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Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2020
AZLumberjack
Hiking2.20 Miles 484 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   2 Hrs      1.10 mph
484 ft AEG
 
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The Forest Service has finally opened Superstition Mountain for hiking and they have removed the barricades from the entrance to First Water Road. Of course, the fire's been out for going on three weeks now.

So for the first time in, what seems like forever, I was able to go out and tour some of my favorite hiking trails through a burnt out desert. It's a very saddening thing to walk among the soot covered cacti, sticks and twigs poking up through the ashes along trails that were once covered with grass, brush and leaves. There's no real danger of being surprised by a hidden Rattle Snake though, cause there's no place for em to hide.... if there's any still alive.

The photos show a leafless tree that could be late autumn in the north country, but now is a stark skeleton in the desert foothills. Another photo shows several Saguaro that have been burnt around the base, I can only hope they will survive and live on. A third photo shows where the burn area comes up against the un-burnt off in the distance, this line is the First Water Road, where the fire crews made their stand against the encroaching fire. The final photo shows the Superstition Mountain sign at the First Water Trailhead. Everything around the trailhead is burnt to a crisp, except for this sign.

If you should plan on taking a hike through the burn, be sure to wear dark clothes as it's almost impossible to get through some of the areas without rubbing against the soot covered brush, and it doesn't readily brush off your clothes and shoes.


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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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