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Boulder Canyon Trail #103
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10 by photographer avatarrayhuston
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Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2021
rayhuston
Hiking6.87 Miles 1,786 AEG
Hiking6.87 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   2.28 mph
1,786 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Fun out and back to just past La Barge Creek. I waited until the rain had stopped before leaving home. It was raining off and on on the way out, but I was pretty sure it would stop before I got started. It did, but I didn't get started until after 2pm. There was a little drizzle when I reached La Barge Creek, but it didn't last long.

It was gorgeous out. The smell of the desert after it rains is intoxicating. It was humid, but cool and breezy enough that the humidity didn't bother me. Occasional bursts of sunshine made for outstanding views all around. The trails were not at all muddy as I expected they would be. The rocks weren't slick either. The soil was soft underfoot, but there were no concerns. I was moving just as quickly as if it hadn't rained at all.

I planned to go to the junction with Second Water, but as I was heading up the hill north of Battleship Mountain, I noticed the sun was lower than expected. Then I remembered that I didn't start until after 2pm. :o My joyful exuberance had gotten the best of me. I would have finished in the dark if I kept going. I wasn't concerned about that, but I was expected to grill some chicken for dinner and I was definitely going to be late for that. So I grudgingly turned around and high tailed it back to the trailhead.

Not many people out. I passed a few people on the way out, most within a couple of miles of the trailhead. I caught up with another guy on the way down to the creek. We chatted for a few minutes. He was eyeballing the cliff looming above us, wanting to know what it was. Geronimo Head I told him, recognition coming to him. I told him where the trailhead was and mentioned Hikearizona.com as a good resource if he wanted to tackle it. I want to get up there some day, too. Maybe this year.

As I topped out on the last hill before the descent back to Canyon Lake, I saw Canyon Lake with late afternoon sun hitting the massif just right. It might have been the highlight of the day. Splendid hike. I didn't get to play in the mud, but it was nice to see some rain out there. The desert flora needs it.
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