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Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2021
LindaAnn
Hiking10.23 Miles 2,367 AEG
Hiking10.23 Miles   8 Hrs   49 Mns   1.34 mph
2,367 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break
 
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Tom was graciously willing to let me join him on his annual trek to Bluff Spring Mountain. We met at Peralta around 0800 and headed up Bluff Springs Trail. Quite breezy to start, with cool temps. My first time seeing the burn damage in this area. Also got to see the Peralta Rock, which I’d never known about!

The off trail up to the summit was quite steep in places, but we were able to find dry rock most of the way. The softer soil from the rain/snow earlier this week helped with footing too. Still a little bit of snow at the summit, but it’ll be gone soon. Very breezy, so we sat just below the top where we were shielded from the wind. After a snack break, we headed back down.

Tom’s back was not enjoying the descent, so once back on trail, we opted to return on Bluff Springs Trail, rather than loop around on Dutchman. No breeze down low, so it felt warm at times. At Barks Canyon, we decided to head down that rather than stay on the trail. With all the water, finding a good route was challenging at times. Plenty of boulder hopping, dodging catclaw, and trying to stay on dry rock. Progress was slow, but we eventually made it to Dutchman. At one point, we were saying “just another half mile” for what seemed like two miles :lol: The catclaw was the biggest nuisance, without that, it would have been much easier, and seeing all the water was very nice.

Once on Dutchman, it was an easy mile back to the trailhead. Saw two deer, a squirrel, and lots of bones. Very nice day, thanks, Tom, for letting me join you on this one!
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