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First Water Basin, AZ
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6 by photographer avatarAZLumberjack
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First Water Basin, AZ 
First Water Basin, AZ
 
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.33 mph
 
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We got another inch of rain last night, this Monsoon season's making up for the last couple of NON-soon seasons and the desert's loving it... and so are the bugs with mosquitoes, gnats & fly's also making up for lost time.

The 3-1/2 mile drive to the trailhead is through a very rough road with fresh wash-outs to dodge. It doesn't require a high clearance vehicle, but it's slow going most of the way. The parking lots along the way were almost deserted at 07:30.

It was another warm and humid morning but I needed to get out and work the legs a bit so I kept it short by just hitting the First Water Basin out of First Water Trailhead. This two-mile hike follows the First Water Creek through the burnt-out basin area.

Even with last night's rain, the ground is still soaking up the rains and the creek only has a trickle of water flowing between the ponds. The new grass growth is fresh and shiny and there's lots of wildflowers scattered throughout the burnt Cholla and Saguaro. I had to take another shot of the "Saguaro-Tarantulas (SagTran)" as long as it's still standing. The dreaded "Catclaw" is showing why it's such a hated plant as it's got fresh new ground to grow in and it's spreading across the trails already.

A good application of bug spray would be recommended to thwart the bloodsucking bugs and bring lots of water, the temp's and high humidity get ya sweating pretty good.
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