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Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2021
adilling
Hiking4.89 Miles 722 AEG
Hiking4.89 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   2.27 mph
722 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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I attempted a hike yesterday afternoon, but was dissuaded by the mean looking black clouds hovering over Pass Mountain. I opted for an early morning hike and decided to head back to the Supes and did a version of the Hackberry Springs Loop (sans the spring).

I was the only vehicle in the lot when I arrived about 5am and off I went. The clouds looked ok over this area, but it was raining to the west for sure.

This was my first visit on this hike since the Superstition Fire. I have to say, I am still depressed about that one. The fire made it to the First Water TH and the Dutchman Trail was showing the effects of the fire all the way to the 2nd Water turn-off until you reach the little hike up to Garden Valley. That little area survived unscathed, but the fire damage starts up as soon as you get up to the flatlands. The unforgettable acrid smoke smell was thick and just looking at all the of cacti and trees that were roasted was downright disheartening. We will see how this area heals.

I always stop at the arch that's off the trail a bit. The fire made it to the rock formations, but stopped short. The views from the arch area are really nice. That is always the highlight of this hike for me. After some pictures and a little water, I headed down the trail.

I opted to take the bypass trail and skip the springs. This area was not burnt, but you could see the contrast with the areas in the distance that were roasted. I made it to the ranch and took the "road" back to First Water Road.

A nice and easy hike on a very humid morning. I arrived back to the trailhead and my truck was the only vehicle parked. It was great to get out and stretch the legs, but sad to see how bad the fire scarred this area.
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