there, I went back to the trail and started down the little canyon. I opted to skip seeing the spring and took the bypass trail that runs south of the ridges. After joining the regular trail along the wash, I started looking for a shortcut to make it back to the trailhead. There were still lots of pools along this part of First Water Creek.

Most of the blooms are gone, with the exception of the palo verde and all of the darn thistles blooming this year. Those used to be a novelty. You would see one every once in a while. No longer. They are everywhere now.

I spotted a little break in the ridge and left the trail and made it back to the TH before 8am. No record breaking speed today, but I was not in a hurry. There was as total of 5 vehicle in the lot (one of them mine).

A nice hike on a lovely morning in a beautiful place. Can’t complain about any of that.
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