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Boulder Canyon Trail #103
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Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2020
AugustWest
Hiking8.39 Miles 2,062 AEG
Hiking8.39 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   2.83 mph
2,062 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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In April of 2019 I started out on this trail and rolled my ankle in the first couple of miles. This put me out of business for about 6 months. This return trip was long overdue and a little bittersweet.

Started out after work today and made it to the Canyon Lake parking lot at 4. My truck had the temperature at 104. The first 3 miles were hot. Once I made it to the top of the first ridge the views down Labarge Canyon inspired me to keep chugging along. All along I had chalked my ankle injury as a fluke, but this is a slippery, gravelly track with some tricky footing.

The canyon walls down to the creek bed are full of relatively tall, really dry grass. This area is a tinderbox of fuels that I pray will remain lightening and idiot free until we can get some rain and lower the risks that have decimated other areas of the Superstitions and elsewhere throughout the West.

Once down in the dry creek bed things greened up a little bit and the sun went down it making moving deeper into the wilderness a little easier. The perspective of Geronimo Head and Battleship Mountain towering above was extremely beautiful and humbling.

Once I reached the Second Water trail junction I turned around and began making my way out of the canyon. At the highpoint of the trail I was able to watch the moon rise for an almost full moon. The last mile and a half was pretty dark, but didn't pull out my headlamp for the sake of expediency. Temps were 88 back at the truck a little after 7. The parking lot was empty and I didn't see another person all day.
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Battleship Mountain
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Wildflower seed in the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again
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