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Canyon Lake TH to Peralta Trailhead
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Canyon Lake TH to Peralta TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Backpack9.80 Miles 1,961 AEG
Backpack9.80 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   2.03 mph
1,961 ft AEG36 LBS Pack
1st trip
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Backpacked Boulder Canyon from Canyon Lake to Black Top Mesa with Victoria and some friends (party of 5 altogether) as the 1st day of a 3 day backpacking trip.

The plan was to Hike along Boulder Canyon in search of reliable water sources somewhere in the vicinity of Black Top Mesa. We would camp wherever water availability would allow (preferably between 5 and 8 miles in) and use this spot as our basecamp for the remainder of the trip.

We all met up at the parking lot (no Tonto pass needed for boulder canyon parking) and went through the usual exercise of distributing the weight of shared gear and discarding items that were not absolutely necessary once people realized exactly how heavy their bags were.

Once everyone was set up we began the initial ascent. This was a bit tough as our bags were pretty heavy with extra water (as contingency against all the springs being dry) and the food for 3 days. The views of Canyon lake and Boulder canyon ahead from the top/ridgeline were pretty cool though.

Beginning the descent into boulder canyon we came across some old foundations (and a metal bed frame) of what was probably a miners' cabin of some sort which we spent some time exploring. Further down we encountered our first water source at Boulder Creek which had some algae contaminated pools with some flow that were large enough for filtering. This was a big relief as I have a history of failed Superstitions backpacking trips where we hike in, find no water, and then have to hike out the same day (with all the unused gear and food having become pointless dead weight). So the trip was already off to a good start.

At around this point we found ourselves leap-frogging with another group of backpackers which one getting ahead when the other took a break and vice versa. The trails were relatively crowded (for the Superstitions) and we saw no fewer than 8 different groups backpacking throughout the entire trip. There was still plenty of room and we didn't have any neighbors at the sites we selected for camping.

The weather also held together for us. The forecast for this day had variable % of rain in the 25 to 30 % range but we managed to complete our entire hike, get to the desired campsite, and pitch our tents before having any significant precipitation.

Navigation and route-finding were also pretty straightforward. The trails were generally clear. where we had to cross the creek bed there were usually multiple cairns making it apparent where to go. There were quite a few trail junctions though. they all had signs and we only once briefly made a wrong turn which we were able to quickly correct with the gps app.

Of the my preferred camping locations the first (Boulder Creek) was dry, the 2nd (Needle Canyon) had water but not much space, the 3rd East Boulder-Weavers Viewpoint was perfect. It had pools with some flow, flat spots with room for multiple 2p tents, a fire pit (which we improved upon), and a excellent view of Weavers Needle.

We pitched our tents, cooked up some tacos for dinner and planned our next day's adventure. The weather cut our festivities a bit short by starting a rather serious downpour after dinner. We retreated to our tents and called it a night at that point.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few isolated patches, too early in the season for much

dry Boulder Creek - Superstition WA Dry Dry
shallow pools not enough to filter

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Boulder Creek at #103 / #236 Jct Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Green Pools with some flow, plenty to filter

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max East Boulder - Weavers Viewpoint Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Plenty of pools with some flow just north of the campsite

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Little Boulder Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
some pools, enough to filter

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Needle Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Pools with plenty volume for filtering, cleaner than Boulder Creek at #103 /#236 junction was


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