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Red Tanks Super Loop - Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2020
jacobemerick
Hiking21.30 Miles 2,923 AEG
Hiking21.30 Miles   9 Hrs   14 Mns   3.09 mph
2,923 ft AEG   2 Hrs   20 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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The chance to walk three burn areas in one loop? Sure, why not.

Five cars at Peralta TH at 5:30am. Didn't see any camps along my route, maybe they all went to Charlebois. Cardiac Hill is a great way to keep warm on cold December mornings. Ridgeline Fire burned chunks of Bluff Springs trail, was hard to follow the trail in the dark through Barks. Stopped by Bluff Spring, pipe is broken but still trickling higher up. Forest above the pipe saw heavy damage, wonder if the hill / spring will sustain in the years to come.

Final drop into La Barge was chilly. La Barge Spring is still flowing like a champ. Trees within the creekbed are all fine, anything up on the banks got burned in Sawtooth and are falling over, some of the campsites on the eastern bank are unsafe / covered in deadfall. Took a quick break here to munch on some snacks and shiver before continuing on Red Tanks, which seemed to be in relatively good condition.

Climbing Upper La Barge is just straight fun. Woodbury damage was very apparent at top, the whole slope coming down Coffee Flat is a lot less green now. Some patches of living forest here and there within the creek. Grass is coming back strong and looks quite flammable. Paused at Red Tanks Divide for a luxurious coffee break and got buzzed by the B-52? that frequents the area.

The heat finally kicked in during the descent. Some bad burn sections with deadfall / tread washout that caused mild confusion, mostly it's just a well-trod grassy path still. I was getting impatient by the time I reached Randolph and spent most of the time walking the creek. While polishing off my water at Reed's a large squadron of javelina strolled past, at least 30 of them, and I got some amateur video of the ridiculously cute reds trotting behind parents.

Saw three groups, two backpacking between the Divide and Coffee Flat, last one dayhiking in Barkley. Only sighted 17 monoliths, so this is still a pretty remote area.
Culture
Culture
Ghost?

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Barks Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
One sad, lonely pool.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bluff Spring Dripping Dripping
Steady trickle. Pipe has broken so once you find it, follow it up until you smell the stagnant water.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Fraser Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Dripping Wall was dripping. Would take a while to collect enough to drink.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max LaBarge Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Dependable.

dry Randolph Canyon Dry Dry
Bone dry from Reed's to Red Tanks junction.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Red Tanks Canyon Light flow Light flow
Several tanks of water above Randolph Canyon confluence.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reeds Water 26-50% full 26-50% full
Well had water. Some boards have fallen into well, it'd be challenging to snake down a bucket / cup.

dry Trap Canyon Dry Dry
Dry at crossing.

dry Upper LaBarge Box Canyon Dry Dry
Dry at trail crossing.
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